Labor Force Scale:  1.29 million people strong ◈ 1.15 million jobs

Built to help companies and top talent thrive, Pittsburgh is a globally competitive region with room for you to grow.

Employers can tap into a robust regional education system providing access to the brightest individuals – complemented by a collaborative cross-sector corporate and start-up community that enables partnership and innovation.

Talent can afford to live and play in the Pittsburgh region because of within-their-means urban, rural, and suburban housing options; reasonably priced arts and culture; year-round outdoor recreation opportunities; outstanding food scene; and proximity to other large metros. Single, coupled or married with children, talent find Pittsburgh ideal – big city amenities with smaller town appeal.

Pittsburgh offers you ready access to a deep pipeline of talent

  • 60 regional universities and post-secondary career, technical and vocational schools.
  • 234,000 students in the Pittsburgh region + Penn State University and West Virginia University
  • 12,000+ technology degrees conferred annually
  • Among the top 40 largest metros, Pittsburgh has the fifth largest share of educated millennials.
  • Our millennial population grew 12.8% from 2010-2018, outpacing the national average
  • Second most popular city for millennial homebuyers; housing is ¼ the cost of the Bay Area

Pittsburgh is a fast growing tech and startup economy

  • Nearly 500 Pittsburgh companies attracted $3.8B in investment over the past 10 years
  • Venture activity increased from $300M in 2013 to $550M in 2018 for a five-year increase of 83.4%
  • Home to 400+ accelerators, educational organizations and ecosystem leaders
  • Recent expansions: Amazon (voice recognition), Argo AI, Duolingo, Facebook, Honeywell, Microsoft

Strong collaborative culture on talent in Pittsburgh

  • Corporate partnerships facilitated by Allegheny Conference on Community
  • Development Talent Committee, Pittsburgh Passport Internship Series, Innovation Roundtable
  • A strong foundation of organizations fostering and growing the local tech economy and talent base: Pittsburgh Technology Council, InnovatePGH, and Innovation Works, along with its AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear
  • Active engagement and partnerships with regional colleges and universities

Top 5 Industries in 10-County Region by Employment (2018)

Industry #Employed % of Regional Workers
Education and Health Services 256,200 21.6%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities  210,800 17.8%
Professional and Business Services 182,200 15.4%
Leisure and Hospitality 120,300 10.1%
Government 114,800 9.7%

Major Occupations

30,000 skilled production workers
16,000 engineers
12,400 software developers and programmers

Fastest Growing Occupation Groups

Occupation Groups 2018 Employment Growth Since 2010
Personal Care and Service 53,100 46.2%
Computers and Mathematics 36,700 30.8%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 58,900 15.1%
Management Occupations 51,600 11.3%
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 90,300 10.7%

Cost Competitive

Average annual wage: $55,568 (2018, comparable to the national average)


31.6% of the population 25 and over have a bachelor’s or graduate degree, compared to 30.3% nationally (2012-2016) (U.S. Census Bureau)


  • 30 four-year colleges and universities; total enrollment of 137,300
  • Strong community college system, with four separate institutions operating 23 locations with total enrollment in excess of 42,600
  • 57 post-secondary career, technical and vocational schools
  • 45,000 degrees and certificates awarded in 2016-2017:
    • 8,500 health professions and related programs
    • 6,000 technical and vocational trades
    • 2,600 computer and information sciences
    • 2,900 engineering, architecture and design