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Waste and Recycling: Career and Education Opportunities in Portland, Oregon

Waste and Recycling: As new products are produced, waste is also generated. Waste and recycling workers take care of making sure this waste appropriately handled and disposed of.

Portland, Oregon
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Portland is located in Multnomah County, Oregon. It has a population of over 557,706, which has grown by 5.4% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Portland, 103, is above the national average. New single-family homes in Portland are priced at $194,700 on average, which is below the state average. In 2008, six hundred forty-eight new homes were constructed in Portland, down from 1,205 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Portland are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 23 minutes. More than 32.6% of Portland residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 11.4%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Portland is 10.7%, which is greater than Oregon's average of 10.6%.

The percentage of Portland residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 45.7%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Charismatic Churches Independent.

Portland is home to the Barnes Yard and the Haig as well as Cottonwood Bay City Park and Wallace City Park. Visitors to Portland can choose from Motel 6, Shilo Inns & Resorts and Comfort Inn Portland for temporary stays in the area.

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CAREERS WITHIN: Waste and Recycling

Sewage Treatment Plant Operator

Sewage Treatment Plant Operators operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or liquid waste. Sewage Treatment Plant Operators need to attend to equipment so as to monitor and adjust its activity. They also need to run the operations of equipment, machinery and systems.