High-Wage, High-Demand, and High-Skill Occupations

The Oregon Employment Department, in collaboration with the Oregon Workforce Investment Board (OWIB), Oregon Department of Education, and other partners, developed definitions for high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations as follows:

  • High-Wage Occupations: Occupations paying more than the all-industry, all-ownership median wage for statewide or a particular area.
  • High-Demand Occupations: Occupations having more than the median number of total (growth plus replacement) openings for statewide or a particular area.
  • High-Skill Occupations: Occupations with a typical educational level needed for entry of post-secondary training (non-degree) or higher; or Occupations with an apprenticeship as the “typical on-the-job training” level; or Occupations typically needing related work experience or long-term OJT for entry and post-secondary training (non-degree) or above as competitive.

In Lane County, the identified industry sectors are Bioscience, Construction-Aggregate, Creatives, Food and Beverage, Technology, Transportation, and Wood Products.

Lane Workforce Partnership is committed to working with business, industry, and community partners to solve workforce challenges and other competitive needs.