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The Pittsburgh region has the educated, skilled workforce you need to grow your business. Our workforce is:

  • Educated – Among the most educated in the nation; nearly 50 percent of the region’s younger workforce have a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Abundant – An ample, skilled pipeline is fueled by nearly 36,000 students graduating each year from the region’s 36 colleges and universities, plus 90 career and apprenticeship programs
  • Affordable – Wage rates are 96% of the national average
  • Innovative – Our colleges and universities include top-ranked research & development institutions that are fostering creative minds; annually the region’s private, academic and government entities invest some $3 billion in R&D
  • Well-Prepared – Abundance of community and technical colleges and four year universities, regional employers have access to a workforce with diversified skill-sets
  • Entrepreneurial – Networks and programs are in place to encourage and grow start-ups
  • Committed – Regional employers consistently describe their employees as loyal and hardworking
  • Collaborative – Employers work closely with post-secondary educators to tailor education and training programs to the needs of today’s workforce

View the Regional Workforce section of our Regional Data for information about local employment numbers and wages, or visit our new online tool, Pittsburgh Region Data: On Demand – a comprehensive data and demographics database allowing you to build a customized publication with saving, printing and sharing capabilities. Industry and occupation-specific talent information can also be found throughout our array of collateral regarding the region's target sectors.

ShaleNET: Linking Talent to Opportunity

Linking talent to oil and natural gas industry opportunities is ShaleNET, a comprehensive recruitment, training, placement, and retention program coordinated in collaboration with a robust network of oil and natural gas industries, the public workforce system and training providers across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York. Launched in 2010 with a $4.96 million U.S. Department of Labor grant, ShaleNET provides the gas industry with a ready and well-trained local workforce for occupations that are in high demand by developing and augmenting standardized curriculum for uniform training, certification, associate and four-year degree programs, mapping clear career pathways for students and adopting best practices throughout the entire network.

ShaleNET has since closed out its first grant exceeding all benchmark goals – having served over 9,500 people and, with 20 recognized training providers in four states, trained over 3,000 people and has employed more than 1650 in the industry. In 2012, ShaleNET received a follow on grant of $14.96 million by the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration which allowed for the program to incorporate a new stackable credential model focused and all three segments of the maturing oil and gas industry as well as expand geographically – adding Navarro College in Texas, Stark State College in Ohio and Pierpont Community and Technical College in West Virginia. In the same year, the International Economic Development Council named ShaleNET the recipient of its Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for Economic Development Training in communities with greater than 500,000 in population.

Workforce Analysis Report: Well-Compensated Energy Jobs to Grow Through 2020

The Pittsburgh region is poised to see the number of energy-related careers grow significantly by the end of the decade. According to a Workforce Analysis Report conducted by global talent-recruitment consultancy DDI, employers have identified 14 high-demand, hard-to-fill occupations, posing a challenge to workforce development efforts. These jobs include engineers and maintenance technicians, welders and salespeople, jobs requiring post-high school training as well as professional degrees.

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