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Title: Connecting the Jobs Data Dots

Toolkit helps job seekers, businesses

By Carol Brooks, Senior Workforce Analyst, Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

The data is in. According to the Jobs of the Future report, nine key industries drive 50 percent of Baltimore County’s employment, and will account for 75 percent of the County’s job growth through 2024.

Our local economy is vibrant, balanced by both stability and dynamic growth across a broad range of industry sectors:

  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • Financial Services
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Information Technology

Baltimore County’s jobs future looks bright over the next decade

More than 17,000 jobs are coming with the redevelopment of Sparrows Point. According to a 2016 study by Sage Policy Group, Tradepoint Atlantic’s redevelopment at Sparrows Point will create 10,000 direct jobs, and 7,000 indirect jobs by 2025, primarily in transportation, distribution and logistics.

With over 60,000 healthcare workers, Baltimore County’s healthcare industry generates $3 billion in worker income.  Baltimore County is home to more than 2,700 healthcare employers including five major medical centers.

Baltimore County serves as a major location for corporate headquarters and branch office operations, with a strong base of 4,500 professional and business services companies. Employment growth in the professional and business services sector has generally outpaced overall employment growth in the County and is expected to continue through 2024.

The Information Technology (IT) industry is the fastest growing of Baltimore County’s nine priority industries.  Overall employment in IT occupations increased by 46 percent (2001-2015) and is projected to increase by 19 percent through 2024.

The construction industry is one of Baltimore County’s leading industries – accounting for six percent of the County’s overall employment.  Although hit by the recession, construction is projected to continue to grow through 2024. Employment projections indicate a bright outlook, spurred by strong job growth from major construction and development projects throughout the Greater Baltimore region.

Baltimore County accounts for 14 percent of Maryland’s manufacturing jobs and is home to 36 percent of the Baltimore Region’s top 25 manufacturers.  More than 500 manufacturing employers benefit from Baltimore County’s strategic location and integrated supply chain with distribution networks.

Office and Administrative Support occupations account for 11 percent of all Baltimore County employment.  Support Service Occupations across all industries are critical to the daily operation, administration, and management of business, and can be an entry-point to any of the industries.

This is all great news for Baltimore County…but what does it all mean for the average job seeker? The recent graduate? A business owner who needs to hire and train their workforce?

Introducing the Job Connector Toolkit

Baltimore County has projected growth across its industries, but jobs have changed and there’s greater employer demand for advanced professional skills and technical credentials. The Baltimore County Job Connector Toolkit helps align anticipated business needs with the local workforce and education systems to build a skilled talent pipeline.

The toolkit features “at-a-glance” reference sheets highlighting economic and occupational data on nine targeted industry sectors.

Industry Overview   Key economic and labor market data on the local, regional and state levels.

Occupational Overview    A look at career clusters within each industry and summaries of in-demand occupations. 

Spotlight Jobs     Featured middle-skill jobs with projected high growth.

In-Demand Occupations    A detailed list of employment and wage data for leading entry- and middle-skill occupations within the industry.

“This toolkit serves to guide Baltimore County’s workforce system with a framework and resources to develop and sustain effective career pathways systems and programs,” said Will Anderson, director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development.                

Using the Job Connector Toolkit

Job Seekers

Job seekers need to keep their skills and credentials up-to-date to meet the demands of today’s employers. It’s equally important to understand local economic trends when researching opportunities that fit one’s career goals. Individuals at any career phase can use the Toolkit to identify how to translate knowledge and expertise into in-demand occupations in Baltimore County.

Workforce Professionals

Workforce and education professionals can use these resources to better assist students, adult-learners, job-seekers, and people making career transitions in making informed decisions about their employment and training goals. Using this data in tandem with comprehensive career counseling resources can give job seekers a competitive advantage and help them understand how to maximize their earning potential over the course of a career.

Employers

Identifying and closing skill gaps in the workforce means businesses can be more productive and competitive. Employers can use the data to understand current trends and the economic impact of Baltimore County’s business communities when considering starting, expanding or maintaining a business in Baltimore County.

With the Job Connector Toolkit, we can learn more about where job growth will occur in Baltimore County and how businesses, workers, and our overall economy can benefit from the jobs of the future.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017