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Pittsburgh Talent: A Strong Workforce

Here, people are the stars. The Pittsburgh workforce helps to solve the world’s toughest problems. Together, we’re building career opportunities and communities that make an impact.

Workforce development and educational opportunities are endless. Industries big and small, such as advanced manufacturing and clean energy, are looking for full-service talent. Workforce development boards, such as the city of Pittsburgh’s Partner4Work, are connecting employers and job seekers to fill positions and retain the right talent.

A robust education system encourages people to pursue their dreams and have a bright future. From renowned universities like Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to local institutions like the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), Pittsburgh’s robust workforce development system ensures talent from near and far can get the education and job training needed to succeed. Pittsburgh talent acquisition specialists also provide hiring and human resources managers with a pipeline filled with the most qualified job seekers.

In addition to job opportunities and training programs, southwestern Pennsylvania offers talent a low cost of living, as well as a diversity of arts and culture offerings, outdoor amenities, world-class healthcare and proximity to other large American metro areas, like New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and more. 

Whether you are looking to fill entry-level job postings or to find your organization’s next vice president, the Pittsburgh region has the talent group you’re seeking.

Pittsburgh is attractive to – and for – talent. And we can prove it’s true.

People Follow Their Future in Pittsburgh

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Regional academic institutions, including Tier 1 research powerhouses: Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.  

1.26 million

People in the broader regional labor market, from pre-apprenticeships to full-time positions


Degrees conferred annually, including 4,500+ post-secondary completions in tech-related fields.


people, aged 20-34


tech talent labor pool (CBRE)

6th largest

share of educated professionals, ages 25-34, among the top 40 largest metros

Pittsburgh is a trending tech and startup economy

Employees discuss venture activity in Pittsburgh

Investment in Pittsburgh Companies


in investment (2014-2023)

  • 350+ firms from around the world invested in Pittsburgh companies in the last decade, including 57 making their first investment in the region in 2023.
  • $12 billion of university research over the past decade is fueling regional growth. 
  • $23 billion of exit proceeds over the past decade.

An Ecosystem of Support in Pittsburgh

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A Robust Network

An array of accelerators, educational organizations and ecosystem leaders support and mentor talent who choose the Pittsburgh area, as well as the entrepreneurs and founders who launch, grow and scale businesses here.

Recent expansions and attractions:

  • Amazon
  • Cook Medical
  • CorePower Magnetics
  • Duolingo
  • Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Express Med
  • Excelitas
  • Gecko Robotics 
  • JM Steel/Nextracker
  • Niche
  • Re:Build
  • Westinghouse Electric Company

Pittsburgh is a cost-competitive workforce hub


Average annual wage

Most affordable city for housing

and top metro in the U.S. for first-time homebuyers (Bankrate).   


Median home price

The Local Workforce’s Strong Collaborative Culture

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A strong foundation of nonprofit organizations fosters and grows the local tech economy and talent base from internships to full-time careers – Pittsburgh Technology Council, Innovate PGH and Innovation Works, including its AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear and AlphaLab Health accelerators. The Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) manages the region’s marquee college talent retention initiative, The Pittsburgh Passport. This initiative has helped nearly 8,000 students grow social and professional networks through annual summer-long programming.

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Partner4Work nurtures funding, expertise and partnerships for employers, job seekers, agencies and policymakers in the Pittsburgh area. Founded nearly 20 years ago, this nonprofit ensures that the region’s corporate stakeholders have the talent they need to advance Pittsburgh’s economy.

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