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Services Sector Description

The NORA Services Sector  grouping  covers over 66 million workers in North American Industry Classification System ( NAICS ) industries 51 – 56, 61, 71, 72, 81 and 92. The Table lists the major industry groups in the NORA Services Sector grouping for the 2012 Current Population Survey. The largest numbers of employees are in Education (13 million), Accommodations and Food (10 million), and Professional, Scientific and Technical (10 million), Finance and Insurance (7 million), Other Services (7 Million), Administrative Support and Waste Management (6 million), and Public Administration excluding military and public safety (4 million).

Jobs in the sector are highly diverse with many workers in office environments while others are outdoors and may travel between job-sites. Still others work in repair shops, publication houses, schools, restaurants, hotels and entertainment facilities. Many youth are first employed in services jobs, especially in Food Service and in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation. Yet other occupations require academic degrees and many jobs are physically demanding.

Major NAICS industries in the NIOSH Services sector

NAICSNAICS Industry TitleIndustries within NAICS GroupNumber of Workers
 51InformationLibraries, Publishing, Sound and Movie Recording, Wired and Wireless Communications2,971,000
 52Finance and InsuranceDepository and Non-depository Credit, Insurance, Brokerages6,786,000
 53Real Estate, Rental, LeasingReal Estate Brokerages, Facility Leasing and Rental, Real Estate Management, Consumer Products and Equipment Rental2,804,000
 54Professional, Scientific and Technical*Drafting and Design, Law Offices, Accounting, Direct Mail, Marketing and Public Relations, Survey and Mapping, Engineering, Laboratories, Consulting9,913,000
 55Management of Corporations and EntitiesCorporate, Subsidiary, and Regional Offices; Bank Holding Companies187,000
 56Administrative Support and Waste ManagementOffice, Business and Facility Support; Building Services; Travel Reservations; Investigation; Waste Collection, Treatment and Disposal; Employment Services6,439,000
 61EducationPrimary and Secondary Schools, Technical and other Colleges, Universities, Professional Schools, Educational Support12,945,000
 71Arts, Entertainment and RecreationsPerforming Arts, Spectator Sports, Museums, Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Amusement Parks, Gambling Industries, Historic Sites, and Nature Sites3,022,000
 72Accommodations and Food ServicesHotels and Motels, RV Parks, Boarding Houses, Restaurants, Catering, Drinking Establishments10,171,000
 81Other ServicesAutomobile and Machine Servicing and Repair; Giving Organizations; Religious Organizations; Social Clubs; Business, Professional, Labor, Political and Trade Organizations; Personal Care; Laundries; Private Households7,168,000
 92Public AdministrationLocal, State, and Federal Governments excluding Members of the Military (Public safety workers have been included in a separate NORA sector grouping.)4,027,000

*Veterinary Medicine is part of the NORA Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector

For more information about the Services sector, please see the  North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Web site  (Code 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 61, 71, 72, 82, and 92)

The Number of Workers is obtained from the 2012 Current Population Survey, , accessed 29 March 2013

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