Some of the most notable colleges in Maryland are the University of Maryland and Loyola University, but the real strength lies in that little branch of the military we call the Navy.
The United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis is often among the best four-year college in Maryland by earning potential, as graduates from here who move into the civilian workforce report a high median early career salary. USNA grads are also likely to earn a good salary after being in the workforce for at least 10 years.
If the military isn't quite your fit, Loyola University and Johns Hopkins University graduates also earn a median mid-career salary near $100,000.
Maryland Institute College of Art graduates usually start their careers with a low early career median salary. These graduates are also likely to earn the least after working for at least 10 years. And they frequently have the fewest graduates reporting that their work is meaningful.
By factoring in students who go on to earn graduate degrees, we see slight increases in salary across all measures across the board.
Over at Johns Hopkins, more than 60 percent of grads believe their jobs make the world a better place. Graduates of Annapolis report an "extremely satisfied" rating for job satisfaction -- sending them to bases all over the country, and even the world.
Fittingly, many graduates from Maryland's colleges go on to work in careers in the Aerospace and Defense, Energy and Sustainability, Life Sciences, IT and Cybersecurity, and Manufacturing industries. Who knows what project you could be working on next.