Oregon’s Workforce

There's a reason young, talented professionals are choosing Oregon as their home at an increasing rate. Apparel designers, green building architects, advertising creatives and other others look to Oregon for jobs in their industries and the qualify of life found here. Oregon is particularly strong in semiconductor and other silicon-based manufacturing, with a highly skilled workforce of more than 50,000 working in the industry.

Quality Labor Pool

  • Oregon has higher than average educational attainment and above average college entrance scores.
  • Oregon ranks in the top one-third of all states for number of employed Ph.D. scientists and engineers per capita.
  • Oregon has the highest percentage of clean tech workers (2009, Pew Charitable Trust)
  • Oregon's high-technology semiconductor industry has a skilled workforce of 50,000

Regional wage information

Customized Workforce Training

Business Oregon connects businesses and Community colleges regularly in response to requests from business and industry for specialized training. The colleges contract directly with firms, and training programs take place either on campus or at the business site. In addition, consulting services, workshops and assistance with business plans are provided through Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), often located on or near a community college.

Employee Recruitment