Oregon Careers: Overview of the Fastest Growing Careers in Oregon (OR)

Oregonians looking for a new or different career may want to consider the health care industry, which is among the fastest growing industries in that state. Among the top occupations that are projected to increase the most from 2014-2024 are physical therapist aides, health diagnosing and treating practitioners and nurse anesthetists.


According to the State of Oregon Employment Department, this state enjoyed the 5th fastest growth in jobs of all the U.S. from January of 2017 to January of 2018. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported an average hourly wage of $24.52 for all occupations in the state, as of May 2017. Additionally, the civilian labor force was approximately 2.1 million and the unemployment rate was 4.1% as of 2018.

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Fastest-Growing Jobs in Oregon

Half of Oregon's ten fastest-expanding jobs are in the area of health care. CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects that the jobs listed below will be among the fastest-growing occupations in Oregon from 2014-2024. In general, these professions can expect anywhere from 40%-54% growth during that timespan.

  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other
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  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Nurse Anesthetists
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