Southwestern Oregon’s High-Paying Jobs in Demand…No College Necessary

by Sarah Cunningham

January 15, 2019

While statistics show that income generally increases with education, not all high-wage jobs require four-year college degrees. In fact, there were over 190 high-wage occupations in Southwestern Oregon that required only post-secondary training or less! When planning a career, however, looking at wages alone is not enough. It is also important to determine if there is demand for the job you are interested in. A high-wage job is defined as a job that pays a median wage higher than the median wage for all occupations. In Southwestern Oregon, any job with a median hourly wage higher than $16.53 is considered high-wage. A high-demand job is a job with more total projected openings than the median number of openings for the region. In Southwestern Oregon, any job with more than 30 projected openings is considered to be in high demand. Luckily, for those desiring a career that doesn’t require a college degree, 66 percent of Southwestern Oregon’s high-wage jobs that don’t require college were also in high demand.

With nearly 1,700 total projected openings from 2017 to 2027, truck drivers are the most in demand out of Southwestern Oregon’s high-wage jobs. Electricians can expect to earn the most, with a median wage more than 40 percent higher than the region’s, at $28.84 per hour.

Just because these jobs don’t require college degrees doesn’t mean you don’t have to be willing to learn. Many of Southwestern Oregon’s high-wage jobs require technical skills that come from on-the-job training and apprenticeships, or require post-secondary certificates.

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