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When to Hire—or Not Hire—a Consultant: Getting Your Money's Worth from Consulting Relationships by Dave J. Orr, Linda M. Orr

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The Industry

The Growth of Consultants and the Consulting Industry

Consulting: If you’re not part of the solution, there is a lot of money to be made in prolonging the problem.

—Despair.com

Consulting is one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected in 2007 that employment in this industry would increase by 83 percent over the next decade.1 Also, salaries for the industry are among the highest paying of the groups that the BLS tracks. According to the U.S. government, there were 719,000 consultants in the United States in 2010, and the number of consultants is expected to grow to ...

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