I work in IT, as a Unix/J2EE System Engineer, so I chose "A traditional career" so on..
I kind of just fell into this type of work.
Throughout my 20's I was a professional musician, I love it but got really tired of truly being a starving musician.
I would think a degree in Engineering Physics (I'm guessing that's Mechanical Engineering) would do well in Denver, if not look around Orange County, CA, there are all kinds of tech firms around here.
Oh good, I'm not alone! I'm a software engineer myself, but I do .NET programming.