Double-Digit Growth in Oregon Software Industry Mirrors Hiring

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In a recent study released by the Oregon Employment Department, the state’s software employment is growing in double-digit numbers. At a time when the rest of the state’s job market remains stagnant, trends in software employment were reflected in hiring data on


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At a time when U.S. employment remains unstable, software development and tech-related jobs have become a consistent bright spot in the labor market.

With the third highest number of software jobs in the country, Oregon’s software employment is growing in double-digit numbers, according to a recent study by the Oregon Employment Department. The recent report aligns with the state’s demand for software engineers on

In a recent report from the state’s labor department, Oregon is experiencing record growth in the software industry. Oregon currently has the third highest number of software developers; only Washington and Massachusetts have more software jobs. This is in spite of the fact that, on a nation-wide scale, software employment makes up just .8 percent of the total number of jobs.

The report attributed the demand to companies becoming increasingly reliant on technology to run their day-to-day operations. Software publishers are able to custom-design software to meet specific business needs, whether those needs be in operations, customer service and account management, security, or finances. Many major players in the software industry have set up shop in Oregon, including Symantec and Tripwire. Other software companies are poised to open up offices in the state as well.

While Oregon would not be the first state that people think of when it comes to software development, the state is on the fast track to becoming a major market in the country. This is certainly mirrored in state hiring trends on, a leading job search website. As of the time that this release was written, the website listed 72 software jobs in Oregon. The positions ranged from junior-level to more senior-level, with most employers requiring a degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering (or accepting relevant experience in lieu of a degree). By far, the largest concentration of software jobs were in Hillsboro and Portland, although there were also positions available in Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Grants Pass.

At a time when U.S. employment remains unstable, software development and tech-related jobs have become a consistent bright spot in the labor market. Nowhere has this been truer than in Oregon. While that is not to say that the industry was not hurt during the economic recession, by and large, software publishing companies did not experience the extreme losses that many other sectors saw at the height of the downturn. Much of this is due to larger trends in the ways that businesses are run today. Companies are becoming more reliant on software to not only manage internal operations, but manufacture goods and services. Even more traditional businesses are taking steps to integrate technology into their operations, at the risk of becoming obsolete or left behind by more tech-savvy competitors.

“Investing in software is something that businesses cannot afford to dismiss, no matter how tough the economy gets,” said Harrison Barnes, CEO of “I hesitate to use the term ‘recession proof,’ but that is why, for the most part, you will still see software and technology companies continue to be sustainable during economic hard times. When businesses make slashes to their budgets, technology is the last place they will make cuts. These companies recognize that because it has become so intertwined with making businesses more efficient, improving technology is all about improving productivity.”

About is a job site based in Pasadena, CA. It was purchased by the Employment Research Institute in 2005, which is owned by A. Harrison Barnes.

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