Howard County, MD

What We Do

Howard Community College and the Howard Tech Council (HTC) will come together to train individuals for jobs in tech fields including computer science, information technology, cybersecurity, and computer forensics. Howard County’s TechHire initiative will leverage an apprenticeship model, whereby trainees can participate in on-the-job learning with the over 200 regional employers that participate in Howard Tech Council. By 2020, the Howard County TechHire initiative aims to train and place 800 individuals, with an emphasis on the long-term unemployed, minorities, and the military.

IT Labor Market Landscape

Below is a snapshot of the Howard County labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupation from 10/2/16 to 11/30/16.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)

Open IT Occupations


Concentrated Demand for IT

  • 30% Howard County, MD
  • 100% Nationwide

Top Skills

Baseline Skills

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Writing
  3. Troubleshooting
  4. Research
  5. Planning

Software and Programming Skills

  1. LINUX
  2. JAVA
  3. SQL
  4. Python
  5. UNIX

Top Occupations

Top 5 Occupations

  1. Software Developers, Applications
  2. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
  3. Information Security Analysts
  4. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  5. Computer Systems Analysts

Fastest Growing Occupations (2015 - 2020)

  1. Software Developers, Applications
  2. Computer Systems Analysts
  3. Web Developers
  4. Computer User Support Specialists
  5. Computer and Information Systems Managers

Community Partners

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