2017-2027 Employment Projections 2017-2027 Employment Projections

Oregon to Add 246,000 New Jobs by 2027

Oregon's job growth will total 12 percent between 2017 and 2027. Private payrolls are expected to grow by 212,000 (13%), while government employment will increase by 18,000 (6%), and self employment will grow by 16,000 (13%).

For every new job added by growing and expanding businesses, Oregon employers will have another nine job openings requiring newly trained workers to replace those who leave the labor force or make a major occupational change.

Health Care Leads Long-Term Employment Growth

Private health care and social assistance will add the most jobs of any sector in Oregon by 2027. Health care will also grow at the fastest rate, and account for one out of every five new jobs in Oregon over the decade.

Some Private Industries Will Not Reach Peak Employment

While overall employment and jobs in many sectors should grow beyond their current peak levels, some sectors will not regain peak employment by 2027. Manufacturing should grow by 7 percent to 200,200 jobs. That's slightly short of the most recent peak of 207,500 jobs in 2006. Financial activities should grow by 5 percent to 104,000, below its height of 106,400 in 2007. Information sector employment should grow to 37,700, about 2,000 jobs below its last peak in 2001.

Most Industries Projected to Gain Jobs, Some Will Lose

Detailed industries with the fastest job gains over the next 10 years include warehousing and storage, beverage manufacturing, and management of companies (corporate headquarters). Those with the biggest expected declines include newspaper publishers, paper manufacturing, and clothing stores.

Occupational Openings in Oregon

One out of five projected job openings over the next 10 years is expected to be a service-related job. While service-related jobs will gain the most in level terms, health care-related occupations will have the fastest growth rate. All broad occupational categories in Oregon are expected to add jobs over the next 10 years.

Fastest-Growing Occupations in Oregon, 2017-2027

(Minimum of 1,000 jobs in 2017)

Occupation 2017 Employment Percent Change Annual Openings Typical Entry-Level Education
Physician Assistants 1,299 39.1% 133 Master's degree
Home Health Aides 6,316 35.2% 1,048 Less than high school
Nurse Practitioners 1,762 34.9% 160 Master's degree
Operations Research Analysts 1,127 34.2% 115 Bachelor's degree
Software Developers, Applications 13,253 32.6% 1,400 Bachelor's degree
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 3,812 30.5% 445 Master's degree
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 1,572 29.4% 319 High school diploma or equivalent
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 5,914 29.2% 817 Bachelor's degree
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 1,406 29.0% 121 Doctoral or professional degree
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 1,834 29.0% 214 Associate's degree

Occupational Projections by Group

Service occupations are expected to have the most job openings over the next 10 years, but job openings will be plentiful in many different occupational groups.

Use this chart to explore job openings in major occupational groups and individual occupation. Click on a category to drill down and explore.

Typical Entry-Level Education

In 2017, six out of 10 jobs in Oregon typically required a minimum of high school education or less. To meet more competitive requirements for Oregon's jobs, six out of 10 required education beyond high school.

Typical Competitive Education

In 2017, six out of 10 jobs in Oregon typically required a minimum of high school education or less. To meet more competitive requirements for Oregon's jobs, six out of 10 required education beyond high school.

Employment Projections by Region

All areas of Oregon are expected to add jobs between 2017 and 2027. The two regions projected to grow faster than Oregon's rate of 12 percent are Central Oregon (15%) and the Portland tri-county area (13%).

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Contact: Jason Payton
  Occupational Economist
Phone: (800) 262-3912 ext. 7-1233
Email: jason.m.payton@oregon.gov
Address: 875 Union St NE
  Salem, OR 97311

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Contact: Gail Krumenauer
  State Employment Economist
Phone: (800) 262-3912 ext. 7-1268
Email: gail.k.krumenauer@oregon.gov
Address: 875 Union St NE
  Salem, OR 97311