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.
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
- 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
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.
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