Eastern Oregon’s Top Occupations Not Expected to Change Much by 2030

by Tony Wendel

November 8, 2021

The Oregon Employment Department’s Research Division regularly 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 2020 to 2030 Occupational Employment Projections, the top occupation in 2020 for Eastern Oregon was farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers followed by fast food and counter workers; farmworkers and laborers for crops, nurseries, and greenhouses; cashiers; and retail salespersons. The top 10 occupations for Eastern Oregon in 2020 are shown in the accompanying table.
Looking ahead to 2030, the top occupation for Eastern Oregon is projected to be farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers. In fact, the top 10 occupations in 2030 are expected to be the same as in 2020, as shown in the other table, with just a couple of changes in the order. Fast food and counter workers is expected to change places with farmworkers and laborers for crops, nurseries, and greenhouses. Also, office clerks, general and crematory operators and personal care and service workers, all other are expected to swap positions. To find out more about the 2020-2030 Occupational Employment Projections for Eastern Oregon, Oregon statewide, and other areas in Oregon, please visit www.QualityInfo.org/pubs.


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