Today, after years of local universities losing graduates to larger cities, many upbeat, young professionals are deciding to stay and make Pittsburgh home. Did you know that between 2000 and 2014, the number of young college graduates in Pittsburgh grew by 53%, or almost 15,000? Why this change? Because the city is offering them a variety of opportunities. STEM careers are particularly in demand as tech giants like Google, Facebook, Apple and Uber maintain offices here. In fact, livability.com recently included Pittsburgh on its list of the best places to put an engineering degree to work.
Moreover, tech start-ups keep growing in the incubators of universities such as Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. Jobs in information, education and healthcare all have outperformed national averages as the city’s reputation grows.
Pittsburgh also offers an eclectic mix of arts, architecture, history and business, giving younger people what they want and need in an open, genial atmosphere. Museums, parks, bike trails, artistic events and affordable housing fashioned out of former industrial buildings are appealing to young people setting out on their own. At Franjo Construction, we are in tune with the needs of this younger generation of high-tech workers and are committed to participate in both the residential and commercial markets to serve this new workforce.