Long-Term Care Industry in Central Minnesota


by Cameron Macht The aging trend that is being led by the baby boom generation will completely reshape the Central Minnesota region both demographically and economically. According to new projections from the Minnesota State Demographic Center, by 2030 the region will have nearly 200,000 people aged 65 years and over, accounting for almost 23 percent … Continue reading Long-Term Care Industry in Central Minnesota

Educational Services in Southeast Minnesota


by Brent Pearson Building a talented workforce with marketable skills for real-world employment begins with education. It is the building block on which a competitive workforce and strong economy are built. In Southeast Minnesota, 18,312 jobs in educational services accounted for more than $700 million in wages paid in 2011. Pick any national indicator and … Continue reading Educational Services in Southeast Minnesota

Massage Therapists: A Helping and Healing Career


by Rachel Vilsack Massage therapists provide a service to enhance the physical and mental well-being of their clients. Massage therapists work in an array of settings, both private and public, such as private offices, spas, hospitals and fitness centers.  Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to provide therapy services. Most massage … Continue reading Massage Therapists: A Helping and Healing Career

Requirements for Renewable Energy Certificate Programs


by Caleb Werth There are more than 400 training programs for green careers in Minnesota. As jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency continue to expand, national standards for certificate programs are emerging.   The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) credentialing program has developed a new Standard for assessment (IREC Standard 14732: 2012) of … Continue reading Requirements for Renewable Energy Certificate Programs

Good Job Prospects or On the Decline?


by Rachel Vilsack Last week, the Wall Street Journal created an interactive graphic of the 2012 jobs, which analyzed national unemployment rates for detailed occupations using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Which occupations had the highest and lowest unemployment rates last year?   Good Job Prospects The top 5 occupations with the lowest national unemployment … Continue reading Good Job Prospects or On the Decline?