Are you looking to change career fields? Want to learn a new skill or re-enter the workforce and find an in-demand career?
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.
Check out these resources below from our community partners:
Build a bridge to a new career with the U.S. Department of Labor
Find new career options based on the skills and experience you gained in a past job with this great tool from the U.S. Department of Labor. Explore salaries, training programs, job listings, and skills gaps for any occupation.
Learn about 10 safety-related occupations that pay well with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Discover 10 growing jobs that help keep us safe and pay at least the median annual wage – most that require less than a bachelor's degree. Read all about these occupations here.
Turbine Workforce is for workforce development.
Turbine provides companies a secure and scalable platform to deliver upskilling and training curricula across the enterprise, and measurably close skills gaps. Instructor-led (or synchronous) instruction is embraced and the online learning experience is simpler, better with Turbine’s choice feature set. Course management and scalability is super easy for all admins and trainers. Turbine Workforce is the preferred platform for CCAC Workforce Development and delivers all professional development courses and automates attendance, user check-in and documentation of Continuing Education Units. Turbine is offering no-cost pilot trials to WQED Future Job sponsors and partners.
Learn more about the value of career and technical education schools with PA Chamber and Beaver County CTC
WATCH: Allen Norton, Workforce Development Executive from the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, interviews David N. Taylor of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, on the benefits of hiring a student from a career and technology center. Watch the discussion here.
Learn how Pittsburgh Works Together is working with leaders of tomorrow’s industries to build a future for all
Pittsburgh Works Together is committed to a future that includes everybody – from blue-collar manufacturing to research and high-tech. Check out their website – a great resource to learn more about information on industry statistics, news, and job opportunities in our region. PGHWorks.com
Training opportunities at Bidwell Training Center
With hands-on training and expert instructors, Bidwell Training Center provides professional career training to students from all walks of life. Learn more about opportunities for training at Bidwell Training Center with this informational video and virtual tour.
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.