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Employment, Education and Travel Opportunities in Oregon

Updated on March 4, 2015

The Lewis and Clark Expedition Trail to Oregon


Oregon Development From 1800 to 2050

Oregon in the Pacific Northwest is in a place known for its historic contrubitions to First Nations and European pioneering lives. The land and lakes have been a crossroads of a sort an done that attracted Lewis and Clark, finally, to the Pacific Ocean with the help of Sacagawea.

Oregon is a land of majestic ancient and new forest growth as well as the Lumber Industry. Wildlife is abundant, from the salmon that spawn in its streams the the bears that catch them as they swim past them. Nature and a new emphasis on 21st Century sustainability has driven new industries to the Pacific Northwest, with the first being hydroelectricity beginning back in 1882. Joseph/Silver Lake, Oregon is home to the Chief Joseph Dam, which is the second major hydroleclectric producer in the USA. Portland OR enjoyed hydroelectricity as early as September 1882.

Logging was another major activity in the early white settlements as they developed industries. Today, major hiring industries include Healthcare, IT, and Tourist/Travel services such as food service. These are all expected to continue to exapand in the 21st Century.

Lewis and Clark Bridge to Oregon - Logging Scenes

Top 10 Oregon Universities, With Top Graduate Schools Attached

  1. Portland State University -
  2. University of Oregon -
  3. Oregon State University at Corvallis -
  4. Western Oregon University -
  5. Southern Oregon University -
  6. Eastern Oregon University -
  7. Oregon Institute of Technology at Klamath Falls -
  8. University of Portland -
  9. Lewis & Clark College -
  10. George Fox University -


Labor Projections for Oregon 2008 - 2018, Federal and State Statistics

The job titles expected to experience the greatest growth in numbers for the state, among 160,000+ new jobs, include the following:

  1. Registered Nurses (RNs) - Also the fastest growth, by percentage, at 29+% according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This will likely include growing numbers of Nurse Practitioners (NPs). Healthcare is the industry projected to grow the fastest in Oregon, much faster than any other set of occupations. Travel Nursing with its extra benefits and perks will become increasingly important as job demand exceeds labor pool availability.
  2. Fast Food, Cafeteria, and Concessions-type dining jobs: These are positions that require the worker to prepare and serve dishes.
  3. Retail and food service cashiers - includes grocery stores.
  4. Wait Staff - Full service restaurant staff; part of the Travel and Tourism Industry.
  5. Clerical: Office Clerks
  6. General Cleaners and Janitors (also called maintenance men)
  7. Bookkeeping and Accounting Clerks and related clerks - These entail a greater breadth of training and include more responsibilities than the position of general office clerk. They also are more important, given the ever-increasing use of Forensic Accounting techniques and in assisting Executive Forensic Accountants.
  8. Receptionists/Greeting Clerks/Customer Information Desk Clerks
  9. Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) - In-person, Internet, telephone.
  10. General Managers and Operations Managers

Most of these occupations are in the Services Industries and many are also involved in Healthcare Industry settings: hospitals, medical schools, clinics, and private practices.

Oregon Employment Trends

The number of total jobs available remained constant through the end of August 2012 at 60,000, although the mix of open jobs changed.
The number of total jobs available remained constant through the end of August 2012 at 60,000, although the mix of open jobs changed. | Source

The graph above illustrates the peaks of job listings and growth from January 2006 through January 2011, although fluctuations occurred yearly. By March 2015, Oregon still offered a total job listing advertised at 52,000 job vacancies. Truck driving and foster care work expanded quickly in 2014 - 2015.

Top Hiring Companies

Kasier Permanente and Providence Health are the leaders in Healthcare Industry jobs in Oregon, which is in the highest demand for occupations here in the 2010s. Intel is the leading hiring company in IT/Computers. Safeway, Strarbucks, and Taco Bell lead in food-related service jobs.


March 2015 High Demand Jobs in Orgeon

At the end of August 2012, Oregon still possessed job listings to the total of 60,000 across all Internet sources. Highest Demand Jobs at this time includes:

  1. Life Insurance Agents
  2. Truck Drivers, CDL -- These jobs are expected to increased marked to 2020/
  3. Financial Products Sales
  4. Engineers - Mechanical, Electrical and IT
  5. Physicians
  6. RN Licensed Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  7. Sales Representatives
  8. Salespeople
  9. Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists
  10. Grocery Store crew and management positions.

Comparison: Highest Demand Jobs, March 2011

Approximately 60,100 job listings were found across the Internet for Oregon in March 2011. The most frequently listed were:

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Account Executives - Investment, finance, wholesale sales areas.
  4. Software Engineers
  5. Sales Representatives
  6. Baristas – Starbucks and other restaurants
  7. Shift Supervisors – Various industries.
  8. Salespeople
  9. Registered Nurses (RNs) - Increasing numbers of Nurse Practitioners are in high demand within this category.
  10. Food Clerk/Cashiers
  11. Courtesy Clerk/CSRs
  12. Physicians in Family Practice. this used to be falled GP or General Practitioner. As more and more doctors specialized in certain fields 1980 - 2000, the nation fell into a shortage of GPs.
  13. Deli Clerks – grocery stores
  14. Project Managers
  15. AVON sales – Independent Contractors. Increasing numbers of Americans are becoming independent contractors in such fields as retail sales, freelance writing, and others.

Regional Revews: Portland Area

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Portland is one of the most active and important cities in the State of Oregon, and the first to receive electricity from hydro-power in 1882.

Oregon Regional Reviews


A full 32,000 jobs of the 52,000 listings in Oregon are located within a 25-mile radius of Portland. This circle encompasses most of available jobs in the state of Oregon.

Life Insurance Sales Agents are highest in-demand workers in this area.

March 2015 Jobs

  1. Life Insurance Agents and Staff
  2. Adult and Child foster care program jobs - Albertina Kerr Centers in and around Portand.
  3. Software Engineers
  4. Dental and Medical Assistants
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs) - includes Travel Nurses
  6. Baristas
  7. Sales Representatives
  8. Administrative Assistants
  9. IT Project Managers
  10. Physicians

Greater Portland Area Job Concentrations

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State Capital Area in Oregon


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    • liquidgranite profile image

      liquidgranite 6 years ago

      I love Oregon.

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Employment in healthcare there seems to be a good choice. Travelling nurses are on the rise in lots of states. v/r

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Oregon must be so beautiful and just the kind of country I would love. Thank you.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I have never lived in Oregon. I love to move around and may end up there one day. Your Hubs are going to be very helpful.