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Pittsburgh One Of Nation's Best Places To Start A Career: Study

Patch logo Patch 5/14/2019 Eric Heyl
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PITTSBURGH, PA - With the college graduation season in full swing, plenty of graduates are about to enter the workforce - and there practically is no better place in America to do that in Pittsburgh, a study has concluded.

Personal finance website WalletHub released a report Tuesday that named Pittsburgh the second-best city in which to start a career. Only Salt Lake City, UT, ranked higher.

With employers planning to hire nearly 17 percent more graduates from the Class of 2019 than they did from the Class of 2018, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities on 29 indicators of career friendliness. They included availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to housing affordability.

Those indicators dovetail with what Eliazbeth Seager, the University of Dayton's associated director of career advising and experiential education, identified as some of the most important things to consider when choosing a city to start a career.

"Availability of jobs, cost of living, competitiveness of salaries, moving closer to family or support network and cultural activities that match one's interests," she said.

Here's how Pittsburgh ranked in some of the study's leading indicators:

  • 10th: Entry-level jobs per 100,000 working age population.
  • 15th: Monthly average starting salary, adjusted for cost of living.
  • 17th: Housing affordability.
  • 34th: Percentage of adults age 25 and older with at least a bachelor's degree.
  • 54th: Annual job growth rate, adjusted for population growth.

You can view the entire study here.

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