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.

Lane Workforce Partnership identifies Tech, Manufacturing, Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing, Mining and Construction, and Health Care as target industries.  The annual average wage for jobs in these industries is higher than the Lane County annual average wage of $44,492.

Lane County High-Wage, High-Demand, High-Skill Occupations

Through sector strategies, Lane Workforce Partnership is working to strengthen the local workforce for these industries to ensure businesses have the skilled workforce necessary to innovate and grow, and that workers and job seekers in the county have the skills to take advantage of employment opportunities in these industries.