There is a high demand for apartment jobs in Portland, according to the latest report from the National Apartment Association (NAA).
Apartment jobs are 52 percent of all the real-estate jobs in Portland in April 2021, says the National Apartment Association’s Education Institute (NAAEI). It takes an average of 48 days to fill these jobs in Portland.
Nationally, while multifamily operators are gearing up for another leasing season, more than 13,000 apartment jobs were available during April across the country, accounting for 37 percent of all real-estate jobs.
In addition to Portland’s jobs, more openings were driven in other secondary markets such as Kansas City, Dallas, Virginia Beach and San Antonio.
Property-Manager Jobs in Demand
Property-manager and community-manager positions were also in high demand in Portland, with those jobs paying around $56,000 a year.
For those jobs, employers are seeking property-management experience, budgeting skills, staff-management skills, and experience with property-management software.
The recent report said, “Multifamily talent was in high demand, likely due to increased leasing activity. According to RealPage, annual apartment absorption reached an outstanding 353,453 units during the first quarter of 2021.
“In gateway markets such as New York City, existing renters are signing new leases at historically high levels, although occupancy rates continue to weaken. This indicates that concessions and reduced rental rates are attracting existing renters instead of prospective renters,” the report says.
National apartment association jobs report background
“Our education institute is a credentialing body for the apartment industry. They hear often that one of the biggest problems keeping our industry leaders up at night is the difficulty in finding talent, attracting talent and retaining talent,” NAAEI’s Paula Munger said.
So NAA partnered with Burning Glass Technologies. “They have a labor-job posting database that is proprietary,” she said, and they can “layer on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). We looked at that and thought we could do something that is really going to help the industry and help benchmark job titles and trends as we go forward.”
The NAA says on their website, “The apartment industry offers a wealth of meaningful career opportunities that use a variety of skills and capabilities. Regardless of whether you are graduating from high school or college, leaving the military, or switching careers, the industry has a job that’s just right for you.”