From the technician who works on cable installations for Comcast, to the people designing Microsoft computers or troubleshooting them for a busy corporate office, there are many ways to work in Information Technology. IT is one of 16 industry clusters that the U.S. Department of Labor defines and monitors to track employment trends. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s industry clusters and their economic outlook.
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Bringing new technology to health care
With her team at a medical technology startup company all working remotely across three time zones, communications are the top skill Sharon Tejada needs.
Helping a city and its youth become more tech savvy
As Digital Inclusion Director for the City of Pittsburgh and as Founder of Beta Builders, Maximillian Dennison is trying to make technology accessible to all.
Tech CEO went from studying psychology to teaching to IT
As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a company that provides IT support, Leia Shilobod sees herself and her employees as crisis counselors.
Combining music and technology to recover memory
For Rachel Francine, the road to entrepreneurship was paved with family talent and foresight–her brother’s in music therapy and her father’s vision for a technology that would give musical cues.
Marketing is about messaging
As a marketer, it surprised Christian Kratsas to find it’s more important to get the message out often than to get it perfect every time.
Unlocking mysteries of the human brain
As a Systems Programmer & Analyst Lead for UPMC, Erica Tamburo is helping identify patterns in the human brain so that scientists can improve understanding of, and care for, depression, anxiety, dementia, and other neurocognitive problems.
Business development took her outside her comfort zone
As Director of Information Technology and Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Gina Winstead needs people skills, and she didn’t let shyness stop her from building them.
Product management involves a little bit of everything
Product management gives Corrie Potter a chance to dabble in every aspect of her business, from the creative elements of product development to sales and training.
Soft skills help build tech careers
Makah Encarnacao never imagined she’d pursue a career in technology. But a programming class she was required to take lured her in. She found that the field “isn’t as intimidating as it sounds and it’s way more fun.”
Software development is more than just coding
Curiosity, tenacity, and problem-solving ability are the skills Heather Hinkel says people who want to help design and update software need to bring with them.
Continually learning and unlearning new technologies
As a Business Integrations Manager trying to keep Kennametal’s processes updated with the latest technologies, Bhanu Narne says his most important skills are listening and “asking the right question at the right time.”
Creativity led to companies
Sparkwear Founder & CEO John Rattray has known he wanted to be an entrepreneur since 5th grade when he started a business making and selling wristbands.