Pennsylvania is home to some of America's most significant historical spots: the signing of the Declaration of Independence, for example, and Gettysburg, the Civil War battleground that is now a national park. It's fitting that a state with so much to learn about also has plenty of opportunities for education. The University of Pennsylvania has more than a dozen campus locations throughout the state, while Penn State also offers numerous campus sites including the well-known State College, home to the Nittany Lions. Other postsecondary public school institutions exist, particularly in Pittsburgh, the second-largest city in the state (following Philadelphia), and in Harrisburg, the state's capital. In their off-time, students should find plenty to do in Pennsylvania: They can explore any of the 100-plus state parks, catch a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game, create their own "Rocky" moment by running up the stairs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art or head over to Punxsutawney come Groundhog Day to see whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow.
Establishing your career with a Pennsylvania college degree
Computer fields are expected to be some of the most promising in terms of occupational growth in the state. Opportunities for network systems and data communications specialists are predicted to grow by more than 27 percent--growth considered faster than average by the Bureau of Labor Statistics--during the 2008 to 2018 decade. Occupations for computer software engineers are also expected to see considerable growth from 18 to 26 percent. Other fields that require a bachelor's degree that are predicted to see high growth in upcoming years include those for computer systems analysts as well as postsecondary teachers. The state is also home to 23 Fortune 500 companies including Comcast, Erie Insurance Group and Rite Aid.
Mean annual wages for workers in some of these fields were, according to 2010 BLS data:
You'll find a number of colleges and careers that you can explore in Pennsylvania. More than $30 billion in Recovery Act funds are headed into Pennsylvania with $5.9 billion of that going toward the workforce and $3 billion going toward education, according to the state website page. With that being said, an education could be your 'key' to finding a growing career in Pennsylvania.
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