Autonomous Vehicles

Companies like Uber, Argo AI, Delphi and Aurora are all researching autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh. To remain at the forefront of the industry, the region has to supply a talented workforce has to support it. There were twice as many jobs related to autonomous vehicles in the region than there were on average in the U.S. Software developers are the most in-demand role, while mechanical engineers are a close second. Once further developed, autonomous vehicle companies will also require more roles to support the operation and maintenance of self-driving cars. Training providers must continue to supply workers with the right skills in order for the industry to continue to thrive.

Watch as we visit Aurora, who are creating an autonomy platform that will be applied to many different types of vehicles, from cars to trucks.


Related to autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh sees a year-over-year job growth of 324%

This is six times faster than growth in the sector nationally and significantly faster than other autonomous vehicle hubs in the U.S.

Key Technical Jobs in the Autonomous Vehicle Industry

  • Engineering Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Computer Scientist
  • UI/UX Designer/Developer
  • Software QA Engineer
  • Civil Engineer

As more companies build self-driving fleets, their hiring needs will expand to include more roles supporting the maintenance and operation of self-driving cars.
Key autonomous downstream jobs include:

  • Sales Representative
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Recruiter
  • Accountant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Technical Writer


A 59 percent increase in the number of jobs in robotics are a part of the rapidly growing field that would put Pittsburgh at the center of a boom in the industry. Jobs fall into “producer” categories, which design and build the robotics technologies, and “consumer” roles, which determine the application and maintenance of robotics in different industries. Investments in robotics could quadruple by 2025, with high-skill technicians in demand.

Visit HEBI Robotics to learn more about the robots they create to handle everyday tasks.

Meet Pragna Maanam, a CMU student who's found her passion in the field of robotics.

Carnegie Mellon University's SMART program prepares students for real-world robotics careers.

Key Producer Jobs in Robotics 

  • Software Developer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Software QA Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Industrial Engineer
  • IT Project Manager

Key Skills Requested in the Robotics Industry

  • C++
  • Software Engineering
  • Python
  • Software Development
  • Project Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Machine Learning
  • Debugging

All of these skills are in greater demand in Pittsburgh than the U.S. overall.

Key Consumer Jobs in Robotics 

  • Field Service Technician
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Business/Management Technician
  • Data Mining Analyst
  • Physician
  • Welder/Solderer
  • Health Technician/Technologist
  • Security/Defense Intelligence Analyst

In job openings related to robotics, Pittsburgh sees a year-over-year growth of 59%

This is almost triple the national average of 22%, and ranks highest among all U.S. cities.

Information Technologies

Information technologies jobs will grow more than twice as fast in Pittsburgh over the next decade, but university graduates are leaving to go elsewhere, leaving a supply shortage of workers. If software start-ups like Duolingo and JazzHR and high-profile consumer tech firms like Google and Facebook continue to locate here, the region will draw even more top-tier engineers. Software development has more often followed an agile method that requires greater teamwork, communication and customer service skills in project management roles. Business acumen to understand the implication of technology solutions is also helpful.

 The software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers occupation is expected to grow 21.5% by 2029.

Visit The National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance to get a glimpse at the Information Security and Cyber Forensics!

Visit Digital Dream Labs too see how the worlds of computer programming and animation come together to create video games!

Where and how exactly might sports and technology intersect? Visit Diamond Kinetics with us to learn about how.

Hear from a student & instructor from a coding bootcamp on the role of code developers in computer technology.

Example Career Ladder: Information Technology

Follow one example of a career pathway in information technologies starting from the core skills of IT Support and Administration into a career path.

An example career path in the field of manufacturing.

Computer Repair Technician & Helpdesk

  • Help Desk: In terms of IT, is a department in an organization responsible for answering the technical questions of its users/customers.
  • Set up computer hardware and installing software
  • First-line troubleshooting a variety of computer problems
  • Set up and troubleshoot computer networks

Helpdesk Manager

  • Management skills such as supervision and mentoring of helpdesk staff

Network & Computer Systems Administrators

  • Advanced computer network skills such as network storage and disaster recovery planning
  • Advanced network support and security skills

Computer Network Architects

  • Look for improvments in the efficiency of networks through network modeling and analysis
  • A bachelor's degree is typically needed to advance to this role

More jobs in Information Technologies

  • computer systems analysts
  • support specialists
  • software developers
  • computer programmers
  • database administrators
  • information security analysts
  • web developers

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