An anonymous commenter on this post suggested that the Howard County Public System was the largest employer in the county. While the school system is certainly ONE of the largest employers, they are not THE largest. Howard County’s largest employer is by far Johns Hopkins. The hospital, which is part of the Johns Hopkins Health System, employs 1,720 people and the Applied Physics Lab in Fulton employs 4,300 people for a total of 6,020 employees. This does not even take into account people working for the School of Continuing Studies in Columbia Gateway or the Dorsey Center in Hanover.
The Howard County Public School System has approximately 4,500 employees.