The state of Pennsylvania has one of the largest economies in the world. As of 2011, there were 22 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Pennsylvania, including leading pharmaceutical, energy, financial, health care and telecommunications companies.
According to the state government, business services--covering everything from finance to IT--is one of the top employment sectors in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's location on the East Cost offers access to a number of major markets, including New York, Washington D.C. and Boston, making it an attractive location for industries from finance to manufacturing.
Pennsylvania is also home to a number of top-notch schools, offering an educated workforce and attracting top employers to the state. In fact, Pennsylvania ranked eighth for education on CNBC's list of the Top States for Business in 2011 and seventh for technology and innovation.
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Offer Opportunities for Business School Graduates
Historic Philadelphia is a cultural hub that's home to the headquarters of major communications and insurance companies, including Comcast and Cigna. Pittsburgh, a metropolitan area of more than 2 million people, is home to Heinz and PPG, a major industrial manufacturer. Both cities can offer opportunities for graduates of business schools in Pennsylvania who want to work at major companies and live in exciting urban areas.