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Ready to ditch your crummy cube and pink-slip worries for something better? Consider these high-flying companies that aren’t just surviving, but thriving.

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We may have suffered through an ice-cold economy for more than two years, but the job market is finally beginning to thaw. And for some industries, there isn’t just a slight warming: White-hot growth is fueling the need for new (and well-paid) workers. After talking to experts in industry, government, and education, we unearthed eight sectors of the economy that are expected to see significant growth over the next decade. What’s more, we found more than 30 Minnesota companies of all sizes that will help lead the way, with growth and great perks. Want a job that’ll last? Use the next few pages as your career guide.

So you like telling people what to do…

Choose: Consulting

Companies that want to work more productively and profitably hire consultants to help improve their performance. So perhaps it’s no surprise that consultants are expected to be in high demand over the next decade: Employment management and technical-consulting service jobs are forecast to grow by more than 60 percent. It’s a lucrative gig, too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median wages can go well beyond $80,000, not including profit-sharing and performance bonuses. Send your resumé to:

BI Consulting Group

BI Consulting is a small firm with a big impact. With just 35 employees at its Eagan headquarters (along with a couple dozen others in the United States), the company provides services focused on Oracle software and support, with a client list that ranges from Abercrombie & Fitch to UPS. The company’s ever-expanding roster of customers is expected to fuel growth of 20 percent annually over the next five years. And how’s this for a company perk? The annual team-building work for all employees occurs not in stuffy conference rooms, but in warm-weather locales like Cancun. biconsultinggroup.com


Accenture’s enormous consulting and technology workforce (200,000 employees worldwide, including 1,500 in its Minneapolis office) means that workers can pursue varied and meaningful career paths without ever leaving the company. Accenture, which has consulting expertise in both management and technology, continues to grow—with some 200 Minnesota hires during the 2010 fiscal year and more to come—and employees enjoy flexible work schedules, maternity and paternity leave, adoption assistance, and even sabbatical options, making it a particularly family-friendly option. accenture.com


Deloitte's broad collection of accounting and consulting services has helped the company weather difficult times well—and adding to the 737 employees in its Minneapolis office has helped it stay poised for future growth. Beyond a generous benefits package, perks include a family resource center to help workers with children or aging parents, sabbatical programs, and a unique “workplace of the future” office design. Plus, proving you really can be all things to all people, the company has earned numerous awards over the years as a great company for young workers, women, and employees with diverse backgrounds. deloitte.com

RBA Consulting

This Wayzata-based technology-and-consulting-services company is one of the fastest-growing small companies in the state, and its ambitions are lofty: The company plans to double its 110-strong Minnesota workforce over the next three years. The firm’s workers stay sharp with plenty of professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement, and Minnesota employees and their spouses can earn credits to take family vacations at a northern Minnesota lodge. Top performers can snare ownership shares—which, if the company’s fortunes continue to skyrocket, could earn them a pretty penny. rbaconsulting.com

So you want to help others age gracefully...

Choose: Eldercare

Thanks to the rapidly graying Baby Boomer generation, America will soon be swimming in seniors. And those new elders will need a full menu of services. But you don’t have to wait for the Boomers to age to find a job. Today’s demand is high and the benefits are many: Salaries range from nursing assistants earning $13 to $19 an hour to occupational therapists and geriatric nurses that net annual salaries close to $75,000. Program administrators and directors can expect even more. Send your resumé to:

Presbyterian Homes & Services

With 4,400 employees and 30 locations in Minnesota, Presbyterian Homes and Services offers a vast array of care options for the state’s growing senior population, from senior-living facilities and home-care programs to the metro area’s Meals on Wheels program. All Presbyterian Homes employees receive healthcare and retirement-savings assistance, and financial assistance for occupational certification and college-degree programs is also available to workers. In the next five years, a spokesperson says, the company plans to hire some 1,500 new employees. Is this the place to spend the Golden Years of your career? preshomes.org


In anticipation of baby boomers retiring, Ebenezer, a partner with Fairview Health Services, is planning to build 12 new senior developments in the next five years. According to Tom Roycraft, a marketing and public-relations manager, this growth spurt means that Ebenezer will add hundreds of new employees to their existing workforce of 1,200. Jobs will range from caregivers to housing managers, activities coordinators, and more. fairviewebenezer.org


Caring for others is at the core of Ecumen, a nearly 150-year-old organization focused on providing housing and independent-living services for seniors in the Midwest. Ecumen’s 3,600 Minnesota employees are eligible for many benefits, including a caregiver leave program that provides PTO for employees who must care for a family member with a serious medical problem. Hiring is predicted to remain strong in the next half-decade, particularly in at-home care and housing services. ecumen.org

Crystal Care

In the recent past, family members started looking for a suitable place where you could spend the rest of your life once you reached a certain age. Not so much anymore. Research shows that more and more elders are spending their final years in their own homes. Making this arrangement work in an age of two-career families means that the demand for homecare services has never been higher. Crystal Care, a Richfield-based homecare service agency with 1,125 employees, is on the cutting edge of this trend. Salaries range from $10 to $15 an hour for homemakers and companions to annual salaries of $60,000 to $80,000 for RNs and $70,000 to $90,000 for therapists. cchhs.com

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Mar 7, 2011 03:42 pm
 Posted by  hdvroom

Really? I can't believe that you listed Medtronic in your Feb edition as one of the high-flying companies that aren’t just surviving, but thriving when this Feb they announced a layoff. Doesn't seem that this article has a finger on the pulse of MN companies...disappointing to say the least.

Apr 1, 2011 01:24 pm
 Posted by  MichelleASiebert

Also, be sure to check out www.Avtex.com if you want to get on the fast-track with a market-leading IT solutions provider.

Jul 19, 2011 04:21 pm
 Posted by  mwilli

Make sure you check out mentormate.com for another great twin cities based IT solutions company. It has expertise in web development, mobile application development, and business software development.

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