Prioritizing Occupations for Training in Lane County

by Brian Rooney

January 30, 2017

Analysis by the Oregon Employment Department shows that Lane County will need health care professionals, human resource managers, accountants and computer systems analysts for high paying jobs in the coming years. The OP4T (Occupational Prioritization for Training) analysis helps policy makers determine where to prioritize the region’s workforce training funds through a combination of current and projected demand and wages. It then scores and ranks nearly 500 occupations based on those criteria.

Many organizations in our area train people for work. These include public schools, community colleges, private and state universities, federal job corps centers, private businesses, and union apprenticeship programs. One question that all training providers face (aside from how to get the money to fund training programs) is, what training programs should they offer?

The highest ranking 40 occupations and their scores are presented in the table. A solid red dot indicates that an occupation scored in the top 5 percent, a red circle is for the next 10 percent, and an empty circle is for the next 15 percent, a circle with a black border is for the next 30 percent, and a solid black circle is for the bottom 40 percent.
Many occupations had tie scores or nearly tie scores, so the list should not be read as a strictly ordered list of desirability. In addition, training providers and individuals will probably have other factors to consider when evaluating training and education programs. Still, the analysis does provide some ready labor market information when evaluating occupations for training programs.

This analysis may also be useful for individuals planning their careers. Many of the factors that make these occupations important for training also make them attractive to workers. You can access other areas and more information online at Look under the heading “Training and Education” for Occupational Prioritization for Training.

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