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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: philadelphia
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Default Job market in Pittsburgh?

I am thinking of moving back to Pittsburgh after living in philadelphia for almost 20 years. can you give me your honest opinion of how the job market is in the area?
I have enough savings to live for several months without a job but I know I will be stressed out and worried about finding one.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Wilkinsburg
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I am thinking of moving back to Pittsburgh after living in philadelphia for almost 20 years. can you give me your honest opinion of how the job market is in the area?
I have enough savings to live for several months without a job but I know I will be stressed out and worried about finding one.
Depends on the field. Can you specify the type of work that you are qualified for and would be interested in doing?
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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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It depends. What field are you in? Overall, it sucks...but it's a lot better than most other places. It's hard to complain about the job market here when so many other people in this country have it so much worse. The low cost of living helps too. I don't know how people in places like CA survive with high unemployment and high cost of living.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:45 PM
 
Location: philadelphia
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I work in finance/accounting.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Wilkinsburg
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All of the Big 4 firms have offices in Pittsburgh, if that's your thing. Outside of the Big 4, there are a number of large corporations that employ a lot of accounts in various capacities. Some of my friends in the accounting and finance fields work for the following companies, which you may consider looking into, but most are Big 4.

BNY Mellon
American Eagle Outfitters
Federated Investors
UPMC
Westinghouse
PNC
Heinz
PPG
Alcoa
K&L Gates
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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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I put my resume on Monster 3 weeks ago. I already have 2 offers and am waiting on a 3rd. My field is IT. I don't think Accounting/Finance is worse. The market is good.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 01:54 PM
 
Location: PB
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It's better than a lot of America but still blows overall.

I don't know about finance but my friends say that accounting is pretty much saturated in the area. One of my buddies ended up with a government job doing accounting instead.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 02:19 PM
 
Location: philadelphia
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Thanks so much everyone. Guess I'll start looking and see what I find.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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There are actually tons of "McJobs" here. Career opportunities, on the other hand, are much more contentious to obtain. I've lived here in Pittsburgh since late-2010. I will be starting training just this week after accepting an offer of employment from PNC in my field (Accounting/Finance) and will still be working a second job to supplement that income. When I first moved here I had a job within two weeks that paid $10/hr. Finding my second job was just as simple. My partner has been a "permatemp" since graduating college in May 2009, as a point of reference, so I do feel very blessed to have finally have received an offer.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 08:59 PM
 
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All the money is in healthcare and the health insurance industry, at least until that bubble blows.

Look there.

Highmark and UPMC have openings for experienced accounting/finance people.
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