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Finding a Job in Portland

Looking for a job in the Portland Metro area? Several key economic indicators point to a strong hiring market. According to the Portland Business Journal, Oregon employers reported a record number of 107,000 job openings in summer 2021 and continue to have more job openings than workers available to fill them. The increase in hiring demand has, in part, helped drive the average wage up 17% since the start of the pandemic.

Portland also ranks #5 on Forbes’ “Best Places For Business And Careers” list. 

“Portland has ranked among the top five places for business by Forbes for the past five years. Credit its strong growth prospects and a large share of highly-educated millenials.”


Portland’s Top Industries

Four of the top industries in the Portland Metro area include:

  1. High Tech and Software – Portland Metro is home to the “Silicon Forest”, a nickname given to the dense concentration of high tech companies spanning from Beaverton to Hillsboro.

Notable Employers: 

  • Intel
  • Tektronix
  • Autodesk
  • FLIR Systems
  • Siemens Digital Industries Software (acquired Mentor Graphics in 2017)
  • New Relic
  • Vacasa
  1. Manufacturing – The Portland Metro is nationally recognized as a major manufacturing hub across computer and electronic components, food manufacturing, wood products, fabricated metals, and machinery.

Notable Employers:

  • Precision Castparts
  • Daimler Trucks North America
  • Schnitzer Steel Industries
  • Boeing
  1. Athletic and Outdoor Apparel – Portland Metro is home to the headquarters of some of the world’s most renowned athletic and outdoor brands as well as niche startups.  

Notable Employers:

  • Nike
  • Adidas
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Under Armour
  • Keen
  1. Healthcare – The healthcare industry is a rapidly growing sector in Portland Metro’s economy and accounts for over 14% of the workforce.

Notable Employers:

  • Zoom
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Legacy Health
  • Semler Scientific
  • OHSU

Portland is also known for its beer (most breweries per capita in the nation), unique and varying dining experiences, coffee, advertising firms, and bike shops – all offering a wide array of job opportunities.

Finding a Job in Portland 

One of the local go-to resources for Portland jobs is Mac’s List, a Pacific Northwest online job board and career resource. Check out their article on How to Find (and Land) Amazing Portland Jobs. Nationally recognized sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn are also great places to start browsing jobs.