Health Care

Health care was chosen because it has the strongest employment growth of any industry in the Portland Metro Area and because it offers many pathways to living wage jobs for lower skilled job seekers.  In June, 2012, the Collaborative released a Regional Health Care Workforce Report detailing job opportunities, growth, and training needs in the region utilizing a variety of data sources and input from local Health Care employers.
An analysis of the data indicates that the Health Care sector will continue to thrive and grow in the Portland-Vancouver metro area over the next five years.  While many comparable metro areas across the country face urgent shortages in core occupations like Registered Nurses and Medical Laboratory Technicians, the Portland-Vancouver area has been safeguarded from such shortages by a responsive system of post-secondary institutions that have adapted and expanded training programs to keep up with anticipated demand and from the significant number of individuals who chose to enter the Health Care profession.

All of the occupations listed below are projected to grow over the next five years, and there are local training programs that provide credentials or preparation for licensing exams for each career pathway.


Health Care Target Occupations:

Entry-Level Occupations

Middle-Level Occupations

Dental Assistant

Dental Hygienist


Dental Lab Technician/ Technologist

Medical and Clinical Lab Assistant

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Medical Office Administration


Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants (CNAs, CMAs and Home Health Aides)

Medical and Clinical Lab Technologist

Pharmacy Technician

Physical Therapy Technician

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorders Counselor

Radiation Therapist/ Radiographer


Registered Nurse

Respiratory Therapist

Surgical Technologist



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