Resources for Students

Industry leaders in the Pittsburgh region emphasized four groups of skills, or willingness and potential, important for workers:

  • Digital fluency
  • Soft skills
  • Leadership
  • Continuous learning

Now, to thrive after school, in addition to the three “Rs” — reading, writing and arithmetic — students should learn the four “Cs” — collaboration, communication, critical thinking and coding.

Fast fact: Long-term growth for web development-related jobs is projected at 23 percent.


Take a brief survey to receive a certificate of completion which can be used as an artifact to meet an Academic Standard for Career Education and Work.



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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.


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.


Find a summer job plus get professional development with Learn and Earn

For students ages 14 to 21, Learn and Earn is an employment program administered by Partner4Work, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The six-week internship program also professional development training in soft skills. Learn and Earn has connected nearly 6,000 young people with jobs at more than 400 worksites. Check out the resource guide and sign up for email alerts about the program.


Definition: Soft skills — A combination of people and social skills are considered soft skills. These include a strong work ethic, positive attitude; good communication skills, time management abilities; acting as a team player, self-confidence and the ability to accept and learn from criticism.


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.


Think about future careers and study for your GED 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 and other programs.


Fast fact: Seven of the 10 fastest-growing occupations are in healthcare, with the other three in production/maintenance and data science and IT.


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.


Definition: Apprentice — A person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer is an apprentice, having agreed to work for a fixed period at lower wages.


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.


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.


Definition: Intern — A student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience is called an intern.


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 to tackle challenges using maker learning.


Definition: Public Sector — The public sector is the part of the economy composed of both public services and public enterprises. The voluntary, civic or social sector concerns a diverse array of non-profit organizations emphasizing civil society.