Eastern Oregon’s Top Occupations Not Expected to Change Much by 2024

by Tony Wendel

January 6, 2017

Every two years, the Oregon Employment Department’s Research Division produces 10-year industry and occupational employment projections. These projections are produced for Oregon and its nine local workforce areas as well as some sub-regions. The Eastern Oregon workforce area is comprised of Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties.
According to the most recent 2014 to 2024 occupational projections, the top occupation in 2014 for Eastern Oregon was farmworkers and laborers for crops, nurseries, and greenhouses followed by retail salespersons, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, and cashiers. The top 10 occupations for Eastern Oregon in 2014 are shown in the accompanying table.

Looking ahead to 2024, the top occupation for Eastern Oregon is projected to be farmworkers and laborers for crops, nurseries, and greenhouses. In fact, the top seven occupations are expected to be the same in 2024 as in 2014 as shown in the other table. The only occupation from the top 10 in 2014 not projected to still be in the top 10 in 2024 is bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks. Registered nurses is expected to move up a spot from ninth to eighth while farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers is projected to move into the top 10 in the ninth spot.

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