One of the smallest states geographically, Maryland is one of the wealthiest states in the country. The state has a long history dating back to colonial times with a strong political influence from nearby Washington, DC. Most of the citizens of Maryland live in DC suburbs or in the metropolitan Baltimore area.
More recently, Maryland has seen growth in Energy and Sustainability, Health and Life Sciences, Manufacturing and Production and general manufactoring fields. Each of those sectors require talented engineering professionals to keep them up and running.
Economically, Maryland is a diverse state with many different sectors across the state. For example, the maritime industry is particularly strong in legendary Chesapeake Bay, while white-collar, service industry jobs connected to the federal government, the Maryland state government, medical research, and engineering industries are found across the state.
The state has also put a lot of time and funding into there STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs and education.
Here is a list of some of the largest employers in Maryland that hire engineering professionals: Giant Food Inc., Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, MedStar Health, Black & Decker Corp., Verizon Inc., Northrop Grumman Corp., Constellation Energy Group Inc., McCormick & Co., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., United Parcel Service Inc., CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, W.R. Grace & Co., Sears, Roebuck & Co., International Business Machines Corp., and Micros Systems Inc.
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Engineering Education in Maryland
With political and military connections to the nation's capital, engineering degree programs and firms are found across the state of Maryland. In the state's community college system, there are 15 colleges that offer certificates or associate's programs, including at the largest college, Anne Arundel Community College.
At the state university level, Frostburg State University and Morgan State University offer bachelor's programs in engineering, with Morgan also offering graduate programs. The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland, all part of the University of Maryland system, also offer undergraduate programs in engineering.
Graduate engineering programs are offered at the University of Maryland, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland-University College. In addition, Towson University, a public university, offers a graduate program in engineering, though not an undergraduate program.
Private universities also offer engineering programs, with Loyola University Maryland offering an undergraduate program in engineering, and Capitol College and Johns Hopkins University offering undergraduate and graduate programs. Finally, the United States Military Academy in Annapolis provides academic programs in engineering for students enlisted in the Navy and the Marine Corps.
It is also recommended that you join a state association, such as the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers, to network with top professionals in your area as well as to stay updated on continuing education opportunities.
Outlook for Engineering Jobs in Maryland
Private and public research facilities, civil corporations, and commercial companies all provide Maryland residents engineering jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are 56,990 engineers, including architectures which are included in the BLS calculation, across Maryland.
The annual average salary of those calculated in May 2011 by the BLS equaled $85,850. The bottom tenth percentile of engineers in Maryland earned an average salary of $44,950, while the top tenth percentile of engineers in Maryland earned an average salary of $136,770.
The largest engineering sector in terms of employment in Maryland is civil engineering, with 6,370 workers employed in the state. Other popular engineering sectors in Maryland include mechanical engineering, with 4,800 workers, electrical engineering, with 4,000 workers, and aerospace engineering, with 3,310 workers.