University of Maryland Baltimore County

Job opportunities abound for technology graduates in Baltimore

Job search website ZipRecruiter recently analysed the eight million technology jobs available in the United States. With this data they ranked the top 20 cities where the numbers of available technology jobs are growing the fastest. They found that in recent years, available engineering, software, and IT jobs on the west coast have been declining due to excessive competition. However, at the same time several new technology job clusters have appeared around the United States – and Baltimore ranks as number 10 in the country for employment opportunities in the sector. This information proves useful for University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) graduate students hoping to stay in the city after completing their qualification.

“The tech industry is no longer bound to the coast”, said ZipRecruiter’s Chief Economic Adviser, Cathy Barrera. “As a result, we’re seeing the tech industry expand out of the major metropolis area and into smaller regional cities that have since flown largely under the radar”.

In Baltimore, the top five technology-based position titles are Project Manager, Software Engineer, Network Engineer, System Administrator and Software Developer.  The overall growth in technology jobs was 109 percent last year and the mid-career (5 to 10 years’ experience) median salary is US$105,000. Students with only a bachelor’s degree usually make around US$62,500.

In 2016, the average starting salary of graduating students holding a UMBC master’s degree was US$85,499 and 90 percent of students were working in a career related to their degree within six months of graduating.  These extraordinary employment statistics are results of UMBC’s emphasis on in-class practical experience, hiring faculty with an incredible knowledge of industry, and providing students with opportunities to complete internships.

To find out more about studying at UMBC, please contact Paul Venghaus at paulv@umbc.edu.