Services Sector Description
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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
|NAICS||NAICS Industry Title||Industries within NAICS Group||Number of Workers|
|51||Information||Libraries, Publishing, Sound and Movie Recording, Wired and Wireless Communications||2,971,000|
|52||Finance and Insurance||Depository and Non-depository Credit, Insurance, Brokerages||6,786,000|
|53||Real Estate, Rental, Leasing||Real Estate Brokerages, Facility Leasing and Rental, Real Estate Management, Consumer Products and Equipment Rental||2,804,000|
|54||Professional, Scientific and Technical*||Drafting and Design, Law Offices, Accounting, Direct Mail, Marketing and Public Relations, Survey and Mapping, Engineering, Laboratories, Consulting||9,913,000|
|55||Management of Corporations and Entities||Corporate, Subsidiary, and Regional Offices; Bank Holding Companies||187,000|
|56||Administrative Support and Waste Management||Office, Business and Facility Support; Building Services; Travel Reservations; Investigation; Waste Collection, Treatment and Disposal; Employment Services||6,439,000|
|61||Education||Primary and Secondary Schools, Technical and other Colleges, Universities, Professional Schools, Educational Support||12,945,000|
|71||Arts, Entertainment and Recreations||Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, Museums, Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Amusement Parks, Gambling Industries, Historic Sites, and Nature Sites||3,022,000|
|72||Accommodations and Food Services||Hotels and Motels, RV Parks, Boarding Houses, Restaurants, Catering, Drinking Establishments||10,171,000|
|81||Other Services||Automobile and Machine Servicing and Repair; Giving Organizations; Religious Organizations; Social Clubs; Business, Professional, Labor, Political and Trade Organizations; Personal Care; Laundries; Private Households||7,168,000|
|92||Public Administration||Local, 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, http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat18.pdf , accessed 29 March 2013
- Page last reviewed: August 13, 2013 (archived document)
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director