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Finding Jobs in Pittsburgh, Where Healthcare is Free Since 2007

Updated on December 5, 2018
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Ms. Inglish is successful at employment & training, with regional records of tens of thousands placed and retained in gainful employment.

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 since the occurrence of the Great Recession in the late AD 2000s. One reason for this is the fact that healthcare here is often free. Anoher reason is that google opened an office in the city at Bakery Square in 2006 before the recession and other large companies followed it.

The high ranking also is based on the percentages of college graduates with a bachelor's degree or above, including professional degrees, residing here.

The highest demand jobs in Pittsburgh are all involved in medical and healthcare. In fact, the job titles are mostly doctors of one specialty or another, along with family practitioners (GPs).

Occupational therapists, nurse practitioners (who can work as physician assistants), and physical therapy assistants round out the Top 15 Hot Jobs in Pittsburgh.

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

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.

Success of the 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).

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 that healthcare professionals on the front lines 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.

The organization does this by a system of continuous improvement that works so well for corporate America. 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 a hallmark of PRHI 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

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 Through AD 2018

The charts below show that job listing increased not only during the Great Recession, but onward as well.

By the end of AD 2018, over 38,000 job listings for Greater Pittsburgh were listed on a combination of all of the following sites:

  • (featuring the most listings for this city)

Of those 38,000 listings, at least one-third are health and medical jobs.

In addition to health and medical job titles listed, the above search engines indicate that a related service job is growing in openings as well. This includes the full-time Amazon Prime and grocery shopper and delivery types of jobs that aid not only busy professionals, but also shut-ins and the physically challenged.

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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

Wage growth has emerged as a regional strength and economists expect it to continue to fuel the economy in 2018...The region’s technology sector, which has attracted major companies, such as Google and Uber, is expected to continue to grow...A growing local energy industry buoyed by abundant natural gas is awakening.

— Pittsburgh Quarterly, Spring 2018

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Highmark Health: This entity is spending $700,000,000 in expansions in AD 2019.
  2. Allegheny Health Network
  3. The University of Pittsburgh
  5. Giant Eagle, Inc.
  6. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: This entity is building three new hospitals, the first to open in AD 2020.
  7. Eat n Park | Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
  8. Target Stores: Retail
  9. PNC (Bank) Financial Services Group
  10. BNY Mellon Bank
  11. Eating Places: Pizza Hut; Dunkin Donuts; McDonald's
  12. CVS Health and Retail
  13. Maxim Healthcare Services
  14. Merakey Health
  15. Vitalent: Health and Medical

Pittsburgh Children's Hospital
Pittsburgh Children's Hospital

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. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh: Consistently 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. VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System: 4100 Allequippa St, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  12. West Penn Hospital: Flagship of the West Penn Allegheny Health System.

Projected High Demand Jobs to AD 2014

  1. Occupational and Physical Therapists, Assistants & Aides
  2. Computer-Controlled and Other Machine Tool Operators and Mechanics
  3. Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Medical Assistants
  4. Home Health and Personal Care Aides
  5. Personal Financial Advisors
  6. IT: Software and Web Developers, IT Analysts and Managers
  7. Speech-Language Pathologists
  8. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  9. Healthcare Counselors and Social Workers and Assistants
  10. Construction: Laborers, electricians, painters, helpers, other
  11. Restaurant Cooks
  12. Medical Secretaries
  13. Bus/Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists
  14. Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics
  15. Heavy Truck and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Higher Education

  • Allegheny College: One of U.S. News and World Report Top 80 in liberal arts.
  • Carlow University: Catholic faith-based.
  • Carnegie Mellon University: The highest-tech university in the USA, known for computer science, robotics, and other programs. Always ranked among top American schools.
  • Chatham College: Private women’s college.
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Duquesne University: Downtown Pittsburgh, a high-ranked urban campus.
  • Geneva College: Christian, liberal arts and sciences.
  • Grove City College : Christian liberal arts and professional education.
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania: Three campuses.
  • LaRoche College: Catholic, coed.
  • Point Park University: Downtown Pittsburgh career/technology education.
  • Robert Morris University: Moon Township campus for business education.
  • Saint Vincent: Catholic liberal arts.
  • Seton Hill: Greensburg, PA. Liberal arts with design-your-own-majors.
  • University of Pittsburgh: State research university and teaching hospital.
  • Washington and Jefferson College: Founded 1781. Famous for superior pre-law and pre-health programs.
  • Western School of Health and Business Careers
  • Westminster College: Presbyterian liberal arts.

Western School of Health and Business Careers

Downtown Pittsburgh.
Downtown Pittsburgh.

A "Great Place to Stand" for Photos

The Mount Washington neighborhood in southern Pittsburgh was named by readers of in a readers' 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 at the top. One of two inclines can by used for travel to the summit of the hill: the Duquesne and the Monongahela Inclines. Both are fun to ride.

Mount Washington, Pittsburgh:
Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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Monongahela Incline:
Monongahela Incline, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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Local History and Culture

This park includes the archaeological remains of Fort Pitt and Fort Duquesne, along with the associated French village and cemetery. In addition, there are thousands of years of Native American history in this landmark. The "Forks of the Ohio" is a registered National Historic Landmark as of 1960, recognizing the French and Indian War (1754-1763) fought among Native Americans, the British, and French colonists.

The park is built at the former site of an industrial complex abandoned on the 1950s. A notable fountain sends water over 120 feet into the air. Pittsburgh officials chose the park design offered by a local architect over one given by the famous Frank Lloyd Wright.


Point State Park, Pittsburgh

Point State Park, Pittsburgh:
Point State Park, 101 Commonwealth Place #1, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA

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  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Pittsburgh—Employment Growth Gaining Traction; May 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Area job listings throughout November and December 2018.
  • Pittsburgh Quarterly; Spring 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS


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