Two-thirds of job vacancies were for full-time positions, and three-quarters were permanent jobs. Seven out of 10 positions required previous work experience.More than 400 occupations statewide had vacancies in 2013. The top 25 occupations shown in the table represent nearly half (46%) of the total. Four occupations had more than 1,000 vacancies each: personal care aides, farmworkers and laborers, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, and customer service representatives.
Wages offered for job vacancies varied widely depending on the education requirement. Vacancies that did not require education beyond high school offered an average hourly wage below $12.00 per hour, compared with average hourly wages of $24.01 per hour for vacancies that required an associate degree, $26.03 per hour for a bachelor's degree, and $33.22 for a graduate degree.
Employers also offered higher wages when their vacancies required more than a year of previous experience. Vacancies with no experience requirement paid an average of $11.26 per hour. Those requiring less than one year of experience paid $10.91 per hour. For vacancies that required one to five years of previous work experience, the average wage offered was $17.32 per hour, while those that required five or more years of experience averaged $28.34.
The health care and social assistance industry accounted for one out of five vacancies, more than any other industry sector. Three additional industries each accounted for more than 10 percent of Oregon job vacancies: management, administrative, and waste services (which includes company headquarters and temporary staffing agencies, among other businesses); leisure and hospitality; and manufacturing.
The survey captured data for five sub-state regions: Northwest Oregon/Willamette Valley; the Portland Tri-County area; Southwestern Oregon; Central Oregon; and Eastern Oregon. The Portland Tri-County area had just over 16,000 vacancies, 49 percent of the statewide total. Vacancies in the Portland Tri-County area were more likely to require education beyond high school, and offered higher wages on average, at $16.61 per hour.
The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has been conducted since 2008. The 2013 Oregon Job Vacancy Survey results represent the first ever combination of four quarters worth of vacancy surveys. The estimates are based on responses from 10,600 Oregon employers.
For more details on statewide and regional vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Oregon Job Vacancies."
|Top 25 Occupations in Oregon|
|With the Highest Number of Job Vacancies, 2013|
|Occupation||Vacancies||Full-time Positions||Permanent Positions|
|Personal Care Aides||1,408||50%||79%|
|Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse||1,276||48%||23%|
|Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers||1,191||90%||75%|
|Customer Service Representatives||1,154||78%||95%|
|Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers||575||0%||4%|
|Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand||570||76%||16%|
|Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria||523||11%||14%|
|Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners||519||49%||80%|
|Waiters and Waitresses||511||10%||28%|
|Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners||498||62%||69%|
|Software Developers, Applications||486||100%||52%|
|Stock Clerks and Order Fillers||458||39%||76%|
|Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food||435||11%||100%|
|Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers||423||39%||0%|
|Home Health Aides||390||95%||99%|
|Amusement and Recreation Attendants||299||0%||91%|
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||281||80%||100%|
|Forest and Conservation Workers||278||100%||0%|
|Oregon Job Vacancies by Geography, 2013|
|Geography||Vacancies||Average Hourly Wage||Full-time Positions||Permanent Positions||
Requiring Education Beyond
|Requiring Previous Experience||Difficult to Fill|