Pittsburgh will pilot several youth-serving and one adult-serving accelerated training programs that will provide training to over 500 individuals by the end of 2016. The city also aims to achieve parity between the proportions of people of color in the city and that of the IT workforce with a goal to increase the number of people of color in the technology workforce by 200 by the end of 2016. Pittsburgh is reducing barriers to employment and has already secured funding to financially support trial periods of employment for job seekers with severe barriers to employment. In addition, the 3 Rivers Workforce Investment Board is supporting over 400 youth jobs within STEM fields this summer and is allocating $1 million toward creating IT and technology career pathways for disadvantaged youth. The Pittsburgh region currently has seven
career and technology centers that serve roughly 280 youth and is actively pursuing expansion of computer programming training in all high schools. The Community College of Allegheny County facilitates the access to job opportunities in the growing IT sector by offering stackable
Brian White, a rising senior at Westinghouse High School in Homewood, spent part of Thursday morning teaching a software engineer and a game developer how to play the board game “Jobopoly.” He is one of nearly 2,000 young people who are spending their summer in the new $4.3 million Learn and Earn program, a collaboration with the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, a federally funded nonprofit agency that was created as part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998; the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
Below is a snapshot of the Pittsburgh labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupations from 12/6/15 to 2/3/16.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)
Open IT Occupations
Concentrated Demand for IT
Software and Programming Skills
Top 5 Occupations
Software Developer / Engineer
Computer Support Specialist
Network / Systems Administrator
Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Information Security Analysts
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Software Developers, Systems Software
Computer Systems Analysts
The concentrated demand for IT is a calculation of the local number of open IT job postings divided by local employment.
The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Pittsburgh TechHire effort a success: