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Pennsylvania Computer Training Schools (PA)

Perhaps surprisingly, Pennsylvania has a robust technology ecosystem and is a hotbed for education and employment opportunities for prospective professionals. According to CompTIA's 2015 research report, Cyberstates, Pennsylvania ranked 7th in the nation for total tech employment, with more than 280,000 individuals employed in the industry.

Technology has joined the list of eight industries, such as aviation, tourism and advanced manufacturing that are central to the economic success of Pennsylvania and are supported by the state's Department of Community and Economic Development. At both the state and local level, efforts are being made to nurture investments in tech and, in the process, create new jobs and bring economic growth to the state. Example groups leading this effort include the following:

  • Ben Franklin Technology Partners. An economic development program dedicated to helping both early-stage and established technology companies access funding, networking opportunities, and technical expertise
  • Innovation Partnership. Consortium of economic development organizations helping start-ups technology companies to get federal funding
  • Technology Council of Pennsylvania. A member-based trade association, the Technology Council of Pennsylvania promotes technology development in the state

Computer Science Education in Pennsylvania

Institution Name No. of Computer Science Programs Offered Tuition & Fees Admission Rate
Carnegie Mellon University 6 $53,910 22.2%
Drexel University 4 $52,002 79.04%
DeVry University-Pennsylvania 4 $17,572 100%
Northampton County Area Community College 3 $9,240 N/A
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 3 $19,080 59.71%
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Pennsylvania has a nationally recognized higher education system, with highly ranked universities and colleges. The development of a highly qualified workforce in this educational system is a major reason why tech companies are being attracted to the state. In its annual ranking of the country's top graduate programs in computer science, seven Pennsylvania universities were ranked, including top ranked Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Overall, five of the state's universities placed in the top 100, which makes Pennsylvania one of the hottest states for computer science education in the U.S.

Tech Industry and Career Outlook in Pennsylvania

CareerAnnual Mean WageStatewide Projected Job Growth Rate
Computer Network Architects$101,0904.1%
Computer Network Support Specialists$64,7003.9%
Computer Programmers$85,800-8.4%
Computer Systems Analysts$95,9907.6%
Database Administrators$84,5109.9%
Information Security Analysts$97,62025.8%
Network and Computer Systems Administrators$77,7004.9%
Software Developers, Applications$96,37026.5%
Software Developers, Systems Software$103,52011.7%
Web Developers$72,03011.4%
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2016-26 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

As it turns out, numerous tech hubs are sprouting up in Pennsylvania, led by Pittsburgh. City leaders and stakeholders continue to invest in tech industry development, with organizations such as the Pittsburgh Technology Council driving business development, talent recruitment and retention, and other efforts to connect prospective and current companies to investment capital and more. 

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