Data Sources and Limitations

for Career Explorer

The Oregon Employment Department, in collaboration with the Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB), Oregon Department of Education, and other partners, developed definitions for high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations as follows:

High-wage Occupations

Occupations paying more than the all-industry, all-ownership median wage for statewide or a particular region.

High-demand Occupations

Occupations having more than the median number of total (growth plus replacement) openings for statewide or a particular region.

High-skill Occupations

Occupations with a typical educational level needed for entry of postsecondary training (non-degree) or higher
Occupations with an apprenticeship as the "typical on-the-job training" level
Occupations typically needing related work experience or long-term OJT for entry and postsecondary training (non-degree) or above as competitive.