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Staff Development Resources

Regional Professional Associations and Organizations

Living in Pittsburgh offers various opportunities to connect with professionals in the same field and industry. You are highly encouraged to access your local network via the following membership-based organizations, many of which conduct networking events and professional development programs for individuals in and around Pittsburgh.

National Professional Associations and Organizations by Industry

Membership in professional associations and organizations is a great way to enhance your résumé and professional profile. The following compilation of over 300 associations and organizations contains a sampling of some of the membership opportunities available to anyone interested in pursuing professional development and networking opportunities on a broader scale. The list was adapted from an even more detailed list compiled by

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  • American Advertising Federation (AAF) is a leading professional organization that includes members across all disciplines and career levels in advertising.
  • American Marketing Association (AMA) strives to be the most relevant force and voice shaping marketing around the world, an essential community for marketers.
  • Association of National Advertisers (ANA) helps its members become more effective marketers, build stronger brands, and drive industry and societal change.
  • PROMAX is the global association for the entertainment marketing industry, representing thousands of people who create, market and distribute content in media.
  • Social Media Association (SMA) brings together the media community both online and offline in a non-competitive environment where members can learn, share and have fun together while informing, inspiring and empowering business through social, digital and future media.
  • National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) is a non-profit professional society dedicated to advancing the profession of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and the fostering of a diverse, collegial, and respected global community. 
  •  Society of Research Administrators International (SRAI) is the premier global research management society providing education, professional development and the latest comprehensive information about research management to professionals from over 40 countries.