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Information and Communications Technology

A center for storage, security and robotics, too.

When Google announced in 2005 they would bring build engineering and R&D work to Pittsburgh, the world became aware of what had already been a key strength for the region. Top research universities such as Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have been producing a tech-savvy talent pipeline to serve a network of innovative companies and startups. Business incubators and supporters such as Innovation Works, AlphaLab, the Pittsburgh Technology Council and the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse help to turn great ideas into reality by offering guidance and connections to venture capital.In 2012, 32,322 people were employed at 1,600 this sector at companies including Google, Ansys, Compunetix, TeleTracking and CMU's Software Engineering Institute. In addition, such companies as BNY Mellon, Dollar BankHighmark, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. and UPMC are major employers, too. Software is the leading employer, growing twice as fast as the national average at 26.6 percent in 2012, and employing 15,155 people.

  • Among U.S. universities, Carnegie Mellon University's graduate programs rank:
    • No. 1 Computer Science
    • No. 2 Information Systems
    • No. 6 Engineering
  • $100 million in university-related R&D spending - 62 percent increase from 2001-2009
  • Nearly $1.8 billion in venture capital invested in emerging businesses in the past decade

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