Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region is a hot spot for STEM jobs. The Washington, DC/Baltimore corridor has the second-highest concentration of STEM jobs in the country with more than one million jobs in growing fields such as biohealth, IT, and cybersecurity.
Maryland’s highly educated workforce provides the brainpower that these companies need to be successful. No other state has more bioscience professionals per capita, and many are trained here in our 70+ universities and unmatched research institutions such as the National Institutes of Health. Maryland ranks second in percentage of PhD scientists and engineers, as well as professional and technical workers.
And, yet, we are struggling to produce graduates who are prepared for STEM careers: in the US, job postings outnumber qualified STEM workers nearly two to one. To maintain and grow our region’s STEM companies, there is a critical need to recruit students to fill the growing number innovative career opportunities.
Showcasing STEM Careers
Our curriculum allows students of all ages – including adult learners – to explore STEM careers in Maryland and across our region. Each of MdBio’s mobile education programs include a STEM careers component, providing students with resources to understand their career opportunities regardless of whether they intend to study STEM in college or go directly into a technical job.
The Young Science Explorers Program (YSEP) offers rising seventh and eighth grade students a first-hand look at STEM jobs through field trips. We reach unemployed and underemployed adults through our partnership with the Maryland Tech Connection, and educate the public about STEM careers in Maryland at public outreach events.