Getting a good job is not the only reason to go to college, although much public discussion seems to focus on this one goal. So let’s take a look at the job market in our part of Colorado.

Top 25 Careers for Community College Graduates

An economic forecasting agency recently projected the top 25 job categories in Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, and Larimer counties requiring a community college degree or certificate. EMSI – or Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. – ranked each industry segment by the number of employees, how fast it is growing, and how much it pays as a median hourly wage. Then it averaged those numbers. Here’s the top 25. As you can see by the links, FRCC offers pathways to many of these career fields.

  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Dental Hygienists
  3. Respiratory Therapists
  4. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  5. Paralegals and Legal Assistants
  6. Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
  7. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  8. Surgical Technologists (coming soon to the Westminster Campus)
  9. Physical Therapist Assistants
  10. Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  11. Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
  12. Radiation Therapists
  13. Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  14. Occupational Therapy Assistants
  15. Computer User Support Specialists
  16. Web Developers
  17. Radiologic Technologists
  18. Computer Network Support Specialists
  19. First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  20. Geological and Petroleum Technicians
  21. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  22. Nursing Assistants
  23. Massage Therapists
  24. Architectural and Civil Drafters
  25. Medical Assistants

The National Picture

A U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored website has a listing of occupations with the most job openings nationally for community college graduates through 2024. Some of the jobs listed above mesh with this list, and some other occupations with FRCC links also feature in this Top 25:

As you make choices about your educational and career path, it’s helpful to know what the job post-graduation landscape looks like. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the FRCC career services office at your campus to explore opportunities and employers, prepare for interviews, and find your dream job.

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