The Top Industries Fueling Portland!

From the stunning landscapes to the unique food and drink options, Portland is truly one of a kind. We’re a vibrant city full of gathering spots, walkable neighborhoods, and plenty of outdoorsy options. We know that life can’t be all fun and games – you need a place to work, too. Fortunately, Portland has plenty of employment opportunities in high-demand fields.


Are you thinking about moving to our lovely city? While there are job opportunities in many other industries, these are the top five industries that are currently driving Portland’s growth:
  • Outdoor Apparel
  • Bioscience
  • Climate Tech
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Healthcare


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Outdoor Gear & Apparel

The Greater Portland area truly leads the way in outdoor gear and apparel. Nike, Columbia Sportswear Company, Adidas, Leatherman Tool Group, and La Crosse Footwear are just some of the industry giants who call Portland home. The entire process, from product design to manufacturing and distribution, is done right here in Portland and provides thousands of employment opportunities. 




A fascinating industry that has become prevalent in Portland is bioscience. Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) employs 18,000 people and leads the world in personalized cancer medicine. It makes perfect sense that we are leading the way in this field since Portland has two times the number of life scientists and biological technicians than the national average.