Bonnie Pfister

Pittsburgh’s got jobs — plenty of them. There are 20,000 positions open today across the 10-county region on the ImaginePittsburgh.com. That’s a one-stop shop for information about employers, careers and job postings that are updated nightly from more than 1,000 jobs boards and orporate websites.

Here are few of the jobs available right now from ImaginePittsburgh.com’s Featured Employers 

Insurance Agent at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Search Engine Marketing Specialist at MARC USA

Technical Support Desk Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh

Assistant Director of Residence Life at Washington & Jefferson College

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the parent organization of ImaginePittsburgh.com, is hiring for several positions including a web developer, market research analyst and a both a director and administrative coordinator for investor relations.

Not quite what you were looking for? Check out our Neighbors page to see what kinds of careers young and mid-career professionals are pursuing. You can reach out to the Neighbors for networking ideas via the LinkedIn addresses include in their profiles. And stay up-to-date with new job postings and other news about building a great life in the Pittsburgh region via our monthly newsletter, our RSS feedFacebookTwitter or  LinkedIn.

Zersha Munir

Pittsburgh’s got jobs — 26,860 open as of today in the 10-county region on the ImaginePittsburgh.com job search engine. That’s  a one-stop aggregator of career postings updated daily from more than 900 jobs boards, corporate websites and search engines.

Here are few available today:

Front End Web Developer at Carnegie Mellon University

Manager of Architecture at Highmark

Labor Program Coordinator at Bayer

Supplier Quality Engineer at Industrial Scientific

Senior Loan Analyst at Dollar Bank

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Pittsburgh Promise Scholar Brianna Smith
Pittsburgh Promise Scholar Brianna Smith

With the Pittsburgh Promise now beginning its sixth year of offering college and technical school scholarships to city students, the nonprofit is also looking to bring those newly minted college grads back home – and to help connect them with some of the thousands of jobs available now in the Pittsburgh region.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently profiled efforts by the innovative program to assist its college and tech school grads with career fairs, interview trainings and networking opportunities, while the New Pittsburgh Courier highlighted a mentorship program of 150 African American male high school students interested in participating in the Pittsburgh Promise.  (Here’s another story about getting those students “Promise Ready.”)

In related news, scientific instrument maker Thermo Fisher Scientific, headquartered in Waltham, Mass. but with about 1,500 workers in Robinson Township, just announced a $1 million commitment that includes scholarships for five high-performing students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (known as the STEM fields).

The Pittsburgh Promise began in 2008 to award scholarships to Pittsburgh Public Schools graduates with at least a 2.5 grade point average and 90 percent attendance. Funded with foundation and corporate support, it has provided, to date, more than $25 million in scholarship funds to 3,700 students.

You can learn more about it here. And find out more about jobs in the Pittsburgh region through the Allegheny Conference’s career awareness portal and job search engine, ImaginePittsburgh.com.

Jim Futrell

While there are certainly several resources for job growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics, the Pittsburgh metropolitan statistical area recorded its best October employment on record at 1,161,300. Employment grew 1.2 percent from September 2011 and 1.9 percent from October 2010. (You can read more about it on the website of Pittsburgh TODAY which compares the Pittsburgh region to similar, benchmark cities that include Philadelphia, Cleveland, Denver and Charlotte.)

So what was driving this job growth? One would suspect this to be part of seasonal trends, and while it is true that employment almost always gets a September to October bump around 5,000, this year’s jump was well over 13,000. Trade, transportation, and utilities, and government are two industries that are more significantly impacted by seasonal gains and losses.

Traditional strong-growing industries such as financial activities and professional and business services experienced minimal ups and downs over the past few quarters. Education and health services is a key industry, which has been gradually increasing over the past several months to its current peak of 251,000 employees, a record high.

Often the most interesting data can be found deeper within certain industries. Management of companies and enterprises (a sub-sector of professional and business services) saw its employment rise to 35,900 in October. This is not just the best October for this sub-sector, but the highest employment ever recorded in this industry. This again reinforces several previous analyses by the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance on the importance of Pittsburgh as headquarters hub.

Colleges, universities, and professional schools, a sub-sector of the education and health care industry, saw its employment rise to 45,400, a record high. While some of this can be attributed to increased hiring for the school year, it’s still 10 percent higher than October 2010, and 21 percent higher than this time just five years ago. Pittsburgh’s college and universities are key contributors to this record-breaking October.

Before readers get too excited, remember, the labor force also increased in October, so this will not necessarily translate directly to a major reduction in the regional unemployment rate. According to the Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, October’s unemployment rate did drop to 7.0 percent, well below the state rate (8.1 percent) and national rate (9.0 percent). The region is moving in the right direction, fueled by a wide range of industries.