The Mall of America. The Vikings. A Jucy Lucy. The Mighty Ducks.
No matter where your interests reside, each of the above is part of what has put Minneapolis on the map as a major American city. Recently, Minneapolis has also asserted itself as a powerhouse for both up-and-coming and established tech companies, and as such, tech professionals of all stripes are knocking on the door of the city’s major tech players to secure their next rewarding and lucrative career opportunity.
Though the State of Minnesota has largely been known for growth and innovation in the medical technology sphere (think the Mayo Clinic), the state is quickly making a name for itself in a variety of subsects in the tech industry—everything from sustainable agriculture analysis and reporting to retail and POS app and software development.
Minneapolis Tech by the Numbers
Numbers don’t lie, and according to a report from the Computer Technology Industry Association, Minnesota ranks number 5 in the country in the number of technology businesses created in 2019, which totals an economic impact of more than $31 billion annually.
You may be familiar with a couple of the heavy hitters in the Minneapolis tech scene: Best Buy, U.S. Bank, and Target. But a number of other tech companies call Minneapolis home and act as true disrupters and thought leaders.
For example, The Software Guild, located in the city’s revitalized downtown core, provides aspiring coders and web developers with an immersive, hands-on education and training experience to propel their tech careers to new heights. The Software Guild’s web development and coding bootcamps also provide critical networking, support, and job placement services. Plus, The Software Guild’s downtown location is within walking distance of a Twins game at Target Field, an art exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, or a concert at the historic First Avenue.
How’s that for a nice work–life balance?
Attractions aside, let’s take a quick look at a few of the tech movers and shakers that have transformed the city into a bastion for those looking to enter the tech industry and those looking to transform it entirely.
Founded in 1995, Magenic could be considered the OG of the Minneapolis tech scene, but that doesn’t mean its culture is antiquated or outdated. A self-proclaimed place for “inner nerds” to thrive, Magenic provides coders and developers with the training and resources to become truly exceptional professionals and to exhibit the highest levels of proficiency across a variety of disciplines.
Whether in cutting-edge endeavors like machine learning and AI, or more niche focuses like blockchain or AR/VR, Magenic has proven time and again to be a pioneering force in providing developers with a critical leg up in an ever-changing industry. Such core principles provide a solid foundation for a number of positions, such as:
- NET Engineers
- Senior Business Analysts
- Cloud Architects
- SQL Developers
A burgeoning tech company with an eye toward the financial sector, Nextek Development creates software solutions to help financial institutions streamline processes and workflows to achieve greater visibility and flexibility. With an emphasis on a productive work–life balance, one-to-one connection between the company’s talent and their clients, and a “get stuff done” work ethic, Nextek is giving financial professionals the tools they need to compete in a competitive, crowded, and (in these times) uncertain marketplace.
With more than 1,500 clients worldwide, Nextek’s software solutions include customer management, marketing automation, and client portals, essentially providing their customers with an end-to-end experience. Given this wide range of services, developers have several opportunities and avenues to deploy their talents and follow their passion.
Small, agile teams include:
- Software Designers
- UX Designers
- Business Analysts
- Software Analysts
Sure, we’ve all likely purchased a TV or computer from Best Buy, but did you know the company was originally founded in 1966 as an audio specialty store called Sound of Music? While the company has obviously undergone several seismic transformations since those early days, Best Buy is the largest specialty retailer of consumer electronics in the United States, which says a great deal about its sustainability in such a volatile marketplace.
Geek Squad commercials aside, Best Buy’s customer-facing web applications, mobile-enabled tracking for product shipping and delivery, and internal software for inventory and supply chain management make this monolith an attractive landing spot for developers at any stage of their career. Their commitment to their employees, an emphasis on giving back to the community, and desire to find the next “big thing” in tech and retail position Best Buy as a pillar in the annual Forbes 500 list, coming in at number 78 in 2018.
So much more than that store where you end up spending $100 more than you intended, Target (much like Best Buy) has revolutionized the way consumers purchase and receive products, and that disruption is only really possible via an ever-growing, talented team of web developers, designers, and coders. From the design and layout of its stores, the products sold on shelves, and the supply and value chain models, Target has prided itself on innovative technology solutions to prepare for the challenges of both today and tomorrow.
In addition, the company’s dedication to the Minneapolis area through various charitable and philanthropic efforts make the corporation a much beloved fixture of both the business and tech communities. Target’s continued progress in marketing, retail, financial, and supply chain technology and solutions make the Big Red Dot an ideal home for:
- Software Designers
- Software Analysts
- Web Developers
- Web Content Creators
- And so much more
Cliché as it sounds, a complex, global economy requires complex, global technology solutions to not only keep pace with markets, but to rise above other financial institutions as a true powerhouse. Enter U.S. Bank with its focus on employing today’s best web developers, designers, and software engineers and analysts to upend the apple cart on how a bank functions both internally and with its customers.
It’s sometimes easy to forget that banks are not a series of isolated ATMs or an app on your phone where you can check your account balance. Institutions like U.S. Bank work on a commercial level with global clients in a wide range of markets and industries. Such a varied, diverse portfolio of clients means the need for risk protection, fraud protection, detailed and real-time reporting capabilities, and streamlined communication between software, solutions, and individuals.
What does this mean for tech professionals? This means a host of sandboxes in which today’s leading developers can play, and a bevy of opportunities for web developers to experience new solutions, applications, and technologies under one roof. In short, if you’re looking for a place to spread your wings, corporations like U.S. Bank could indeed be a tech professional’s dream.
Are You Ready?
The Software Guild’s Minneapolis-based campus is an immersive web development bootcamp in the heart of the tech industry’s most innovative cities. Bootcamps like those for our .NET or Java suites provide students with hands-on learning, mentoring, job placement, and networking opportunities to discover the right career with the right company.
In addition, our introductory web development course provides a comprehensive look at the web development field to help students determine if this is the right career for them and how web development can help them achieve their career goals.