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Professional Opportunities

La Plata County is more than a beautiful place to live.  We are a region filled with entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits that are always looking to bring in the best and brightest talent to help grow their future!

Whether you are seeking academic employment at Fort Lewis or Southwest Colorado Community College, or looking for engineering positions with StoneAge or Soundtraxx, or want to join one of the top health care facilities in the country at Mercy or Animas Surgical Hospital, or are looking to sharpen your IT skills with a technology firm like Mercury Payment Systems, we have companies that are ready to talk to you about how you can be part of their promising future. Here is some more information that can help you better understand what types of jobs are most common in La Plata County, what local employers have been seeking recently in the market, and where you can turn to find job, networking, and entrepreneurial opportunities.


Job Occupations in La Plata County

What are the most common jobs in Durango and La Plata County, and what can you earn in these fields?  The answers may surprise you!  Our Facts and Figures page contains information on both the largest job occupations in La Plata County, as well as those that have been growing the fastest over the past decade.  Just click on the “Job Occupations” tab on that page to find out more!

Job Occupation Data



Hiring Trends for La Plata County

Durango and La Plata County have a variety of jobs.  The rise of the oil and natural gas industries in the 1950s and 1960s have turned the San Juan Basin into one of the most productive gas fields in the nation.  As a result, technical, trade, and engineering positions abound throughout the region.  We are also home to a vibrant tourist industry which creates many opportunities in retail, accommodations, and outfitting companies. But La Plata County has also seen very strong growth in business services such as IT, medical, consulting, and manufacturing.  Our private, non-profit and public companies and organizations offer careers for a wide variety of professionals. As a result, we have a surprisingly diverse set of occupations.  A list of some of our top occupations and fastest growing ones are available on our Facts & Figures page.

Regional Hiring Trends


Searching for Jobs

Durango and La Plata County have had some of the best job growth in the state of Colorado!  Whether you are already here and are looking to take the next step in your career, or want to contribute to our local economy as a professional, or are thinking of moving here and want to know where to look, we have the resources you need to find what best fits your skills and interests.

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