Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

Targeted Industries

Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

St. Mary’s County can provide an advantage to UAS companies not found anywhere else:

  • Close to regulatory decision makers yet beyond Washington, D.C.’s airspace
  • Ideal flying and underwater testing conditions
  • Home to one-of-a-kind research and development facilities at NAS Patuxent River

The County is built to support companies in the unmanned and autonomous systems industry. Go from idea to market at the growing Airport Innovation District, where private industry, the State of Maryland, the University of Maryland, the County, and the US Navy are making substantial investments.

Quick Facts/Rankings:

  • Almost20%of workers are in UAS fields
  • Highest concentration ofUASworkers in DC region
  • TheMOSTaerospace engineers in the DC region
  • Highest percentage ofSTEMjobs in the country
  • Industry’s most common occupations:

    • Aerospace engineers
    • Aircraft mechanics & service technicians
    • Computer system analysts
    • Software developers
    • Electronics engineers

Notable Employers:

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