ERIC Number: ED351971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
What is the Service Sector?
Research Briefs, v3 n4 p1-12 1992
This research brief reviews the literature concerning recent trends in the service-producing sector of the economy and to speculate on the implications for higher education. An opening section offers highlights noting key facts and statistics and a general profile of service-producing industries. The first of three sections describes some of the major industries within the service-producing sector such as health services, business services, educational services, legal services, and social services. The second section describes government as a portion of the service-industry noting that in the 1980s federal responsibilities were transferred to state and localities, and that government is the third-largest employer within the service-producing sector. The third section looks at the general characteristics of the service-producing industries and covers areas of growth and characteristics of employment. A side bar section offers brief profiles of other large service industries: transportation, communication and utilities, retail and wholesale trade, and finance, insurance, and real estate. A final section reflects on implications for society as a whole and higher education in particular. Fifteen references are listed. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Communications, Economic Change, Economic Development, Federal Government, Financial Services, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Health Services, Higher Education, Industrial Structure, Legal Aid, Local Government, Medical Services, Minority Groups, Professional Services, Service Occupations, Service Workers, Services, State Government
American Council of Education, One Dupont Circle, Washington, DC 20036 (Individual copies, $10; Subscription, $55 per year).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Policy Analysis and Research.