Apartment jobs in the multifamily industry are almost 60 percent of all the real estate jobs in Portland, according to the latest jobs report from the National Apartment Association.
Portland is among the top cities in the U.S. for apartment jobs, along with Columbus, Virginia Beach and Austin.
More than 14,000 positions were available in the apartment industry as apartment communities reached their peak for this year’s leasing season according to the August edition of NAAEI’s Apartment Jobs Snapshot.
Along with Portland, the highest concentration of job postings were in Columbus, Virginia Beach, Austin, and Orlando in Central Florida.
Central Florida has seen robust population and job growth which in turn has increased apartment demand.
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For example, the demand for these positions was more than four times the U.S average in Austin.
The top specialized skills employers are looking for included leasing, customer service, property management, sales, and Yardi Software.
National apartment association jobs report background
The NAA jobs report focuses on jobs that are being advertised in the apartment industry as being available, according to Paula Munger, Director, Industry Research and Analysis, for the National Apartment Association’s Education Institute.
“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,” Munger said. “Labor-market issues are happening in a lot of industries, certainly with the tight labor market we have.”
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,” Munger said.