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Hiring Trends


The Colorado Department of Labor tracks new hires each month across the state. Here are some of the top jobs that our employers have been seeking over the last six months.

How many people have been hired? Over the last 6 months, more than 115 people have been hired in La Plata County to work in these professions.

What types of jobs are available for health care professionals? Some of the most common recent hires include Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Cardiovascular Technologists and Physician Assistants.

What types of experience and education do I need? Typically, Healthcare professions place a greater emphasis on education than experience, at least starting out. Most healthcare professions require a Masters degree or higher. However, Nurses are one of the most in-demand fields in La Plata County and you may be able to start with an Associates degree.

What kind of pay can I expect? Within the Healthcare field, entry-level pay in western Colorado is about $35,000 per year. The average salary in the field is $66,000 per year. People with significant experience can earn as much as $82,000 per year or more in this profession.

How many people have been hired? Over the last 6 months, more than 70 people have been hired in La Plata County to work in this profession.

What types of sales profession jobs are available in La Plata County? Some of the most common recent hires include Retail Store Managers, Salespersons, Insurance Agents, and Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives.

What types of experience and education do I need? Sales occupations are a great way to build work experience while in school or moving to a new community. Many fields within sales require experience similar to the position being sought. Some jobs such as Insurance Agents may require a Bachelor's degree, and retail store managers will often require significant experience both working as and supervising retail employees.

What kind of pay can I expect? Within Sales and Retail, entry-level pay in western Colorado is about $18,000 per year. The average salary in the field is $34,000 per year. People with significant experience can earn $42,000 per year or more.

How many people have been hired? Over the last 6 months, companies have hired more than 45 people to work in Transportation related fields.

What types of jobs are available for in the transportation field? Some of the most common recent hires include Truck Drivers for both tractor trailers as well as local delivery services, Freight Laborers, and Chauffeurs.

What types of experience and education do I need? Transportation work typically requires specialized training, and more advanced positions such as working as a heavy truck driver will require a prior work experience. Many professionals in this field receive on-the-job training from their employers.

What kind of pay can I expect? Within Transportation, entry-level pay in western Colorado is about $23,000 per year. The average salary in the field is $38,000 per year. People with significant experience can earn $46,000 per year or more in these professions.

How many people have been hired? Over the last 6 months, local companies have sought more than 30 new managers here in La Plata County.

What types of management jobs are available in Durango and La Plata County? Some of the most common management positions that have been available recently include Medical Services, Information Systems, Public Relations, and Community and Social Services.

What types of experience and education do I need? Management positions often require both a good work history and a strong educational background as well. Bachelors degrees are often needed, and a Masters degrees can help you significantly.

What kind of pay can I expect? Salaries can vary widely within Management positions with significant upside potential. In western Colorado, entry-level managers typically earn about $45,000 per year. The average salary for managers is around $73,000 per year. Experienced managers can earn $100,000 per year or more.

How many people have been hired? Over the last 6 months, about 25 people have been hired in La Plata County to work if office and administrative support positions.

What types of administrative jobs are available? Some of the most common recent hires include Customernk Tellers, and Clerks.

What types of experience and education do I need?< Service Representatives, Administrative Assistants, Ba/em> Office and Administrative Support positions often require on-the-job training. More advanced positions will also expect their applicants to have a good work history. A Bachelor's degree is a plus, but is not required.

What kind of pay can I expect? Within Office and Administrative Support, entry-level pay in western Colorado is about $20,000 per year. The average salary in the field is $32,000 per year. Administrative professionals with significant experience can earn $38,000 per year or more.

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