Pittsburgh Technical Council

State of the Industry Report

State of the Industry Report
2017 State of the Industry

2017 State of the Industry

This year’s State of the Industry Report compares three years of data for each of six main technology industry clusters for 2015, the latest year for which complete data was available.

Tech industry growth trends in total annual payroll and average wage continue.

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Energy Technology in the Pittsburgh Region

Energy Technology in the Pittsburgh Region

When it comes to energy technology, Westinghouse put Pittsburgh on the map. In addition to pioneering countless technologies, including the application of alternating currents, the first fully electric range, the television cameras that made it possible to watch men land on the moon and revolutionary research in batteries and materials, Westinghouse technology made our nuclear Navy possible. In fact, Westinghouse has been responsible for 40 percent of the world's nuclear technology.

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Entertainment Technology in the Pittsburgh Region

Entertainment Technology in the Pittsburgh Region

Pittsburgh’s role in bringing technological advances to the entertainment industry is legendary. In 1905, the film industry was born in Pittsburgh when the “Nickelodeon” became the world’s first real movie theater. This early technology used carbide tanks to produce light and salt water to conduct the electric current, and a bag hung in front of the machine that caught the film after it ran through the projector. Spearheaded by Westinghouse, KDKA became the world’s first commercial radio station in 1920, and in 1954, WQED was the nation’s first public television station.

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MEMS Technology in the Pittsburgh Region

MEMS Technology in the Pittsburgh Region

Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) is a technology that combines computing abilities with tiny mechanical devices such as sensors, valves, gears, mirrors, and actuators embedded in semiconductor chips. The integrated circuits provide the “thinking” part of the device, while other components complement this intelligence with active control and perception. It is expected to be a foundational technology of the next decade, particularly as it is applied in the aerospace and life sciences industries.

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Robotics in the Pittsburgh Region

Robotics in the Pittsburgh Region

The worldwide robotics market is expected reach $30 billion by 2016. The lion’s share of that amount, $19 billion, will be carved out by personal and service robotics. The annual world market demand for industrial robots reached an all-time-high of about 168,000 units in 2013, and 207,000 units are expected to be shipped in 2015. With an average sales growth rate of six percent expected through 2016, there are more than 8.7 million operating robots in the world.

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