Resources

Several organizations and governments have a wealth of resources to help determine what skills could lead to a promising career in a field with growing job opportunities in the Pittsburgh region.

Resouces for Students Resources for Educators Resources for Employers

Guides, Reports and Organizations

 

See how the data translates to job listings through Imagine Pittsburgh

Learn more about high-demand jobs in the Pittsburgh region with Imagine Pittsburgh’s data and profiles of workers who have taken on those roles. Median salaries and top employers for fields like healthcare, information technology and business and finance are at your fingertips, plus search for jobs with listings in each field.

 

Read more data from the Inflection Point report

Developed by Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the 2016 Inflection Point report uses data to predict where jobs will be needed in the near future, and what employers, educators and members of the workforce can do to be ready for those jobs. The report was updated for 2017-18.

This document served as a basis for much of the data in this project, including identifying the workforce issues that we’re facing in the Pittsburgh region. Slower population growth plus an aging workforce that could trigger a wave of retirements, leaving job openings unfilled in its wake.

 

Turn your interests into a career with Start The Conversation Here project

With resources for students and their parents, the PA Chamber of Industry and Business Education Foundation created Start the Conversation Here. Separate guides for middle school and high school students help connect interests and skills to possible occupations. See descriptions of high-demand occupations and success stories from students.

 

Learn more about the natural gas industry through the Forge The Future report

From across Pennsylvania, more than 100 businesses contributed to the Forge the Future project in order to develop strategies to best reach the economic opportunities through the state’s natural gas resources. Read more about how businesses can help harness the power of the third-largest natural gas and natural gas liquids field in the world.

 

Become a mentor through Consortium for Public Education

Working with more than 40 school districts in western Pennsylvania, the Consortium for Public Education oversees initiatives designed to build partnerships that strengthen and broaden school leadership, engage community and empower students. One program pairs middle school students in the Mon Valley with adult volunteers to help them do well in school and consider their future careers.

 

Find a summer job with Partner4Work

The workforce development board for the Pittsburgh area is called Partner4Work, which seeks to inspire students to think about their futures, connect job-seekers with careers and deliver solutions for businesses in need of talent. Check out GED and TABE skills test resources plus summer jobs for young adults and training programs.

 

Download an apprenticeship toolkit from Catalyst Connection

Offering consulting and training services for small manufacturers, Catalyst Connection links partners to enable the growth, vibrancy and robustness for manufacturing in the Pittsburgh region. A part of the Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Network, the nonprofit organization aims to help manufacturers respond to changing markets, new technology and competitive pressures. Learn more about apprenticeships combining on-the-job training with classroom learning.

 

Learn how America Makes trains veterans in additive manufacturing

A private-public partnership to accelerate additive and innovate manufacturing and 3D Printing, America Makes is a national organization based in Youngstown, Ohio, whose mission is to increase the United States’ economic competitiveness. The group is operated by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, which works to advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies. Find out how companies can develop apprenticeships through America Makes and its partners.

 

Watch and vote on What’s So Cool About Manufacturing videos by students

Sixteen regional contests allow students to create videos that showcase manufacturing across Pennsylvania. The annual events, begun in 2013, give teams of students and teacher coaches camera equipment, software and guidance to script, record and edit videos meant to help change perspectives about manufacturing careers.

 

Find a space to practice your skills with the Making Your Future map

Job listings, apprenticeships and self-assessment tests are available at Making Your Future, created by Catalyst Connection and the Greater Pittsburgh Metal Manufacturing Community. To hone skills learned through training, makerspaces are plotted on a map throughout the Pittsburgh region.

 

Learn computer science — or teach it to your students — using CSforPittsburgh

More than 150,000 jobs in computer science exist could be created across the country each year through 2020, but only about 10 percent of schools offer courses. CSforPittsburgh, a part of Remake Learning, offers resources for learners and educators, like a QuickStart Guide to inspire teachers to include computer science in lesson plans. Learn more about tech summer and after-school programs.

 

Search for jobs and find networking events through Pittsburgh Technology Council

The oldest and largest technology trade association in the country, Pittsburgh Technology Council connects tech companies with resources to help them grow. Business members can attend events and look for jobs, as well as connect to capital, grow their workforce and increase their visibility.

 

Engage with other students, teachers and parents to Remake Learning

A network to share best practices and new ideas, Remake Learning hosts or connects learners to events that foster creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. Its popular Remake Learning Days, this year from May 9 to 19, has spread to several regions from its beginnings in Pittsburgh. Find out how to tackle challenges using maker learning.