Two Colorado Metros in Top 15 for Most High-Tech Jobs

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 2:28pm.

Boulder ranks fourth among U.S. cities with the most high-tech jobs, according to a study by 24/7 Wall St. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood is No. 15 on the top 15 list.

Known as a leader in the tech-sector, Boulder is one of 15 major metropolitan areas with at least 9 percent of the workforce employed in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math fields. 

STEM jobs are in computing, manufacturing, engineering, health care and other area, and come with better pay and job security, says a Pew Research Center study. One area of focus for high tech jobs is artificial intelligence and automation. About a quarter of U.S. jobs could be replaced by advanced technology, reports the nonprofit public policy organization Brookings Institution.

To determine metros with the highest number of high-tech jobs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed U.S. labor force by city. Here’s the rundown:

1. California-Lexington Park, Maryland, total employment: 45,460
STEM workers: 24.8%
Most common STEM job: Aerospace engineers
Avg. STEM median wage: $102,826

Located near Washington D.C., the area has many defense contractors such as some of the area’s largest employers BAE Systems, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin.

2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California,total employment: 1,089,070
STEM workers: 20.1%
Most common STEM job: Computer hardware engineers
Avg. STEM median wage: $99,422

The Silicon Valley area is home to well-known tech companies including Google and Apple.

3. Huntsville, Alabama, total employment: 222,080
STEM workers: 15.7%
Most common STEM job: Aerospace engineers
Avg. STEM median wage: $80,483

Huntsville has a rich history in aerospace engineering, and companies like Boeing and Blue Origin employ 4,000 aerospace engineers, more than any other major metro area.

4. Boulder, Colorado, total employment: 178,460
STEM workers: 15.7%

Most common STEM job: Physicists
Avg. STEM median wage: $86,609

Satellite offices for Google and Amazon employ STEM workers. Government facilities such as the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) employ physicists and other STEM workers to research and make discoveries about Earth and our atmosphere. Also the University of Colorado turns out graduates from strong STEM programs.

5. Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina, total employment: 298,540
STEM workers: 12.3%
Most common STEM job: Natural sciences managers
Avg. STEM median wage: $81,911

Located in the Research Triangle, the area has three major universities producing STEM graduates.

15. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado,total employment: 1,443,130
STEM workers: 9.2%
Most common STEM job: Mining and geological engineers, mining safety engineers
Avg. STEM median wage: $81,672

Telecommunications companies Dish Networks and CenturyLink and health care companies like Denver Health and Kaiser Permanente are some of the areas employers of STEM workers. Even so, Denver-area STEM workers are most likely to work as a mining or geological engineer.

To identify cities with the most high-tech jobs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed metropolitan statistical area (MSA)-level data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) database for 2017. Average wages for STEM jobs and total employment were also derived from OES data.

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About Tom Kalinski:

Tom Kalinski is a pillar of the Boulder Valley real estate community who was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016. Tom has vast inside knowledge of the Boulder County real estate market and an impressive 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. Tom is the Owner and Founder of RE/MAX of Boulder, the top-producing local residential real estate company he established in 1977, which has grown to over 100 Realtors. RE/MAX of Boulder has been voted Best Real Estate Group by Boulder Weekly, Best Real Estate Company by Colorado Daily, and named #1 RE/MAX office in the U.S. for sales volume 8 times.

Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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