Here are some of the key industries in the
Portland region behind that success.
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.
Athletic/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, Wildfang, and Leatherman.
Internationally known brands such as Nau,
Lucy, Dakine, and Under Armour also have
a large presence in Greater Portland.
Manufacturing. Greater Portland is a
national leader in specialized areas of
manufacturing such as high tech electronics and specialty metal fabrication.
Boeing has it largest machining shop
within the entire company located in
Gresham OR, and Precision Castparts
Corp. in Milwaukie OR is a worldwide,
diversified manufacturer of complex metal
components and products.
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 2015,
Greater Portland had over 129,000 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
EDUCATING AND TRAINING A
enjoying steady growth, while still main-
taining 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.
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.
The top five education institutions in the
Portland region by annual graduates are:
1. Portland State University
2. Oregon State University
3. Concordia University
4. Portland Community College
5. Clark College
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
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