Truck Drivers Heads List of Jobs with Most Vacancies in Eastern Oregon in 2022

by Tony Wendel

March 7, 2023

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 2022 was heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers with 318, about 7% 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 $24.07. The typical entry level education for this occupation is non-degree postsecondary training.

Restaurant cooks had the next highest number of vacancies within the region, accounting for about 6% of openings. Registered nurses; waiters and waitresses; and laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, each with about 3% of openings, round out the top five.

Table showing top 10 Eastern Oregon occupations with the highest number of job vacancies, 2022

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