March 14, 2013
(Columbia, MD) — With recent news that employers added 236,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7%, a large turnout is anticipated for Howard Community College’s (HCC) Job Fair on Friday, March 15, in the Burrill Galleria on campus from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. The job fair also comes at a time when Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce reports that nearly 30% of Americans with associate’s degrees now make more than those with bachelor’s degrees. The job fair will draw Howard Community College students, as well as members of the public. Job seekers will be able to meet face-to-face with 43 employers representing various industries. The fair is sponsored by Howard Community College in cooperation with Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
Employers will be available to discuss employment opportunities, accept applications, and schedule interviews. Participants will be able to bring resumes for review by expert HCC career counselors. Employers in attendance will represent a variety of fields, including accounting, banking and finance; administrative support; computer and information systems; counseling, education, social work, and human services; customer service; engineering, science and technology; health services; law enforcement and security, fire and rescue; management and administration; military services; and more.
Following a current trend, health care job opportunities continue to top the list of best-paying jobs. This trend occurs at a time when Howard Community College’s nursing and allied health programs continue to grow and Maryland projects growth in health care fields. Earning a median of $65,000, registered nurses are among the highest-paying jobs and the fastest-growing jobs that require an associate’s degree. Nursing graduates at Howard Community College secure jobs at approximately 95%.
A recent statewide economic impact study confirms that HCC graduates contribute to the economic vitality of Howard County. The study reports the following: