The region around Aberdeen Proving Ground has rapidly transformed from a bedroom community to a major research and development employment center. This is rapidly changing the composition and educational requirements of the local workforce.
New jobs in northeastern Maryland are largely knowledge-based and with technical organizations and almost all of these new jobs will require a college degree and a security clearance.
The top technical employment opportunities for the region are:
- Information Technologist
- Software Engineer
- Systems Engineer
- Electronics/Electrical Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Computer (Cyber) Security
- Computer Scientist/Engineer
Additionally, there are many positions for acquisition professionals, logisticians, system engineers, technical assistants, program and financial management experts.
The Army Alliance sees the need to strengthen the technical education infrastructure around the APG region as one of its highest priorities for workforce development. This is an issue of national security; organizations at APG need ready access to a skilled and prepared workforce to fulfill their missions. The demand for scientists, engineers and support staff in northeastern Maryland will continue into the future; nearly half of the existing workforce at APG will be eligible to retire over the next five years.
The Army Alliance is advocating for a university research park in northeastern Maryland to anchor an economy that is increasingly based on research and development. Also, the Army Alliance is advocating for increased offering of university-level technical courses in northeastern Maryland to address the changing educational requirements of the region. This effort has resulted in two pieces of legislation before Maryland elected officials to consider the establishment of a Higher Education Advisory Board for northeastern Maryland.
The Army Alliance is also actively shaping the future of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics education at the K-12 level. It conducted a gap analysis and then supported an initiative jointly managed by Northeastern Maryland Technology Council and APG that brings together all sectors for quarterly “summits” to discuss the health of STEM education in the region.