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Trade schools in Pittsburgh

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In Pittsburgh, you can enter a technical or vocational program to become certified for one of the many engineering, manufacturing, high-tech, and science careers. Pittsburgh also offers countless employment opportunities in medicine, hospitality, entertainment, and education. So regardless of your long-term career interests, there is almost certainly a degree, diploma, certificate or trade school specifically designed to meet your needs. Here's a look at the employment numbers for some of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area's top-hiring industries, from March 2009 as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • Education and Health Services. 235,500
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities. 215,700
  • Professional and Business Services. 154,600
  • Government. 128,300
  • Leisure and Hospitality. 96,000
  • Manufacturing. 91,300

Pittsburgh, PA: Careers and the Economy in the Technology Market

The Wall Street Journal went so far as to nickname Pittsburgh "Roboburgh" because of its status as a leader in the science and technology industries. In this is booming city of more than 300,000 residents, the mean annual wage is $40.030. Pittsburgh is a great place start working towards that career with a degree, diploma, or certificate from one the many familiar trade schools. The healthcare positions available at the more than 20 major medical centers in the Pittsburgh region make this industry another very promising option when considering vocational programs. With vocational training in computer science, nursing, medical coding, information technology, or emergency services, you can look forward to some of these careers, with 2008 median hourly wages from the BLS:

  • Physician's Assistant at $33.36
  • Registered Nurse at $28.57
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants at $18.95
  • Computer Systems Analyst at $32.11
  • Computer Programmer at $29.87
  • Electrician at $24.81

Whatever career path you choose in this city that's stayed at the forefront of innovation from the Industrial Revolution to the Information Age, there's sure to be a trade or technical school with a program for you.

Learn More About Pittsburgh

Demographics

Total Population 305,012

Education and Earnings

# Enrolled in College 35,653
Median Earnings Without High School Degree $16,993
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,875
Median Earnings With Associate Degree $30,924

Commute

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Commutes by Walking 11.1%
% Commutes by Bicycle 2%
% Commutes by Public Transportation 17.1%

Housing

Median Housing Cost $862
Median Gross Rent $887
Median House Value $108,500
Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2017, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.
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