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Maryland Computer Training Schools

Maryland has a vibrant, diverse technology industry, one with strong ties to the technology hub in Northern Virginia and close proximity to cutting-edge research universities. The state ranks 4th nationally for overall concentration of tech workers, according to CompTIA's report, 2015 Cyberstates. Major technology industries in the state include computer systems design (IT services), engineering services, cybersecurity, R&D and testing, telecommunications and measuring and control instruments manufacturing. In fact, data from Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development reveals the information technology sector accounts for $37.39 billion dollars annually, making the industry one of the state's most vital economic engines.

The state continues to attract new technology investments and companies, with 16 companies in the state making the 2014 Deloitte Technology 500, a list of the country's fastest growing technology companies. Some of those companies include the following:

  • Novavax, Inc. (Biotech & Pharma) - Gaithersburg
  • EngagePoints (Software) - Calverton
  • Millenial Media (Media & Entertainment) - Baltimore

Millenial Media is just one of many companies spearheading the technology revolution that's been occurring in Maryland during the past decade as the city shifts away from its blue-collar workforce built on the shipping and manufacturing businesses. With this transformation comes the need for a well-trained, skilled workforce -- evidenced by the 28.5 percent increase in job postings for technology-related positions in the state between 2013 and 2014 according to 2014 data from Projections Central.

Computer science education in Maryland

Prospective students considering a computer science education can select from more than 51 institutions across the state, at both undergraduate and graduate level. Major areas of study vary across a spectrum of computer science concentrations, such as information technology, database systems, network administration, Web development, cybersecurity, software development and more.

For example, at the two-year level, students can complete associate degree or certificate programs of study at schools including Carroll Community College, TESST College of Technology-Baltimore, Hagerstown Community College, Montgomery Community College, Prince George's Community College and more. Below are real-world example degree categories with program of study options at the two-year level from colleges in Maryland.

Web Design and Development

  • Associate of Applied Science in Web and Multimedia Technology
  • Certificate in Web and Multimedia Technology

Cybersecurity

  • Associate of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity
  • Certificate in Network Security

Information Systems Technology

  • Associate of Science in Computer Science
  • Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology
  • Certificate in Network Administration

For students interested in bachelor's or master's degree programs, Maryland is home to 31 universities -- public, private and for-profit -- that provide options at those levels. The University of Maryland in College Park anchors the public university system in Maryland and other examples of four-year public universities include Salisbury University, University of Baltimore, Towson University, Bowie State University and St. Mary's College of Maryland. For the prospective student desiring a private education at a smaller college or university, they may want to consider schools such as Capitol Technology University (843 students), Washington College (1,512), Washington Adventist University (1,185), or Mount St. Mary's University (2,240).

In 2013, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), more than 14,000 students earned a degree in computer and information sciences and support services fields of study. Below is a breakdown of degrees conferred by level of degree:

  • Bachelor's degree: 6,681
  • Master's degree: 5,355
  • Associate degree: 1,779
  • Doctoral degree: 219

A review of that graduation data revealed information science was the most commonly pursued area of academic interest, with 1,800 students completing a degree in the field in 2013. The table below outlines the five most popular fields of study based on total number of graduates.

Area of Interest

Associate

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Total

Information Science

-

950

836

14

1,800

Computer and Information Sciences, General

130

653

289

38

1,110

Computer and Information Systems Security

124

294

439

-

857

Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

204

28

77

-

309

Computer Science

-

188

56

12

256

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2013

Other popular fields of study at the bachelor's degree level in computer science include computer networks, cyber security, software development, digital media and information systems management. For master's degrees in computer science, students may also pursue study in areas such as data analytics, digital forensics, health informatics, cybersecurity, software engineering, database systems and more.

Computer science school spotlight

University of Maryland, College Park


Ranked #62 on U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Colleges (National Universities), the University of Maryland, College Park is a public university with more than 26,000 students. The computer science program is well-respected nationally and is currently fundraising for a new $150 million computer science building. Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus VR, provided a $31 million dollar donation to fund the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Innovation, while Michael Antonov, the company's chief software architect, contributed another $4 million for both scholarships and to support the new building.

Students can pursue both undergraduate and graduate educations in computer science at the university. The graduate program is highly-ranked nationally and the department has multimillion dollar research projects spanning every facet of computer science, such as artificial intelligence, distributed systems, machine learning, programming languages, software engineering, big data, computational algorithms and more. Program highlights include the following:

  • 50+ full-time faculty members
  • 2 National Academy of Engineering members
  • 100 percent of PhD students are fully funded by fellowships and assistantships
  • 230 master's and PhD students

Program recognition

The graduate program in computer science is ranked as the 15th best in the country by US News & World Report. Its individual graduate-level computer science programs are highly rated by US Newsas well: #16 - Artificial Intelligence; #13 - Programming Languages; and #13 - Systems. Additionally, the school's faculty and students have earned numerous individual accolades and awards, such as the following:

  • Ben Shneiderman - 2012 IEEE Career Visualization Award
  • Hana Samet - 2012 Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award
  • Nick Feamster - 2011 Google Focused Research Award
  • Mohammad Hajiaghayi - 2011 NSF Career Award

Tech industries and careers in Maryland

According to CompTIA, nearly 14,000 information technology businesses located in Maryland and the state continues to foster and attract new investment in the technology sector. Evidence of the state's business and technology friendly climate are the 26 informational technology companies that made the 2014 Inc. 5,000 -- a list of the fastest growing companies in the country.

  • #177 - Kamis: Located in Gaithersburg, Kamis is a technology recruiting firm.
  • #228 - Strategi Consulting: Located in Chevy Chase, Strategi Consulting provide IT strategy and data analytics consultation.
  • #271 -- Optimus Technology: Located in Columbia, Optimus Technology offers information technology solutions to both commercial businesses and government intelligence organizations.
  • #606 - Scepter Technologies: Located in Owings Mills, Scepter Technologies provides information technology development and consulting services.
  • #640 - Signature Consulting Group: Located in Windsor Mill, Signature Consulting Group offer ITservices in the healthcare sector.

The collective payroll of informational technology companies in Maryland reached $18.2 billion in 2014, according to CompTIA. That number translates to significant earning power for skilled and talented computer science graduates -- the average annual wage for individuals in the tech industry in the state was $101,849 in 2014 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, pay ranges by occupation, location, industry and experience.

The table below outlines some of the top paying technology careers in Maryland in 2014.

Occupation

2014 Average Salary

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$141,270

Computer Hardware Engineers

$117,730

Computer Network Architects

$114,530

Computer and Information Research Scientists

$113,380

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$96,500

Computer Systems Analysts

$91,990

Computer Network Support Specialists

$69,700

Computer User Support Specialists

$53,260

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland Occupational and Wage Estimates, May 2014

As for employment outlook, the future is bright for technology-related careers in Maryland. Between 2012 and 2022, the state is projected to add approximately 11,000 new technology-related positions to the economy. The fastest growing career fields include computer systems analysts (22.2 percent), computer user support specialists (21.1 percent), and computer and information research scientists (17.4 percent). Other quickly growing computer science career fields include the following:

  • Computer network architects: 16.2 percent
  • Computer and information systems managers: 14.8 percent
  • Network and computer systems administrators: 14.1 percent
  • Computer hardware engineers: 11.6 percent

CompTIA identifies the top the top job categories as software developers, computer user support specialists and telecom equipment installers and repairers. As noted above, several major computer science-related industries that employ more than 178,000 individuals across the state. The table below details the employment breakdown by sector.

Computer Science Sector

Total Employed

IT Services

68,800

Engineering Services

32,700

R&D & Testing

26,800

Telecommunications

14,800

Measuring & Control Instruments Manufacturing

12,200

Source: CompTIA, 2015 Cyberstates

Top metro employment centers for computer programmers in Maryland

Metropolitan Area

Total Employed

Baltimore-Towson, MD

2,780

Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division

1,660

Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV

50

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014

Sources

Maryland, Department of Business and Economic Development, Information Technology & Cybersecurity, http://business.maryland.gov/about/key-industries/it-and-cybersecurity

Deloitte, Deloitte Fast 500, https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/us-tmt-fast500-2014-ranking-list.pdf

MDBizNews, 15 Maryland Tech Companies Among Fastest Growing in North America, http://mdbiznews.business.maryland.gov/2013/11/15-maryland-tech-companies-among-fastest-growing-in-north-america/

CompTIA, 2015 Cyberstates, https://www.comptia.org/resources/2015-cyberstates

US News & World Review, Best Computer Science Schools, http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/university-of-maryland-college-park-163286

US News & World Report, University of Maryland, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/university-of-maryland-college-park-163286/overall-rankings

University of Maryland, Computer Science Department, https://www.cs.umd.edu

University of Maryland, Graduate Catalog, http://www.cs.umd.edu/grad/catalog

Projections Central, Maryland, http://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

U.D. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Maryland, May 2014 State Occupational and Wage Estimates, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_md.htm

Inc., 2014 5000, http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2014/state/md/

National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Data Center, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/CDS.aspx