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Information Technology and Mathematical Science jobs are a key driver of growth in the region. From cutting-edge research institutions to agile start-ups, this sector shapes our economy and drives innovation.

Information Technology

Information Technology and Mathematical Science jobs are a key driver of growth in the region. From cutting-edge research institutions to agile start-ups, this sector shapes our economy and drives innovation.

Currently, there is a dual market for IT with the majority of jobs (70%) centered in financial, business and professional services, and a smaller, but growing number, in the startup and broader technology community that are significant in their cutting-edge nature and ability to shape our economy, and to drive industry innovation here and worldwide.

The software sector in Pittsburgh is gaining momentum with “landing party companies” such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Uber choosing to locate significant parts of their operations in the city. The recent decisions of these firms to expand their offices in the region speaks to available talent from research institutions generally, and Carnegie Mellon in particular. The shape of Pittsburgh’s future IT workforce depends in large part on the region’s ability to leverage this momentum to create a mutually reinforcing ecosystem for high-end IT skills, with graduates from the area’s universities acting as a beacon for high-tech companies, and those high-tech companies in turn, acting as a pull for high caliber talent and cementing Pittsburgh’s standing as a tech hub.

While the excitement about the potential of a transformative IT sector is palpable, it is relatively nascent. In the larger Business and Finance IT workforce, employer demand is being shaped by skill hybridization, upskilling and upcredentialing, with employers seeking employees who can interpret and understand the business implications of technology across a whole range of occupations.

Jenn Van Dam Digital & Community Engagement Manager – Innovation Works

Summary of Information Technology Jobs in the Pittsburgh Region

2015 Employment
31,372
Median Salary
$84,100
Projected Growth Rate
11.73%
Annual Openings 2015-2025
2,103
Percentage Requiring Bachelor's Degree
81.67%

Occupations

Jobs requiring IT, Computer and Mathematical Science skills are in high-demand across all sectors.

  • Computer Systems Analysts

    6,252

  • Computer User Support Specialists

    5,352

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators

    4,330

  • Software Developers, Applications

    4,086

  • Software Developers, Systems Software

    2,493

  • Computer Programmers

    2,421

  • Database Administrators

    1,229

  • Computer Occupations, All Other

    1,210

  • Computer Network Support Specialists

    1,171

  • Operations Research Analysts

    681

  • Web Developers

    23.00%

  • Operations Research Analysts

    21.00%

  • Information Security Analysts

    20.00%

  • Computer Systems Analysts

    19.00%

  • Actuaries

    15.00%

  • Statisticians

    15.00%

  • Software Developers, Systems Software

    12.00%

  • Software Developers, Applications

    12.00%

  • Database Administrators

    11.00%

  • Computer User Support Specialists

    11.00%

  • Actuaries

    $98,360

  • Computer Network Architects

    $93,870

  • Software Developers, Applications

    $84,740

  • Software Developers, Systems Software

    $75,660

  • Database Administrators

    $74,400

  • Computer Occupations, All Other

    $73,260

  • Computer Systems Analysts

    $70,760

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators

    $69,410

  • Computer Programmers

    $69,080

  • Operations Research Analysts

    $65,620

Information Technology Occupation Summary

Information Technology Occupation Summary
Occupation Employment 2015 Median Salary Projected Growth Rate Projected Openings 2015-2025 % Requested BA
Computer Systems Analysts 6,252 $70,760 19.00% 456 91.00%
Information Security Analysts 625 $59,780 20.00% 46 91.00%
Computer Programmers 2,421 $69,080 -5.00% 135 83.00%
Software Developers, Applications 4,086 $84,740 12.00% 269 90.00%
Software Developers, Systems Software 2,493 $75,660 12.00% 165 83.00%
Web Developers 212 $53,810 23.00% 18 86.00%
Database Administrators 1,229 $74,400 11.00% 77 78.00%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 4,330 $69,410 7.00% 261 75.00%
Computer Network Architects 675 $93,870 3.00% 34 75.00%
Computer User Support Specialists 5,352 $44,100 11.00% 377 44.00%
Computer Network Support Specialists 1,171 $58,150 9.00% 81 61.00%
Computer Occupations, All Other 1,210 $73,260 3.00% 73 87.00%
Actuaries 282 $98,360 15.00% 21 100.00%
Operations Research Analysts 681 $65,620 21.00% 54 87.00%
Statisticians 353 $52,220 15.00% 25 94.00%
Totals / Averages 31,372 $69,548 11.73% 2,103 81.67%
Data science is a new field, but it will be crucial across all industries. We all have more data, but key is having the talent that can clearly articulate the story the data is telling us.

Skills

  • Technical Support
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Site Development
  • Business Process
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Integration
  • Software Development
  • System and Network Configuration
  • Data Management
  • Collaboration
  • SQL
  • Java
  • Oracle
  • Microsoft Windows
  • JavaScript
  • LINUX
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft C#
  • .NET Programming
  • Communication Skills
  • Writing
  • Problem Solving
  • Organizational Skills
  • Troubleshooting
  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Planning
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Customer Service
  • Project Management Certification (e.g. PMP)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • SANS/GIAC Certification
  • Certified A+ Technician
  • Certified Information Security Analyst (CISA)
  • Security Clearance

Hybrid Jobs: Blending Diverse Skill Sets Into A Single Role

Many jobs are merging discrete skill sets into single roles that are more complex than in the past. As businesses become more integrated, employers are expecting IT workers to be business-savvy and business workers to understand coding.  For example, Computer Systems Analysts, the occupation expected to grow most quickly over the next decade in IT, not only requires strong technical skills, but also business process and analytical skills. This business acumen is increasingly critical for technical roles as employers expect their IT workforce to understand “how technology solutions tie into business functions.”

Upskilling: Employers Request Higher-Level Skills

Technological innovations are changing daily routines for workers in almost every occupation. In IT, demand for front-end development, cloud computing and big data knowledge require more advanced skills and agility from workers to accommodate rapid technology changes. Currently these skills are clustered around a small number of innovative firms in Pittsburgh, but as these skills become more mainstream and spread into professional services and other industries, demand for these skills will spike.

Fastest Growing IT Skills in Terms of National Online Demand

AngularJS

  • CoffeeScript
  • Node.js
  • Backbone.js
  • Jenkins
  • Pandas for Python

Big Data Skills

  • Data Science

Big Data

  • Sqoop
  • Apache Pig
  • Tableau

Cloud Computing

  • New Relic
  • CEPH

Other

  • Internet of Things
When we hire for IT positions, we are really looking for those who are clearly ‘learning agile.’ Many people get hung up on degrees, but in this field, technical aptitude trumps all.

Opportunities

Explore top employers in the region, supply and demand information.

  • Oracle
  • PNC Financial Services
  • The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation
  • HM Health Solutions
  • UPMC
  • Accenture
  • Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • ANSYS, Inc
  • Management Science Associates, Inc
  • Rand Corporation
  • Allegheny Health Network
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc
  • Alcoa Inc
  • Gateway Health Plan

Current Supply represents new graduates (IPEDS)
Future Demand represents average annual openings in the last 10 Years

Current SupplyFuture Demand
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Industry Demand
Professional and Business Services59.7
Financial and Insurance11.0
Other8.0
Information6.0
Manufacturing5.9
Educational Services5.8
Healthcare and Social Assistance3.6

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