This is a very unscientific analysis of recent job listings on Portland Craig’s List based on 1) copying and pasting listings into Wordle and seeing what trended to the top and 2) some verification via searching for terms in Craig’s List.
I’m sure I drastically overrepresented something here and underrepresented something else. But this might give you a general idea:
The top ten most “in demand” jobs are, in no particular order:
Dental Assistant Medical Assistant Caregiver Registered Nurse Physical Therapist Office/Admin Assistant/Reception/Secretary Web developer Mechanic Call center worker/telemarketer Cook
Based on SimplyHired’s information, Tualatin has the most jobs in the area, followed by Lake Oswego, Tigard, Beaverton, Portland, Vancouver and Hillsboro (in that order), and the companies with the most jobs in the area are:
Home Depot Intel Kaiser Permanente Medical Connections Providence JP Morgan Wells Fargo Wal-Mart
Please keep in mind that these types of articles are not very useful. I put this together together out of curiosity.
Update: Added Lake Oswego to the list, with more jobs than Beaverton.
Update 2: Added Physical Therapist and dropped Nonprofit Director. See comments for details.
Update 3: Updated the city list again. Forgot Tigard and Vancouver. Going to leave it alone for now.