NORA Services Sector Council
The final version of the National Occupational Research Agenda for Services is now available. Thank you to all who provided input. You can read it here.
The NORA Services Sector is a highly diverse sector with over 72 million U.S. workers distributed across 11 major NAICS industry groups. It ranges from teachers to hotel housekeepers, movie producers to librarians, bank tellers to restaurant cooks, among many other occupations. The work accomplished by these workers, day after day, is even more diverse. While we can celebrate their contributions to the well-being of all of us, we know that some jobs and tasks have inherent risks. An important priority for the Sector is to address needs of workers who experience disproportionate incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses, such as temporary and contingent workers. Other important issues that cut across much of the services industry include occupational stress, hearing loss, and musculoskeletal disorders. Finally, while many can easily recognize the potential for workplace violence in banks and among public safety workers, the risk for homicide is great for workers in the restaurant, hotel, automotive repair, and laundry industries.