Colorado's unemployment rate is low, and while that's good news for the workers with jobs, there's a downside for industries seeking skilled workers. We took a look at three.
“I hear frustrations in finding qualified individuals to work in your office, be it a hygienist, be it a dental assistant, be it somebody who's up front," said Dr. Brett Levin of Levin Family Dental.
Job: Dental Hygienist
Education: Dental Hygienist school (2-year degree associate degree)
Pay: $50,000-100,000 (depending on board certifications and length of time in industry)
“There is a labor shortage for early childhood teachers, especially for credentialed qualified teachers," said Dr. Pamela Harris with Mile High Early Learning. "The research shows that when you start young, you avoid a lot of issues in later years."
Job: Early education teacher or pre-school teacher
Education: Lead preschool teacher needs a bachelor degree and for other jobs, Mile High Early Learning created a 120-hour course to get a Child Development Associate.
Pay: $12.50 an hour for those without a bachelor degree and $21 and hour with a bachelor degree
“When I was first applying I applied to like 12 places and I got 9 interviews with almost no kitchen experience," said Tim Kirk a line cook at Q House to illustrate the shortage in the restaurant industry.
Job: Line Cook
Education: None, but some can take courses to make more money and land a better job. Emily Griffith Technical College offers a 4-week free program called Culinary Quickstart.
Pay: $12-$15 dollars an hour