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Medical Jobs in Pittsburgh - Free Healthcare Since 2007

Updated on December 31, 2014
PNC Park
PNC Park | Source

A Health-Smart City

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ranks among the Top 25 Smartest Cities in the US as determined by Money Magazine in the latter part of the 2000s. This determination is based on the percentages of college graduates with a Bachelor's Degree or above, including professional degrees, residing in these cities.

The highest demand job in Pittsburgh are all involved in medical and healthcare. In fact, they are mostly doctors of one specialty or another, along with family practitioners (GPs). Occupational Therapists, Nurse Practitioners, and Physical Therapy Assistants round out the Top 15 Hot Jobs in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh skyline in 2009.
Pittsburgh skyline in 2009. | Source

100 Greatest Places to Stand in the USA

The Mount Washington neighborhood in southern Pittsburgh was named by readers of in a vote as the 9th Greatest Place to Stand in America - for photography and fun. The neighborhood features a steep hill above the city, with one of the most beautiful views in the nation from the top. One of two inclines can by used for travel to the summit of the hill: the Duquesne and the Monongahela Inclines.

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The Pittsburgh Catholic Charities Charities Free Health Care Center opened in 2007. Volunteers give $1.6 million in donated healthcare hours annually to at least 20,000 people every year.

Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative [PRHI]

One reason for the emergence and development of so many Heathcare related occupations and job openings in the Greater Pittsburgh Area is the operation of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative.

PRHI was established as a facilitator for better, higher-quality, and more effective healthcare in Greater Pittsburgh in 1998. The company and its partner organizations proved in that decade-plus of endeavor that healthcare professionals on the frontlines of treatment will improve treatment outcomes, reduce overall healthcare costs, and increase personnel employment satisfaction under PRHI Best Practices.

It is no surprise, then, that PRHI has increased the overall health and quality of life for Pennsylvania residents throughout the Southwest Pennsylvania Region. They do this by Continuous Improvement that works so well for Corporate America, but unlike a commercial corporation, PHRI is a nonprofit and part of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation with funds contributed by local corporations, area and national foundations, insurance health plans and government entities.

PRHI has increased the heath status of the regional population at lower costs, greater efficiencies, and increased positive patient outcomes as a non-profit organization. Further, it has helped to create new healthcare jobs. This is all somewhat a miracle and one much appreciated by Southwest Pennsylvanians.

The Professionals

Ongoing Professional Development courses are offered through PRHI to healthcare professionals in a system called Perfecting Patient CareSM. In addition, certain healthcare initiatives are regularly targeted for improvement by the organization.These have included/include Diabetes, Infection Control, Chronic Conditions, and others. Best Practices are aimed at providing more effective treatment to keep people healthy and active, with a higher quality of life, for a longer portion of their lives.

Visit this wonderful organization at PRHI.

Job Increases 2009 - 2014

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Over 35,000 job listings in July 201145,000 job listings in April 2014.
Over 35,000 job listings in July 2011
Over 35,000 job listings in July 2011 | Source
45,000 job listings in April 2014.
45,000 job listings in April 2014. | Source

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Valley Health
  2. HCR Manorcare
  3. BNY Mellon
  4. West Penn Allegheny Health
  5. Deloitte
  6. University of Pittsburgh
  7. United States Steel
  8. PNC Bank
  9. Epeople Healthcare
  10. Carnegie Mellon University
  11. United Vision Logistics
  12. Baylor Trucking
  13. UPMC

Highest Demand Jobs In Pittsburgh

  1. University Instructional Staff, including Medical
  2. Trucking - Company Drivers, Owner Operators, Other
  3. Manufacturing Associates
  4. Physical Therapists
  5. Project Managers
  6. Java Developers
  7. Pharmacy Managers
  8. Administrative Assistants
  9. Speech Therapists
  10. Physician Representatives
  11. Occupational Therapists
  12. LPTA-Home Health

Pittsburgh Area Hospitals

  1. Allegheny General Hospital - Often named to the US News & World Report annual best hospitals list.
  2. Alle-Kiski Medical Center
  3. Canonsburg General Hospital
  4. Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh – Steadily places in the Top 10 American Children's Hospitals.
  5. Forbes Regional Health System
  6. Magee-Womens Hospital
  7. Mercy Health System
  8. Ohio Valley General Hospital
  9. St. Clair Hospital
  10. UPMC Health System - The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center supports many hospitals and health care centers with thousands of personnel. It is the largest non-government employer of Western Pennsylvania.
  11. West Penn Hospital – Flagship of the West Penn Allegheny Health System.

Healthcare Research and the VA

Pittsburgh Children's Hospital

Western School of Health and Business Careers

Top 15 High Demand Jobs in Heath and Medical

The demand for Physicians in Pittsburgh increased 60% from 3/08 - 10/09 and represented nearly 2,400 open positions in high demand occupations in April 2014.

  1. Physicians - Hospitalists
  2. Physicians - Family Practice
  3. Physicians - Gastroenterologists)
  4. Physicians - Internal Medicine
  5. Pediatricians
  6. Psychiatrists
  7. Physicians - Occupational Medicine
  8. Physicians - Internal Medicine
  9. Physicians - Emergency Medicine
  10. Physical Therapists
  11. Physicians - Obstetrics Gynecology
  12. Occupational Therapists
  13. Nurse Practitioners
  14. Physical Therapy Assistants
  15. Physicians - Urgent Care
  16. Hospice related positions

Additional high-demand job listings still increasing:

  1. Truck Drivers
  2. Sales Representatives
  3. Software Engineers
  4. Manufacturing Scientists and Engineers in pharmaceuticals

Projected High Demand Jobs to 2016 and 2020

Healthcare positions throughout much of the US will stay in high demand to 2020 or longer, because of aging population and retirement of current professionals.

Entries below in bold print indicate healthcare related jobs, although any computer/IT position may be involved directly with healthcare matters as well.

  1. Healthcare Techs and Support
  2. Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
  3. Food Prep & Service
  4. Health Aides: Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health
  5. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  6. Personal Care and Service Jobs
  7. Business and Financial Operations
  8. Counselors and Social Workers
  9. Customer Service Representatives
  10. IT/Computer Professionals
  11. Computer Specialists
  12. Information and Records Clerks - Healthcare and other fields of work.
  13. Office and Administrative Support
  14. Postsecondary Teachers (college level)
  15. Protective Services – Law enforcement, fire, EMT, etc.-- EMTS are involved in Healthcare services.

Higher Education

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    • Mortgagestar1 profile image

      Mortgagestar1 8 years ago from Weirton,West Virginia

      I live in near by Weirton,West Virginia and we are slowly becoming a sleeping community from our much lower taxes and home value comparative to Western Pennsylvania. I can be downtown Pittsburgh in 45 minutes.

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      dusanotes 8 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Pittsburgh has a very fine skyline. I think I could live there and be very happy, especially since they don't have the steel mills clouding the skies anymore. And like some cities out west, Salt Lake City, for example, they don't seem to feel the recession as much as some other areas in the east. You did a fine job with your hub. Thanks, Don White

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