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Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Occupations

The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) is a "standard for use by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the collection, analysis, and publication of statistical data related to the business economy of the U.S" (see Ask Dr. NAICS). "The Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sector comprises establishments that specialize in performing professional, scientific, and technical activities for others. These activities require a high degree of expertise and training. The establishments in this sector specialize according to expertise and provide these services to clients in a variety of industries and, in some cases, to households. Activities performed include: legal advice and representation; accounting, bookkeeping, and payroll services; architectural, engineering, and specialized design services; computer services; consulting services; research services; advertising services; photographic services; translation and interpretation services; veterinary services; and other professional, scientific, and technical services" (see 2007 NAICS definition).  O*Net Online provides information about occupations in each sector based on employment.

The AAG has compiled data on occupations related to geography by sector. Many occupations are found in more than one sector. Use the menu below or the navigation links to the left  to learn more about a specific occupation and explore your career options!