Truck Drivers Heads List of Jobs with Most Vacancies in Eastern Oregon in 2021

by Tony Wendel

March 7, 2022

According to the most recent Oregon Employment Department Job Vacancy Survey of private employers, the occupation with the most job openings in Eastern Oregon (includes Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties) in 2021 was heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers with 253, about 6% of the total vacancies within the region. This occupation involves driving a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight and requires a commercial drivers’ license. The average hourly wage for this occupation within the region is $23.28. The typical entry level education for this occupation is non-degree postsecondary training.

Personal care aides had the next highest number of vacancies within the region, also accounting for about 6% of openings. Nursing assistants, cashiers, and restaurant cooks, each with about 4% of openings, round out the top five.

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