1st in concentration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) professionals

1st in concentration of computer scientists

3rd in percentage of professional, technical workers

3rd in concentration of aerospace engineers


9,020 aerospace, defense establishments

15 of the top 20 aerospace & defense companies

Aerospace employment
91,000 private sector
41,000 public sector
Industry strengths
Space exploration, satellite technology
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS)
University of Maryland (UMD) UAS Test Site
Army Research Lab
Military aircraft
Naval Air Station Patuxent River
Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington
350 research centers
60+ federal agencies 
57 universities and colleges
20 military installations


Maryland Defense Network

Promotes state’s defense industry supply chain
Research & development (R&D)
1st in R&D federal obligations: $16.8 billion