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Workforce

Howard County’s talented workforce is ready to support a variety of high-level industry needs. According to the U.S. Census, the Baltimore-Washington region ranks among the most well educated metropolitan areas in America, with Howard County residents among the best educated in the country.

Employers also can attract employees from neighboring counties easily, due to Howard County’s network of major highways. In fact, a workforce of over 2 million people lives within a 30-mile radius of Howard County.

Looking for a job or looking for employees? Visit the Maryland Workforce Exchange.

Link to critical workforce development information:

Business Composition

The table below shows the distribution of industries in Howard County, Maryland for the 4th quarter, 2011. 

 

 

 

CALENDAR YEAR 2011

Industrys

Average
Number
of
Reporting
Units

Annual
Average
Employment

Total Wages

TOTAL EMPLOYMENT

9,057

151,066

 $8,840,228,248

       

GOVERNMENT SECTOR -- TOTAL

143

18,280

920,168,905

Federal Government

31

649

48,857,941

State Government

14

3,523

161,618,447

Local Government

98

14,108

709,692,517

       

PRIVATE SECTOR TOTAL -- ALL INDUSTRIES

8,914

132,786

7,920,059,343

GOODS-PRODUCING

1,140

16,703

1,095,670,794

Natural Resources and Mining

29

714

25,235,609

Construction

880

9,617

585,318,285

Manufacturing

231

6,372

485,116,900

SERVICE PROVIDING

7,772

116,083

6,824,388,549

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

1,725

31,325

1,521,012,175

Information

158

3,734

282,083,833

Financial Activities

860

8,791

675,344,237

Professional and Business Services

2,538

39,326

3,300,550,832

Education and Health Services

1,057

14,814

633,973,122

Leisure and Hospitality

668

13,384

249,639,242

Other Services

766

4,709

161,785,108

UNCLASSIFIED

2

0

0

For the most recent reports visit the DLLR website.

Employment Composition

The table below shows the distribution of occupations in Maryland (no data available for Howard County, Maryland) for the 2010 - 2020 time period. 

Rank Occupation Group 2010 Estimated Employmennt 2020 Projected Employment
1 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 405,256 434,207
2 Sales and Related Occupations 268,632 284,229
3 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations 197,693 221,028
4 Management Occupations 187,347 201,819
5 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 160,011 198,476
6 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 166,735 197,662
7 Education, Training, and Library Occupations 169,094 193,796
8 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 141,746 154,918
9 Construction and Extraction Occupations 136,326 149,250
10 Computer and Mathematical Occupations 108,960 134,223

Source: Labor Market Statistics, Occupational Employment Projections Unit
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/

Education: Howard County

The level of educational achievement in Howard County is very high and has increased significantly since 1990. While the Washington-Baltimore area offers a broad choice of job opportunities for this highly educated workforce, an increasing number of new companies also have opened their doors in Howard County, attracted by this growing workforce.

Howard County is home to leading college and university campuses, including Johns Hopkins UniversityLoyola CollegeUniversity of Maryland University CollegeHoward Community College and the University of Phoenix. With a broad choice of college and graduate-level educational opportunities, Howard County residents can find the ideal program to meet their specific needs and goals.

Education Level Bar Graph2

Percentage of residents 25+  High School Diploma or Higher  Bachelor Degree  Professional Degree 
United States  84.2% 27.2% 9.06%
Maryland  87.0% 34.5% 15.2%
Howard County  95.0% 57.8% 27.6%

 Source: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/                 

Wage Data

Here is a breakdown of the average weekly salaries per worker for the ten largest industry sectors in Howard County, based on number of employees, for the fourth quarter 2011.  

FOURTH QUARTER 2014

Industry Average Weekly 
Wage  Per Worker
TOTAL EMPLOYMENT

$1,244

   
GOVERNMENT SECTOR -- TOTAL

1,047

Federal Government 1,507
State Government 1,120
Local Government 1,019
   
PRIVATE SECTOR TOTAL -- ALL INDUSTRIES 1,268
GOODS-PRODUCING 1,348
Natural Resources and Mining 770
Construction 1,335
Manufacturing 1,388
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,256
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 1,094
Information 1,650
Financial Activities 1,519
Professional and Business Services 1,785
Education and Health Services 917
Leisure and Hospitality 398
Other Services 746
   

For the most recent reports please visit the DLLR website.

Doing Business Here

Howard County boasts a thriving and vibrant economy, which makes it the first choice for smart businesses looking to start or expand in the Mid-Atlantic. Add in its central location between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and you have a real win-win. Howard County also offers more than 70-million square feet of commercial space, providing businesses with the perfect location to do business.

Living Here

Howard County is continually ranked among the most affluent, advanced and educated communities in the United States. There is immediate access to leading educational and health care institutions, upscale retail, and outstanding recreation and entertainment.