Top Employers in the Baltimore Metro Area

Top employers

According to, Baltimore County as a whole (including the entire metro area), boasts about 21,000 business establishments, with private sector jobs making up a larger share of businesses than the remainder of Maryland. Baltimore is home to many manufacturing, research and development, federal government, health care, utilities, education, financial services jobs and features a number of fantastic employers.

With the emerging industries, proximity to Washington D.C. and top-notch business schools, Baltimore is a great place to not only to earn an MBA, but also get a job following graduation. What are some of the top employers that MBAs attending class at Carey Business School—Johns Hopkins University, University of Baltimore—Merrick School of Business, the Sellinger School of Business—Loyola University Maryland, the Robert H. Smith School of Business—University of Maryland and Perdue School of Business—Salisbury University can start looking forward to?

According to the Baltimore County’s largest employers report, the top 10 employers in the private sector are healthcare, education and finance related. Here’s a look at a handful of them:

Greater Baltimore Medical Center, hospital—3,900 employees:

Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) is located in Towson and serves more than 20,455 inpatient cases and approximately 52,000 emergency room visits annually. The hospital is owed by GBMC HealthCare, which is a private, not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Gilchrist Hospice Care, the largest not-for-profit hospice organization in Maryland.

One notable MBA at GBMC is JoAnn Z. Ioannou, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, senior vice president—patient care services and chief nursing officer, GBMC HealthCare. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Towson University, a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Villa Julie College and a masters of science in nursing and an MBA and doctorate of nursing practice degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

Towson University—full-time employees, 2,259; part-time, 1,217:

Towson’s 329-acre campus is located eight miles north of Baltimore and less than an hour away from Washington D.C. TU is also a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities and offers employment opportunities at all levels.

T. Rowe Price, financial services—3,050 employees; 1150 contractors:

According to its website, T. Rowe Price is an asset management firm focused on delivering global investment management excellence that investors can rely on. The firm has been in operation since 1937 and is headquartered in Baltimore.

Want to get a foot in the door at T. Rowe Price? Look into an internship. Full-time students enrolled in a master’s level program are eligible for a paid T. Rowe Price internship. Interns work on projects ranging from research and analysis and portfolio marketing to cyber-security and enterprise architecture and have an opportunity to be considered for full-time employment upon graduation.

CareFirst, healthcare services—2,200 employees:

According to its website, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is a not-for-profit, non-stock health services company that offers products and administrative services to individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and portions of Northern Virginia for 78 years. CareFirst is the parent company of CareFirst of Maryland, Inc., and Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc. CareFirst, Inc.

The Sellinger School of Business recently spoke with Michael Conti, ELMBA ‘11, who is now a strategic planning financial analyst, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield:

“In addition to the traditional coursework of an MBA, Loyola’s emerging leaders MBA program fosters ongoing discernment of natural talents and career aspirations through experiential learning. For me, this approach differentiates Loyola’s program from that of other schools and has proven to be significant to my graduate education.”

McCormick and Company Inc., spices and food flavorings—2,132 employees:

McCormick and Company is known for making some of the tastiest spices on the market. Based in Baltimore, founder Willoughby M. McCormick and three young workers started the company in a cellar and began selling their flavors and extracts door to door in 1889. Those humble beings are now in the rear view: In 2015, the company brought in $4.3 billion in sales with facilities in more than 50 locations in 26 countries.

While be may not have an MBA of his own, Alan Wilson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of McCormick and Company, was recognized as Business Leader of the Year by Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management—an honor bestowed annually to the best and brightest business leaders in the Baltimore metro area.

“Under Alan Wilson’s leadership, McCormick and Company has continued to grow its reputation and success as both a corporate anchor in Baltimore and a business that is respected internationally for product quality, innovation and dedication to its customers and the community,” said Karyl B. Leggio, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. “His commitment to excellence is something we value deeply at Loyola, and we as an institution, along with our students, are extraordinarily fortunate to remain strongly tied to a company of McCormick’s prestige.”


About the Author

Max Pulcini

Max Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.

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