The business services sector is the broad umbrella under which many industries fall, including information technology (IT), architecture, engineering, law, marketing, staffing, consulting, and facilities management. It’s a diverse sector that encompasses many different jobs, from administrative support and shipping to janitorial and waste management, as well as more complex roles such as a software engineer or an IT manager.
If you are interested in a career in business services, it’s important to consider the qualifications required for each position. Some jobs within this industry may only require a high school diploma, GED certificate, or vocational degree, while others, such as those related to accounting, may demand a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.
In addition, you must also consider the level of stress involved in the job, as some positions can be demanding and fast-paced. For example, if you are uncomfortable dealing with pressure and have limited interpersonal skills, you may want to look for a different career path.
While the demand for businesses that provide various business services is rising, it’s worth noting that, in difficult economic times, consumers usually cut back on services they see as unnecessary extras—for instance, they might stop getting oil changes or hire a dog walker instead of using an online pet service. That could affect the bottom line of a company that provides such services, particularly if it relies on customers to promote the company’s brand. The following table displays employment and unemployment statistics for the Professional and Business Services supersector.