As Fortune’s Erik Sherman recently reported, the list of best U.S. workplaces for women in tech is out, and it has some surprises.
Published by the Anita Borg Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing women in computing, the list praised the historic Pittsburgh bank as a place “where women technologists can thrive.”
You can read more about it here. But BNY Mellon isn’t the only local company looking for top talent in IT. Did you know there are nearly 10,000 IT-related jobs OPEN NOW in the 10-county region? They cut across entertainment, energy, advanced manufacturing, healthcare/life sciences and financial services.
Google, Disney, Intel, Apple and Yahoo are among the companies that have chosen to locate in the Pittsburgh thanks to the top-rate talent emerging from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and 34 other area colleges and universities. And such Fortune 500 companies as BNY Mellon, PNC Bank, PPG Industries and CONSOL Energy are always in the market for the best IT talent.
Affordable Living Among Smart, Friendly Natives and Newcomers
In Pittsburgh, you can have both a decent place to live and a decent social life. You won’t have to sacrifice fun in order to pay the rent on a remote apartment, or stack up with roommates to live in the heart of the city.
Housing costs are generally half of what you’d find in Boston, more than 60 percent less than in Washington D.C. or Silicon Valley and 80 percent lower than New York. The Economist, Forbes, NerdWallet and others regularly include Pittsburgh among the nation’s most-livable cities. Pittsburgh has an innovative restaurant scene, abundant recreational options amid lush topography in four seasons and a robust cultural life from the classical to the cutting edge.
We have the country’s second-largest population of college-educated young people after Boston. Artists and creative people are increasingly moving from larger cities because here they can afford to both launch their dream career and buy or rent a house in hip neighborhoods like Lawrenceville, East Liberty, Downtown and the South Side.
Rich Ecosystem for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Pittsburgh is also the location of choice for dynamic startups and established firms in entertainment and internet technologies, big data, robotics and more. It is home to such companies as Schell Games, DeepLocal, The Resumator, 4Moms, ShowClix, ANSYS, Duolingo, Digital Dream Labs, Ness Technologies, Smith Micro, Netronome and Astrobotic – which is on track to be the first private company to land on the moon.
Why Pittsburgh? Because the region has a robust startup support network. AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear, Tech Shop, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Pittsburgh Life Science Greenhouse and Idea Foundry are among the organizations that help innovators turn ideas into enterprise.
Pittsburgh also helps entrepreneurs find startup capital through such nationally recognized groups like Innovation Works.
Click HERE to check out our infographic about the tech opportunities in the Pittsburgh region.
Pass it on to friends itching to get back to the ‘Burgh.