Information Technology Schools & Programs in Colorado

Colorado State University Fort Collins

Colorado State University Fort Collins

Colorado State University Fort Collins

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Did you know, there are 50 four-year higher education schools in Colorado?

Are you looking for IT schools in Colorado? Has your love for technology and interest in computers led you to pursue your IT degree? Do you want to jumpstart your career in IT in Colorado but don’t know where to begin your journey? Well, Did you know in 2013, there was an estimated 10,590 computer systems analysts employed in Colorado, earning a median annual salary of $94,130[i]? But before we talk about career information, here are some 2013 general education facts about colleges in Colorado that you should consider:[ii]

  • There are 50 four-year institutions in Colorado, just below the national average of 56
  • There are 36 two-year institutions compared to the national average of 33
  • The total female fall enrollment in Colorado is 199,798, while the national is 228,592
  • The national average for total male fall enrollment is 156,856, while Colorado has 436,350
  • The total undergraduate fall enrollment in Colorado is 300,903, while the total graduate fall enrollment is 55,751
  • Colorado awarded a total of 72,595 degrees/certificates July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010

Information Technology Careers in Colorado:

There are many potential career paths in IT, from writing code and software applications to physically diagnosing problems in the hardware of a machine. Be sure to read an IT job description carefully to find out what responsibilities are required for the role, in the meantime, we have gathered some examples of different IT career paths in Colorado, along with salary and job growth information specific to the state. 

Computer Systems Analyst[i]

Sample of reported job titles: Applications Analyst, Business Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Computer Analyst, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Systems Consultant, Information Systems Analyst (ISA), Programmer Analyst, Systems Analyst, Systems Engineer[a]

  • Computer systems analysts employed in Colorado in 2013: 10,590
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Colorado, 4.61 are computer systems analysts.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $55,390
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $143,210

Computer systems analyst salary information for specific metro areas of Colorado (CO)[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Boulder, CO$55,600$87,180$125,050
Colorado Springs, CO $60,260$97,600$137,070
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO$56,990$84,490$145,560
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO$56,870$83,060$128,860
Grand Junction, CO$57,180$78,040NA

 

Network and Computer Systems Administrator[iii]

Sample of reported job titles: Information Technology Director (IT Director), Information Technology Manager (IT Manager), Information Technology Specialist (IT Specialist), Local Area Network Administrator (LAN Administrator), Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Manager, Network Specialist, Systems Administrator, Systems Engineers.[b]

  • Network and computer systems administrators employed in Colorado in 2013: 10,090
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Colorado, 4.40 are network and computer systems administrators.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $50,080
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $114,100

Network and computer systems administrator salary information for specific metro areas of Colorado (CO)[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Boulder, CO$54,770$81,220$116,470
Colorado Springs, CO $45,500$72,480$108,740
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO$50,720$82,520$118,040
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO$51,200$75,640$106,420
Grand Junction, CO$42,450$64,880$98,270

 

Web Developer [iv]

Sample of reported job titles:  Web Designer, Web Developer, Webmaster[c] 

  • Web developers employed in Colorado in 2013: 2,650
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Colorado, 1.15 are web developers.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $31,340
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $102,220

Web developer salary information for specific metro areas of Colorado (CO)[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Boulder, CO$36,520$62,940$93,860
Colorado Springs, CO $32,600$45,840$92,590
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO$39,780$57,820$109,470
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO$22,400$30,590$73,850

 

Computer Programmer [v]

Sample of reported job titles: Analyst Programmer, Applications Developer, Computer Programmer Analyst, Internet Programmer, Java Developer, Programmer, Programmer Analyst, Software Developer, Web Programmer[d] 

  • Computer programmers employed in Colorado in 2013: 4,040
  • For every 1,000 people employed in Colorado, 1.76 are computer programmers.
  • The annual mean 10th percentile wage in 2013: $49,100
  • The annual mean 90th percentile wage in 2013: $163,430

Computer programmer salary information for specific metro areas of Colorado (CO)[iv]

Metro AreaLowest 10thMedianHighest 90th
Boulder, CO$55,270$86,860$143,680
Colorado Springs, CO $48,400$79,280$108,900
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO$54,890$86,540$169,960
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO$45,980$83,100$156,290
Grand Junction, CO$42,120$73,090$158,330

 

Top IT Careers in Colorado

Numerous IT occupations made the top 10 Occupations list of the Colorado Department of Labor based on the number of jobs ads posted between February 1 through 28,2015[ix]. Discover below which information technology careers are on the list:

  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Network and Computer System Administrators
  • Computer User Support Specialists
  • Computer Systems Analysts

Software and IT Services Companies in Colorado2>

Among the many different types of industries that contribute to Colorado’s total employment there are  some interesting IT companies that are a part of the mix. Inc. compiled a list of the Top Companies in Colorado on the 2014 Inc. 5000, and of those companies, twelve are Software companies and fifteen are IT Services companies[vi]. Here are a few IT Services and Software companies in Colorado that made the list:

  • #233 SendGrid - This Colorado software company developed a cloud-based technology that allows for companies to arrange their email marketing through them. SendGrid is based out of Boulder, CO. [vii]
  • #317 Phidiax - Phidiax delivers IT solutions to companies, including providing Microsoft Azure Cloud and custom Microsoft software apps. This IT Services company is based out of Denver, Colorado. [viii]
  • #469 ThemeSoft - This company is an IT consulting and creative company that manage companies' information technology needs and develop their digital marketing strategy. Among their many offices, ThemeSoft has an office in Colorado Springs, CO. [ix]
  • #440 Swiftpage - Swiftpage a software company that provides technology solutions to companies, as well as a contact and customer management services. It is based out of Denver, CO. [x]
  • #1916 Quick Left – Quick Left is a software company that builds web and mobile applications. They are based out of Boulder, Colorado and provide full-stack development, consulting, and UX design to seeking companies.[xi]

This listing is for informational purposes only and does not represent that jobs are available or will be available at these companies.   


[a]  onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1121.00   |   [b] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1142.00  |  [c] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1134.00  |  [d] onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1131.00  | [i] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151121.htm | [ii] nces.ed.gov/programs/stateprofiles/sresult.asp?mode=full&displaycat=4&s1=08  |  [iii] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151142.htm  |  [iv]   CO-BLSsalarydata.pdf  | [v] bls.gov/oes/current/oes151131.htm  |  [vi] |inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/state/co/   |  [vii] sendgrid.com/about  |  [viii] phidiax.com/About/About  |  [ix] themesoft.com/about-us/|[x] swiftpage.com/en-us/contact-us.shtml  |  [xi] quickleft.com  |  [xii] national.edu/programs/college-of-business-accounting-and-technology/information-technology  |  [xiii] national.edu/accreditations-approvals-affiliations/  |  [ix] colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/node/42366

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