Key Industries & Corporations

Today’s Pittsburgh is a hub for manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and education.

Not only are there a number of top corporations that call Pittsburgh home, but several emerging companies and industries are getting their start right here!

Pittsburgh has always been a city built on industry, and though the landscape of these industries has changed throughout history, Pittsburgh is still a leader. Within Pittsburgh's top five leading industries - advanced manufacturing, healthcare, energy, financial and business services, and information technology – some of its leading companies include, Alcoa, Inc., Kraft Heinz Co, and Highmark Health. Find more of Pittsburgh’s leading companies.

It’s no wonder Pittsburgh has always been a leader in industry. Its location in the beautiful Western Pennsylvania region gives lots of advantages to emerging industries. Pittsburgh is home to the U.S.'s second largest inland port, 18 commercial railroad systems, access to several interstate highways as well as 50%+ of U.S. buying power within 500 miles. In addition, Pittsburgh International Airport continues to impress with new nonstop flights being added every day. Other advantages include being in the Eastern Time Zone, and Pittsburgh low risk of natural disaster. 

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Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing has always been a vital asset to the Pittsburgh region’s economy. For more than 150 years, the region has benefited from a skilled workforce, excellent transportation infrastructure, and an extensive inventory of industrial sites and buildings. Today, advanced manufacturing powers world-class strengths in the growing fields of additive manufacturing, engineering, information technology and robotics. Global manufacturing firms as well as smaller precision tooling and machining companies are both meeting worldwide demand for a vast spectrum of goods, including materials, parts and components for some of the most critical industries. Much of the modern world was built with Pittsburgh-made steel and specialty metals – two historic commodities that put the region on the global map. While grounded in a rich history, manufacturing today is focused on using its core strengths to further future emerging opportunities. Find more information about Pittsburgh’s strides in advanced manufacturing.

Healthcare & Life Sciences

The healthcare and life sciences sector is built on a legacy of biomedical innovation in the region. By cultivating lifesaving technology, making advances in medical devices, regenerative medicine and pharmaceuticals, Pittsburgh has truly made a name for itself in the healthcare field. With programs at both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University supporting medical research in the region, there are more than 7,500 healthcare-related degrees awarded annually and approximately 133,000 people employed in the healthcare industry. Regional accolades include University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine's ranking as number 5 in research and number 4 in primary care and UPMC being named among "American's 2014 Best Hospitals." Find more information about Pittsburgh's strides in healthcare and life sciences.


From natural gas, coal and nuclear energy, to solar, wind, and intelligent buildings, Pittsburgh's energy industry is comprised of 45,000 jobs, 1,050 firms, and 367 expansions/relocations since 2007. Pittsburgh is the #1 U.S. exporter of coal, metal ore and other non-metallic minerals and the Energy sector's economic impact is significant, employing 38,720 at companies including Chevron, Eaton, PPG Industries, Inc., and Shell Chemicals. The region's energy industry is working to make the region "the new center of American Industry" by "integrating traditional energy sources and alternative energy sources with technology and innovation to deliver cleaner, more cost-effective energy solutions," according to Morgan O'Brien, CEO of Peoples Gas. Find more information about Pittsburgh's strides in energy.

Financial & Business Services

Financial and Business Services is the leading industry sector in the Pittsburgh region. It employs 230,000 people at 11,467 firms and is home to 35 regional colleges and universities which produce 5,500 business graduates, 1,300 IT graduates, 550+ law and legal graduates, and 2,000 MBAs. These individuals go on to be employed at companies including Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Highmark, Inc., and more. The region has been at the center for asset management, banking, and shared services for more than 150 years. Pittsburgh provides a safe and strategic location with low risk and redundant business utility services and is located within 500 miles of half of all U.S. bank deposits. Find more information about Pittsburgh's strides in financial and business services.

Information Technology

The Pittsburgh region is number 2 in the U.S. for IT degrees, with 2,600 IT degree graduates annually. And being home to America's number 1 best graduate programs in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University allows graduates access to careers in operations at a number of tech giants, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, SAP and Uber. Not to mention Pittsburgh startups like ANSYS, Duolingo, and Schell Games. Information technology touches everything and Pittsburgh technology is at the forefront of innovation in other industries such as finance, manufacturing, and healthcare. The future of technology is being developed right here in Pittsburgh and more companies keep choosing Pittsburgh as a home. Find more information about Pittsburgh's strides in information technology.

Emerging Industries

Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
World-class research and development, as well as a variety of partnerships and talented individuals work together to make Pittsburgh the perfect environment for robotics companies like Astrobotic Technologis, Inc., CMU National Robotics Engineering Center, and RedZone Robotics.

Cyber Security
With globally valued assets like the CERT Coordination Center, CMU's CyLab, the National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance, and the Pittsburgh High Tech Crimes Task Force, the region is at the helm of development in cyber security.

Additive Manufacturing
Recently, advanced materials and research has allowed Pittsburgh to become a hub for rapid prototyping and on-demand fabrication with companies like Aerotech, Alcoa Technical Center, and America Makes at the helm of this revolution.