Beyond the Green Line: Denver, CO
BEYOND THE GREEN LINE is a blog series featured on the Northeastern University Career Development Blog, ‘The Works.’ Each post highlights a major city and gives you an inside look at the local food, culture, music scene, the industries that are thriving there, and some current job openings in the area.’
Denver is a wonderful place to live, earning the #1 ranking in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Places to Live. Denver’s proximity to outdoor recreation, a progressive mind-set and its walkability were all cited as factors. The city offers a strong economy for those pursuing work there. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 32,000 firms have set up shop in Denver in the past 4 years alone, perhaps a reason Denver is listed #1 on Forbes’ list of “The Best Places for Business and Careers”. Ten Fortune 500 companies call Colorado home. In Denver itself, Davita Healthcare is part of the Fortune 500 grouping and the Chipotle headquarters are just below that status.
The Denver Relocation Guide notes:
Due to its proximity to the mineral-rich Rocky Mountains, Denver has long been a home for mining and energy companies such as EnCana, Halliburton, Smith International, Newmont Mining and Noble Energy. Denver’s west-central location within the United States makes communication with both North American coasts, South America, Europe and Asia possible and benefits telecommunications industries including Quest Communications, Dish Network Corporation, Starz-Encore, DirecTV and Comcast. The Denver area is also the home of several national chain restaurants; such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Good Times Burgers and Frozen Custard, Noodles and Company, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Quizno’s and Smashburger; all of which were founded in Denver. Because of Denver’s almost-equal distance from Midwest cities (such as St. Louis and Chicago) and West Coast cities (such as San Diego and Los Angeles), Denver is also a storage and distribution hub for the country.
Northeastern students and alumni will appreciate the relatively young population of the area. According the the Wall Street Journal, millennials are flocking to Denver, but the main reason “isn’t the nearby ski slopes, microbreweries or urban hiking trails… It’s the jobs. The Northeastern Denver Alumni Chapter was established in 2012 and has been growing since. There are over 1,200 Huskies in Denver who can help you navigate the professional and social scene.
One such Huskie, Kristen Lobo, a Business & Economics student on her third co-op in the Denver office of Bluewolf Group is a huge Denver fan as she states: “Living and working in Denver is so different from the hustle and bustle of Boston and other cities on the east coast. In Colorado, the spotlight is on Mother Nature, and even people with demanding jobs find time to participate in the many outdoor activities, whether it is joining a local kickball league, running through the city’s 85 miles of paved trails with their dogs, or driving up to the mountains to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, hike, climb, camp and more.
My favorite thing about Denver (besides our “300 days of sunshine”) is that so many residents are recent transplants like me who moved to the area simply because they love it. This appreciation drives a really positive mentality throughout the city and serves to enhance the excitement from being one of the rising tech hubs in the U.S.”
Food & Drink:
- Cheeseburger: trademarked in Denver
- Craft beer
- The snowball (official state drink)
- Rocky mountain oysters
- Green chili
- The first Chipotle and the first Qdoba
- Biggest Cinco de Mayo parade in the U.S.
- Denver Art Museum and the Wings Over Rockies Air and Space Museum
- Go to the 3-day Great American Beer Festival, held every fall
- Cheer on the Colorado Rockies at Coors field and the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium
- Check out The Source, a new 26,000 square foot marketplace
Here are a sampling of top companies and job opportunities – Log into NUcareers through your MYNEU to explore and apply!
Ball Aerospace Job ID : 1822421 Thermal Engineer I
Job ID : 1822441 Engineer I – Mission Systems Engineering (System Operability)
Lockheed Martin Job ID : 1822453 Systems Engineer-IT Asc
Job ID : 1822471 Software Engineer Asc
Oakman Aerospace Job ID : 1822477 Aerospace Systems Engineer
Sierra Nevada Corporation Job ID : 1822479 Systems Engineer
Job ID : 1822481 Pricing Support Analyst I S
Job ID : 1822482 Program Planning & Scheduling Analyst
McNeil Gray & Rice Public Relations Job ID: 1822414 PR/Marketing Internship
Job ID:1822411 Public Relations Entry Level Position
Smashburger Job ID: 1822439 Lease Analyst
Job ID: 1822443 Lease Administrator
Job ID: 1822444 Product Manager, Digital Commerce
Job ID: 1822447 Procurement Coordinator
Job ID: 1822450 E-Commerce Marketing Manager
Job ID: 1822454 People Support Service Center Specialist (Bilingual)
Job ID: 1822458 IT Quality Assurance Engineer (Long Term Contract)
Centura Health Job ID : 1822418 RN – Gen Med
Job ID : 1822420 Registered Nurse ICU
Job ID : 1822422 Registered Nurse PRN
DaVita Healthcare Job ID : 1822426 Project Analyst
Job ID : 1822431 Director, Internal Audit
Job ID : 1822432 Sr. UX Researcher
Denver Health Group Job ID : 1822435 Addictions Psychiatrist
Job ID : 1822438 Urgent Care Physician Job
Job ID : 1822442 Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon
HealthONE Corporations Job ID : 1822445 Interventional Radiology Technologist Lead
Job ID : 1822451 Registered Nurse
Job ID : 1822455Director Medical Staff Service
Job ID : 1822457 RN PRN (Wound Care)
Job ID : 1822459 Electrophysiology Nurse Practitioner
Job ID : 1822462 Registered Nurse (RN) – Infusion
Job ID : 1822468 Surgery Technician II
Job ID : 1822470 Nurse Manager – NICU III
SCL Health System Job ID : 1822474 RN Nurse Practitioner – Clinic
Job ID : 1822475 Director Patient Access
Job ID : 1822476 Mental Health Worker
Morse Corporation Job ID: 1822469 Robotics Software Engineer
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Dish Network Corporation
United Launch Alliance (ULA)
Coming Next: Beyond the Green Line – China
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This post was authored by Melissa Glaser Rubin, a Career Development Contractor in Northeastern’s Career Development Department. Melissa is a career specialist with previous experience in education and nonprofit management. She has lived and worked in 5 states and traveled to 37 and loves exploring all that a city has to offer. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.