Jobs report: Denver tops nation in job opportunities for retail merchandisers, school psychologists

As the latest U.S. jobs report hits newsstands, how did cities in the Denver area do in terms of new jobs added last month? And which industries and occupations may be attracting workers to the area most?

Denver has risen to first place among U.S. cities in hiring for retail merchandisers, according to new positions posted last month on jobs site Glassdoor. The city also ranked first in new job openings for school psychologists and security professionals.

Comparing across the country, Denver came in ahead of New York City, the U.S. city with the second-most new positions for retail merchandisers last month. That is especially notable, since New York City has a much larger population, at 8,461,961, compared to the Mile High City's 663,303, according to 2016 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Communities Survey.

In terms of hiring by industry, Denver did best in telecommunications, placing third among U.S. cities in terms of total jobs added last month by local telecommunications companies. The city also ranked third for new jobs added in the construction industry, and fourth for utilities jobs.

The top U.S. city for new positions in telecommunications last month was New York City, while Houston topped the charts nationwide for new positions in construction.

If we focus on hiring by occupation relative to the local population, Denver is most competitive in demand for advisory services specialists, placing eighth among U.S. cities last month in per-capita openings for that skill set. Denver fell just behind McLean, Virginia in hiring for advisory services specialists. (McLean has a smaller population, bumping up its per-capita jobs ratio.)

Looking for new opportunities in a field with strong local demand? Companies like Coors Distributing Company of Denver and Home Depot are bringing on retail merchandisers. Other local employers like DSST Public Schools are currently hiring school psychologists. And among competitive local industries, telecommunications companies like Layer3 TV, MeetingOne, and DISH are hiring software engineers, payroll specialists, and retention specialists.

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