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Pittsburgh Talent: A Strong Workforce

Here, people are the stars. Pittsburgh talent helps to solve the world’s toughest problems, build companies and communities and make an impact. 

Education opportunities are endless and industries big and small across the region are looking for full-service talent. A robust education system encourages people to pursue their dreams and a bright future. Talent acquisition specialists are providing hiring and human resources managers with a pipeline filled with talent that is not only top but also fulfilled. 

Southwestern Pennsylvania offers 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 metro areas, like New York City, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, 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.  

240,000+

Students in the broader regional talent pool. 

41,000+

Degrees are conferred annually, including 5,400+ annual grads in tech-related fields and 2,000+ tech-related grads annually with a master’s degree or higher. 

490,000 Millennial population

Including the 5th largest share of educated professionals – ages 25 – 39 – among the top 40 largest metros 

21% increase

in tech talent labor pool since 2013 (CBRE) 

Pittsburgh is a fast-growing tech and startup economy

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INVESTMENT IN PITTSBURGH COMPANIES

600

Companies

$10.5B+

in investment in the past 10 years

  • 300+ firms from around the world invested in Pittsburgh companies in the last decade, including 16 making their first investment in the region in 2021. 
  • $11 billion of university research over the past decade is fueling regional growth.  
  • $21.3 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 talent who choose Pittsburgh, as well as the entrepreneurs and founders who launch, grow and scale businesses here.

Recent expansions:

  • Amazon (voice recognition) 
  • Argo AI 
  • Duolingo 
  • Facebook Reality Labs 
  • Gecko Robotics 
  • Honeywell 
  • Locomation 
  • Microsoft 
  • SAP 
  • Seegrid 
  • Smith+Nephew 
  • Zoom 

Pittsburgh is cost-competitive across markets

$58,983

Average annual wage

Most affordable city for housing

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

$170K

Median home price

Strong collaborative culture oF Pittsburgh Talent

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Photo Credit: Allegheny Conference

Corporate partnerships facilitated through the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, affiliate, via a regional Talent Council, are designed to enhance talent attraction and retention for all employers here. 

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A strong foundation of 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. 

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Active engagement and partnerships with public and private colleges and universities across western PA

We will support you in sourcing top talent.

Our Capabilities:

  • Connect you with universities for college talent and regional networks for experienced talent 
  • Facilitate mixers with select students from relevant degree programs who could fulfill high-demand talent hiring needs 
  • Arrange informal meet-and-greet events with university professors, key talent contacts