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Every employer wants to hire employees with strong skills: technical skills, critical thinking skills, writing and speaking skills, and problem-solving skills. Maryland’s schools, colleges, and universities help Marylanders develop and improve these skills.

Although the primary purpose of the MLDSC is to provide information to assist policy makers, it also works to share information with the general public. Some of the information that the MLDSC develops is expected to be especially useful to employers, whether they are trying to address their own needs for new employees, discover training and continuing education opportunities for existing employees, or finding partnerships with schools and other organizations to address local community needs.

Here are some of the questions that are addressed by items on the site right now that might be of particular interest to employers. Click on the thumbnail to explore the questions in more detail.

  • What are the occupational areas with the most job openings and anticipated job growth, and how many people are graduating with postsecondary awards in those fields?

In the next few months, we plan to add dashboards that address questions like these:

  • How many individuals are both enrolled in school and employed, and what are their wages?
  • What are the wages of persons who graduate from community college, and how do they change in the first five years after graduation? What about persons who earn bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees?
  • What is the relationship between wage and employment status and degree fields?
  • What are the workforce outcomes for people who enroll in college but do not earn a degree?

As we collect more data over the next few years, we plan to add dashboards and reports to answer questions like these:

  • How many high school graduates in each school district go on to earn college degrees in critical needs fields, such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)?
  • What happens to students who complete Career Technical Education coursework?
  • What are the workforce outcomes for students who do not complete high school?
  • How do they differ from those students who go on to complete a GED diploma?
  • What are the effects of non-credit education on wages?

Click here to see a complete list of available dashboards and our current research agenda.

There is a lot of additional information about education and workforce available from other State agencies. These links will take you away from the MLDS Center site.

  • Click here for information about job seekers in all parts of Maryland, updated weekly.
  • Click here for information about degree programs offered by colleges and universities in Maryland.

We welcome suggestions about other ways that we might use our data to help meet the needs of employers.Click here to make suggestions and give us feedback.Thanks for visiting.