Don't get me started on Pittsburgh Population problems!
I'm 27 and supposedly a member of the generation that Pittsburgh so despretly wants to keep here. I grew up in Pittsburgh and returned here after I graduated college. In the 4 years that I have lived and worked in Pittsburgh (not in medicine or nursing) as an adult I have:
Been laid off twice (pre 9-11)
Could not find ANY TYPE of employment for 6 months and when I finally did I got a clerical position that requires no type of secondary education (but I won't complain because of the 10 other people in my department that I got laid off with I am the ONLY one that has found a job, and it's been almost a year since we were laid off) Trust me, we're not being picky.
The company I worked for has laid off roughly 3/4 of it's entire work force in the past year. (It totals to about 1,500 people)
The last job I had they hired a male for the same type of position I had who was my age, education level, and had less experience than I, but he received $6,000.00 more a year.
My most recent supervisor told me that he would not teach me anything about my position or job duties because he didn't want to "bother" to teach me anything since I am a young married woman who will "probably start a family soon" and leave the company. He is in his late 40's.
Sorry if I sound terribly jaded but I am normally a nice easy going person but when I hear about "all the jobs that are in Pittsburgh" and "Stay invent PA" and then hear about lay offs I just go ballistic.
I know that not everyone in Pittsburgh has had problems with their careers like I have but trust me, there are a lot of us out there. Of the friends I have from High School and College (Penn State) only one resides in Pittsburgh and one more lives near Penn State. All the others, say about 25 young people, don't even live in Pennsylvania.
I really feel that Pittsburgh's main industry will soon become health care and hospitals. Our "Baby Boomer" population is increasing in age and so they need more health care, etc. But what happens after that Generation has passed on? Will we see hospitals close because there are less patients? At this point I don't see Pittsburgh attracting a lot of other types of industries to fill the void.
And to hear that UPMC is laying people off does not give me much comfort as a student who is trying to get into nursing school. But, with the way the economy is lots of businesses are "re-structuring" and re-organizing to save money so UPMC is probably just following suit.
I also read an article yesterday that a hospital in Washington County is expanding by a great number of beds. But I wonder how other area hospitals are doing.
Pittsburgh is a nice town with a low cost of living, etc. And I just consider myself extremely lucky that my interest and desire to become a nurse will allow me to stay in Pittsburgh because of our numerous nursing schools and health institutions. But if it weren't for that I'd been out of here a long time ago.
Just my 2 cents and really, I am a very nice, reasonable, and kind person who doesn't like confrontation, but just don't get me started on job opportunities in Pittsburgh. I feel my BP rising!