Bonnie Pfister

Where can you find 24,112 job listing for the Pittsburgh region — all in one place? ImaginePittsburgh.com, that’s where! Each night our powerful job aggregator scrapes more than 900 corporate websites and job search engines for listings across the 10-county Pittsburgh region. So it’s no longer necessary to go to Monster, then Career Builder, then US Jobs and on and on. We bring it all to you in one convenient place.

Here are few of the jobs you’ll find on the site right now:

Store Leader at Giant Eagle/GetGo

Architect at TeleTracking Technologies

Shop Supervisor at Elliott Group

Oracle BI Systems Analyst at PPG Industries

Data Manager at the University of Pittsburgh

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Jim Futrell
Photo by by Mark Peterson / Redux
Photo by by Mark Peterson / Redux

I love the great press we’re getting this week from POLITCO magazine. The Robots That Saved Pittsburgh highlights a region “that has developed into one of the country’s most vibrant tech centers, a hotbed of innovation that can no longer be ignored by the industry’s titans.” The piece is accompanied by a terrific photo essay of several key robotic spinoffs from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a second gallery that captures the Pittsburgh region in all its gritty winter beauty.

I have to point out, however, that robotics is a relatively small part of our economy – probably employing no more than 5,000 people. Yet this recognition by a serious journalistic outfit reflects a deeper truth: the Pittsburgh region has capitalized on the unique way that advanced manufacturing, technology and innovation can elevate a place.

There are other such convergences of our key sectors that are allowing Pittsburgh to have a big impact. A lot of it can be seen in energy — think Aquatech, Holtec, Hammill and the number of IT companies that support financial services and healthcare applications. With a company like Aesynt (formerly McKesson Automated Healthcare) or Aethon, you hit the trifecta for converging sectors: IT, advanced manufacturing and healthcare.

It’s innovation that’s driving the 10-county economy, as well as R&D that goes back decades. The boost in energy-sector jobs that we’ve seen in the past five years (35 percent growth — or 12,000 jobs — compared to an overall employment increase of just 1.5 percent) can be traced back to investment starting in 1970s. The National Energy Technology Laboratory, a federal entity based in South Park for more than a century, did the research into deep, horizontal drilling techniques that have made today’s shale gas boom possible.

So while robots are cool, the real wow is in the way that technological innovation plus the region’s historic industrial strengths have created advances that would no doubt turn the head of the Jetson’s Rosie.Rosie the Robot / Copyright Hanna-Barbera

 

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Bill Flanagan

Tonight, President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address. Tomorrow, according to media reports, he’s headed to our region – West Mifflin to be exact.

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Unlike much of the country and much of Pennsylvania for that matter, the state of our region is relatively sound.  Although the job growth rate has slowed a bit (more in line with the national average), according to PittsburghToday.org we’re still outpacing the average of our benchmark regions. Household employment remains at record levels, with 1,285,400 people employed in the region through the end of November.  Employment has been at record levels for 18 of the past 22 months.

At a time when there’s so much talk about the very real challenge of long-term unemployment and an ongoing debate about extending jobless benefits, it may be easy to forget that more than 20,000 local jobs are available through ImaginePittsburgh.com. A big challenge is the mismatch between the skills employers need and those of the people looking for work. More than half the open jobs listed in the 10 counties of our region demand at least some IT skills.

The relative strength of our region’s economy, coupled with strong community and family networks, may be part of the reason why Pittsburgh has turned up near the top of a list of the “10 best places to pursue the American dream.” Researchers from Harvard and Berkeley ranked regions according to “intergenerational upward mobility,” places where children do better than their parents. Pittsburgh turned up at No. Two, right after Salt Lake City and just outpacing San Jose; places The Atlantic calls the “capitals of the land of opportunity.”

Turns out as well that Pittsburgh’s getting to be a mighty good place to grab some grub. The city’s turned up on another list, this one from Bon Appétit, of the “next big ingredients:” the people and places setting the pace for food in 2014. The magazine says Pittsburgh is ‘The Next Big Food Town’ and that the‘Steel City is where you need to eat now.’ According to the magazine, there are four reasons why: “1.) The East Liberty neighborhood, with its $52 million transit center and future Ace Hotel. 2.) Farmers’ markets everywhere, including Farmers @ Firehouse in the Strip District. 3.) Restaurants like Cure, Bar Marco, Conflict Kitchen, Notion, Fukuda, and Meat & Potatoes. 4.) Serious beer (The Brew Gentlemen) and cocktails (The Livermore, Butterjoint).”

Bon Appétit didn’t reference Pittsburgh specifically with regard to the Boilermaker, also making its top ten for 2014. This famous drink incorporates a shot and a beer, and it’s hardly news around the region, where a shot and beer often meant the end of a steel worker’s shift. But apparently the drink is sweeping the country.  For example, Produce Row Café in Portland pairs an oatmeal stout with single-malt Scotch in its version.

Speaking of Portland, a civic leadership delegation from that city is planning a visit to Pittsburgh in the spring. We’ve hosted more than 30 of these delegations from around the country since President Obama brought the G-20 summit to Pittsburgh a little more than four years ago. In the same period, working with Global Pittsburgh, we’ve hosted more than 50 international delegations. They’ve all come looking for best practices in regional revitalization.

But in the meantime, it will be nice to welcome the President back to town. His decision to bring the world leaders to Pittsburgh in 2009 with thousands of reporters in tow helped to transform our region’s reputation – as did everyone who helped to tell our transformation story and showcase our achievements.

Bonnie Pfister

New year, new career? Or maybe just looking for some market intelligence to leverage bargaining power at your current job? Shop around on ImaginePittsburgh.com, which shows more than 19,000 jobs open today in the 10-county region. This unique aggregator pulls job postings from thousands of corporate websites and search engines into one convenient place. Here are just a few of the current openings from our Featured Employers.

Staff Accountant at Federated Investors

Operational Finance Manager at RTI International Metals

Environmental Engineer at CONSOL Energy, Inc.

Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence Director at the University of Pittsburgh

Consulting Associate, Leadership Solutions at Development Dimensions International

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Bonnie Pfister

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 jobs open right now across the 10-county Pittsburgh region? You can find them on the powerful job search engine of ImaginePittsburgh.com, which scrapes thousands of corporate websites and search engines nightly to help you advance your career in Pittsburgh.

Here’s a recent sampling:

Engineering Manager at ModCloth’s Pittsburgh office. The individual joining this startup will manage the engineering team. Three years of experience and basic technical knowledge of the technology ModCloth uses to inform decisions are required.

Line Technician at Bayer in Saxonburg, Butler County. This role is responsible for operation and upkeep of custom production equipment and automation, performing mechanical and electrical maintenance repairs, trouble shooting and solving advanced technical problems when necessary. The position will provide technical training and guidance to more junior personnel in the manufacturing department. The successful candidate will have a technical associate’s degree and several years of experience.

Analytical Chemist II at PPG Industries. The successful candidate will analyze materials and products in the Wet Chemistry group with responsibilities for functional group, particle size, gravimetric, and flashpoint/firepoint analyses.

Network Engineer I at BNY Mellon. Proactively and reactively monitor and support this financial institution’s core network infrastructure. This position requires knowledge of Packet Analysis tools and CCNP/CCNA Cisco certifications or equivalent.

Metrics and Analytics Specialist at PNC Financial Services. This position is primarily responsible for developing, reporting and performing statistical analysis in support of the anti-money laundering surveillance group. In addition to excellent oral and written communication skills, the successful candidate must also have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field.

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Bill Flanagan

With the team’s defeat of the Chicago Cubs Monday night at PNC Park, the Pirates are definitely “in” – in the spotlight of the playoffs, that is. This first run since 1992 at the pinnacle of MLB, the World Series puts the Pirates and their hometown more in the spotlight than ever.

Like the Bucs, the Pittsburgh region is looking better than ever — re-imagined and re-made in significant ways since 1992. We’ve capitalized on Pirates winning streak to present the highlights of the region’s own great American comeback in a fun video, à la 60 Minutes, the classic American TV newsmagazine. In the interest of time, so that fans can get back to the business of cheering on the Buccos, we present the Pittsburgh region’s transformation in “60 Seconds!” Got a minute? Check it out.