Though cities like Pittsburgh got their start in the manufacturing and steel businesses, Pennsylvania computer schools train local students for a new wave of high-tech employment in the state.
Pennsylvania was home to 120,720 computer and mathematical operations workers in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Individuals can prepare to join their ranks with professional training, ranging from brief certificate programs and associate degrees, to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. In general, shorter programs prepare students for more technical entry level careers, while bachelor's degrees and some graduate degrees can be required for analyst and administrator positions.
Job outlook for grads of IT training centers in Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Department of Workforce Information and Analysis reports that job opportunities in Pennsylvania's local computer and mathematical occupations are projected to see an 8.3 percent increase between 2008 and 2018. Particularly heavy growth is expected for computer specialists (4,190 new jobs), computer systems analysts (929 new jobs) and computer support specialists (744 new jobs).
Modern businesses in Pennsylvania have a daily need for high-tech experts. Telecommunications company Comcast, energy company PPL and software and IT services firm SunGard Data Systems each have a growing need for trained IT professionals.
IT salaries in Pennsylvania
Graduates of computer learning centers in Pennsylvania are often equipped to pursue strong salaries in some of the state's lucrative IT careers. The BLS reports mean annual wages for popular IT jobs in the state in 2010:
- Computer systems analysts: $79,780
- Computer applications software developers: $82,510
- Computer support specialists: $46,570
- Information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects: $81,160
- Computer programmers: $71,290