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Old 11-02-2011, 10:59 PM
 
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Colorado High-Tech Employment

State government data from 2 weeks ago. Both statewide & Denver Advanced technology jobs down in September 2011 compared to August 2011... but both above the employment levels of a year ago. The statewide % change was larger than for Denver area for both September compared to August and September compared to a year ago. So a mixed recent vs real recent picture.


Colorado Workforce by the Colo. Dept. of Labor and Employment

The advanced Tech jobs all-time peak in the state came at the beginning of 2001. The recent high level came in June 2008. The recent low was in January 2011, with employment about the same as it was 13 years ago. In July 2011 the level rose back to almost 95% of June 2008 but that is still about 20% less than the all-time peak. 2 straight down months recently but short-term bounces sometimes happen.

Using the data analysis tool at the Colorado Labor Marker Information unit's site, it appears they are currently projecting this sector to increase employment in the state by about 3,000 jobs in the next 2 years and by about 20,000 jobs over the next 10 years. That would put the total employment level higher than any time except the go-go period of 1999-2002 but it is expected to take 10 years to get there. Of course these are projections and subject to change but for what is worth that is they are projecting an up decade right now.

I can't link to the saved table results but you can check yourself here
http://lmigateway.coworkforce.com/lmigateway/analyzer/searchAnalyzer.asp?cat=HST_EMP_WAGE_OCC&session=OC CPROJ&subsession=99&areaname=&time=&geo=0801&blnSt art=True (broken link)
The job classifications seem to be sorted every which overlapping way so it is a bit confusing but if you want to check a specific job classification the information is there and not just for IT jobs but rather any job classification.

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Old 11-02-2011, 11:40 PM
 
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It makes me want to visit states with large bodies of water. I always liked how the weather was in Colorado though. ;<
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Old 11-03-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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As for IT jobs on the Front Range, like any other kind of job in this state, they are highly competitive and frequently scarce. As an example, a friend of mine, a highly experienced IT individual with nearly 30 years of experience, is now working out of state most of the time because of downsizing occurring in Colorado. Contrary to what is frequently spewed out on this site, Colorado's tech sector appears to be quietly continuing in contraction from what I've seen in the IT field--and I just met with one of Colorado's long-time IT companies in the past few weeks. Like many, they were absorbed by an out-of-state operation a few years ago, and a lot of their Colorado employees have either been transferred out of state or cut loose.
Wow, a guy with thirty years of IT experience is having a hard time finding a job? Be still my beating heart. Is he a supervisor? Manager? Worker bee? Does he consult, do software, hardware installation.

I'm not surprised in the least at this anecdotal evidence. IT's a backroom operation and a lot of it can be outsourced elsewhere in the world.
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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Wow, a guy with thirty years of IT experience is having a hard time finding a job? Be still my beating heart. Is he a supervisor? Manager? Worker bee? Does he consult, do software, hardware installation.

I'm not surprised in the least at this anecdotal evidence. IT's a backroom operation and a lot of it can be outsourced elsewhere in the world.
He has worked for 6 different companies in the last 15 years--not because he is job-hopping, but rather because of all the mergers and consolidations in the industry. His employers have all had various issues of being merged, bought out, gone bankrupt, consolidate operations out of state--all of it. He considers himself better off than he was in the dot-com bust in the early 2000's. Then, his job (and home) was based in Colorado, but his employer dictated that he work nearly 9 months out of every year in Europe--that went on for around 4 years. Really hard on him when he was doing that with a family of school age kids. His job is as a high-end software engineer.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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These sorts of IT mergers, consolidations, movings, relocations and travels are common around the industry, not just in COLO. Anecdotal stories are interesting for their details, but in the larger context we don't see anyone turning out the lights in the Denver Tech Center, and almost daily we have people posting new threads about moving to Denver / Boulder for an IT job.
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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These sorts of IT mergers, consolidations, movings, relocations and travels are common around the industry, not just in COLO. Anecdotal stories are interesting for their details, but in the larger context we don't see anyone turning out the lights in the Denver Tech Center, and almost daily we have people posting new threads about moving to Denver / Boulder for an IT job.
Business keeps going. Last week I spent an hour on the phone with a remote hands tech at a data center facility in Denver, walking him through the procedure of connecting and cabling new equipment we had shipped there for one of our cabinets.

By the way this particular data center (Level 3 facility on 15th Street) can really use some decent help who are not apathetic and screw up simple instructions. So if any of you folks out there who know something of networking and hardware, take pride in your work and are looking for a job, you'd be doing all of us Level 3 customers a favor by getting over there and getting hired.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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Business keeps going. Last week I spent an hour on the phone with a remote hands tech at a data center facility in Denver, walking him through the procedure of connecting and cabling new equipment we had shipped there for one of our cabinets.

By the way this particular data center (Level 3 facility on 15th Street) can really use some decent help who are not apathetic and screw up simple instructions. So if any of you folks out there who know something of networking and hardware, take pride in your work and are looking for a job, you'd be doing all of us Level 3 customers a favor by getting over there and getting hired.
A problem all over the US, unfortunately, is a lack of motivated employees in most any field who actually give a damn about their work. It is one reason that this country is getting its butt kicked competitively on a regular basis. Unfortunately, Colorado seems to attract a disproportionate number of those "screw ups" because they place their recreation and "lifestyle" ahead of doing decent work in their job. I'm the first one to say that one should work to live, not live to work, but one still has to have enough knowledge, judgment, pride and gumption to try to do decent work if one expects to succeed. That little "life lesson" seems lost on a lot of people these days--including a fair number who have plunked their rumps down in this state.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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Colorado is not a boating paradise. It's nature that the moisture the Rockies catch, runs off quickly down the mountains rather than sitting around. So compared to many states, Colorado is pretty weak when it comes to sizable natural lakes.

The rest is reservoirs, many of which have a lot of restrictions to protect the water supply from pollution from petroleum powered engines. And in dry years they can get drawn down pretty severely.
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