High tech. The Portland region’s high tech
industry continues to grow, with high tech
employee hiring reaching a 12-year high.
The software side of high tech has grown
almost 50 percent in just the past 10 years,
with companies like Jive Software, Puppet,
and Jama Software.
Manufacturing. In 2014, manufacturing
workers made up nearly 11 percent of
Portland metro’s workforce with 107,000
jobs. Greater Portland is a national leader
in specialized areas of manufacturing such
as high tech electronics and specialty metal
fabrication. For example, Precision Castparts Corp. is a worldwide, diversified
manufacturer of complex metal components
Athletic and outdoor apparel. Greater
Portland is home to the highest number
of athletic apparel and outdoor recreation companies in the United States.
Locally headquartered firms include Nike,
Columbia Sportswear, as well as the North
American headquarters of Adidas, Keen,
Danner Boots, Poler Outdoor Stuff, Wild-fang, and Leatherman. Internationally
known brands such as Nau, Lucy, Dakine,
and Under Armour also have a large presence in Greater Portland.
Healthcare. In Greater Portland, the healthcare industry is one of the fastest-growing
sectors of the economy. Four of the top
ten employers in the region are healthcare providers: Oregon Health & Science
University, Providence Health and Services,
Legacy Health, and Kaiser Permanente. As
of 2014, Greater Portland had over 113,000
healthcare jobs in the metro area, and
revenue generated by traded-sector activities in Portland-region healthcare industry
amounted to $1.9 billion.
Wholesale trade. The Port of Portland is
the third largest export tonnage port on
the West Coast, with import and export
shipments of $15.4 billion annually. Easy
access to the north/south and east/west
interstate freeway system, international air
service, and both west coast intercontinental
railroads make Portland an important distribution center.
SOFTWARE IT INDUSTRY
The Greater Portland software industry
is enjoying steady growth, while still
maintaining competitive wages that are
at or below national average, making it
a win-win for workers and employers.
Additionally, the number of qualified
jobseekers in the region has been on the rise
for the last 10 years.
Read more about Portland’s technology
industry in the related article, “Portland:
The Silicon Forest,” on page 27.
EDUCATING AND TRAINING A
The Portland region is home to 30 higher
education institutions, seven of which
offer established degree programs in
computer science, software engineering,
electrical engineering, and digital media.
Combined, these programs generate
nearly 1,000 graduates per year. University records indicated that an estimate
69 percent of these graduates stay in the
region to work after graduation.
Recognizing that talent is a critical issue
for business growth, business leaders are
partnering with public organizations to
fill the talent pipeline by training 10,000
Oregonians to land high-paying coding
and technology jobs.
Treehouse, headquartered in Portland,
is an online education platform focused
on teaching high-demand programming
Photos courtesy of Travel Portland