Explore In-Demand Careers

Over the next ten years, the workforce in the Pittsburgh region is predicted to be hit by the convergence of a high-number of retirements, slow population growth and increasing skill demands, causing a “skills gap” where the number of jobs will be greater than the number of workers ready to do them, especially thanks to continued advances in technology.

Armed with the right information, today’s workers and students can connect to training that will prepare them for the jobs of the future. By considering these fast growing job fields and anticipating industry changes, today’s job seekers have a better chance at becoming tomorrow’s workers.

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Over the coming months, we will be highlighting different fields. This month, we look at the trucking industry.


We visit Pitt Ohio to hear from employees on the in-demand field of trucking and all the career paths it can entail!

Some Examples of Jobs in These Fields

Just a few of many jobs in…


  • Software Developer
  • Technician
  • Operator
  • Account Manager
  • Automation Engineer
  • Sales Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer


  • Staff Scientist
  • Sensor Electronics Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Additive Manufacturing Technician
  • Research Engineer
  • Electrical Designer
  • Lab Technician


  • Firefighter
  • Police Officer
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Government Employee
  • Military Service
  • Educators
  • Non-profit Staff
  • Americorps
  • Peace Corps



  • Machinist
  • Inspector
  • Welder
  • Truck Driver
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer



  • Radiologic Technician
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Registered Nurse


Careers in Engineering

Mechanical engineer —designs and builds mechanical and thermal sensors and devices like tools, engines and machines. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: 10 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $84,190

Civil engineer — designs, builds, supervises and maintains projects like roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges and water and sewage systems. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: 9 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $76,410

Environmental engineer — develops solutions to environmental problems through chemistry, biology and soil science to improve processes like recycling, waste disposal and water and air pollution control. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: 7 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $82,940

Industrial engineer — finds ways to design efficient systems in production processes, bringing together workers, machines, materials, information and energy to better produce a product or provide a service. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: 2 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $81,880

Electrical engineer — designs and supervises the manufacturing of electrical equipment like electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems and power generation equipment. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: 2 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $85,980

Electronics engineer — designs and develops electronic equipment like broadcast and communications systems from portable music players to GPS (global positioning system) devices. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: -3 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $74,770


Other Fast-growing Careers

Phlebotomist — draws blood for tests, transfusions, research or blood donations and may work with and help patients explaining the process. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: 11 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $28,160

Occupational therapy assistant — helps patients recover, develop and improve skills needed for daily living and working under the direction of an occupational therapist. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: 30 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $47,670

Radiologic technician — performs X-rays, CAT scans and other imaging examinations on patients to help doctors develop accurate diagnoses and treatments. They position and explain procedures to patients, adjusting equipment to produce quality images, then evaluate the images. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: 6 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $48,430

Plumber, pipefitter or steamfitter — A plumber works with residential and business customers installing water lines, hot water tanks and sewage lines, unclogging pipes and drains and repairing fixtures.A pipefitter usually has worked on large-scale industrial projects where the pipes carry chemicals, acids and gases instead of water. A steamfitter specializes in high-pressure industrial systems that, like pipefitters, carry liquids that require special handling. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: 5 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $58,910

Mechanical drafter — uses computer-aided design (CAD) software to convert designs into technical drawings, specializing in mechanical designs for things like sensors, devices, tools and machines. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: -6 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $51,111

Machinist — operates computer-numerically controlled (CNC) and mechanically controlled tools to produce metal parts, instruments and tools from CAD design files, blueprints or technical drawings. (source)
JOB GROWTH THROUGH 2025: 11 percent
MEDIAN PAY: $37,270

Automation engineer — uses technology to streamline and automate manufacturing processes, selecting the right instruments to monitor and control the systems to make them the most efficient while still producing quality products. (source)