Pittsburgh Career Guide: Fastest Growing Pittsburgh, PA Careers

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, once known for towering smokestacks and steel mills, has refashioned itself in the past decades as a booming medical, technology and research center, driven by good schools and a highly educated populace. Learn more about Pittsburgh's fastest-growing careers.

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Pittsburgh Overview

Pittsburgh is the center of the southwest Pennsylvania region. With an estimated population of over 303,000 as of July 2016 and a labor force of 1.7 million as of March 2018, Pittsburgh is where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio River. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in March 2018 that Pittsburgh's unemployment rate was 4.7%. In April 2018, the BLS also reported 256,000 employed in the field of education and health services, while trade, transportation, and utilities had an employment of approximately 210,000. As of May 2017, the average hourly wage for all occupations was $23.36.

Fastest-Growing Occupations

CareerOneStop, a U.S. Department of Labor website, determined that the following are the top 10 fastest growing jobs in Pennsylvania as a whole. More than half of these jobs are in the healthcare field. Interpreters and translators are projected to see the most growth, at 35%, and each job on this list will see at least a 26% increase, according to projections:

  • Interpreters and Translators
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Genetic Counselors
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Home Health Aides
  • Physical Therapists

Top Employers

According to the 2017 Inc. 5000 list, these are some of Pittsburgh's fastest growing private companies. Being on this list means that these organizations are also some of the fastest growing in the entire U.S.

  • PANTHERx Specialty Pharmacy
  • TFM Truckload
  • Elite Transit Solutions
  • InspiraFS
  • LunaMetrics
  • Net Health
  • DLA+ Architecture & Interior Design
  • RE 360
  • JazzHR
  • HDS Marketing
  • ABG Capital
  • Beyond Spots & Dots
  • VoIP Innovations
  • Summa Technologies
  • Accion Labs US
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