Working in Maryland

Working in Maryland

Maryland, also known as the Free State, is a wonderful place to live and work. Located on the Chesapeake Bay, government, tourism, and trade industries thrive in the region.

Fortunately, the unemployment rate in Maryland remained below the national average as the U.S. went into the deep recession in 2008. Currently, the unemployment rate hovers around 6.5 percent.

In addition to the sectors mentioned above, with the consistently-ranked, number one healthcare institution, Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) and the esteemed University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and its incomparable Shock Trauma unit, both located in Baltimore, healthcare jobs and educational opportunities continue to grow rapidly. Wages in healthcare reflect the quality and are continually above the national average.

Annapolis, located in Anne Arundel county, is the state capital, the United States sailing capital and home to the Naval Academy. Average wages are in Anne Arundel are among the highest in the state.

Public sector

Only 30 minutes outside of the Washington, D.C., federal, state and local government positions are plentiful for Baltimoreans and Annapolitans when there are balanced or surplus budgets. The Social Security Administration is headquartered in Baltimore and is a major public employer.

Because Maryland has such a high volume of public sector jobs, employment tides swing with government fiscal health. However, a positive effect of close proximity to Washington is the amount of temporary and contract openings available when permanent positions are budget cut casualties.

At the recession's peak, many Marylanders benefited from the thousands of short-term job openings created due to the timing of the national census. This was a large factor in keeping unemployment lower than the national average.

Maryland has a relatively stable fiscal status. Although the state capital is Annapolis, many state administration jobs are located in Baltimore.

Private sector

As the U.S. sailing capital and Naval Academy home, tourism in Annapolis is a considerable focus. The Naval Academy has a substantial civilian workforce designed to support officer development as well as maintain the Academy's ancillary functions in public relations, sports, and historical documentation as global goodwill ambassadors.

Likewise, Baltimore's harbor offers an array of opportunity in import and export businesses, transportation, and visitor services. Tourism has played a significant role in the increasing hospitality workforce. Hosting major events such as the Baltimore Grand Prix, the annual Preakness Stakes, and the three-year War of 1812 celebration, Department of Labor and Licensing (DLLR) predicts millions of visitors will flock to Baltimore's Inner Harbor and surrounding areas over the next few years.

Given the aging population, the aforementioned medical institutions make healthcare a rapid growth sector. While UMMS is a public entity, graduates UMMS and JHHS medical school graduates tend to stay in the area to set up private practice.

JHHS and UMMS are world renowned for their research facilities as well. Lab technicians, radiologists, and educators are among countless medical workers in great demand. The DLLR is committed to safe work environments. All workplaces are smoke-free including restaurants and bars.

Public transportation is heavily relied upon downtown Baltimore. Buses, light-rail, and metro systems are part of a reliable network.

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