Administrative and Support Services
Industries in the administrative and support services subsector include establishments engaging in activities that support the day-to-day operations of other organizations. The processes employed in this sector (such as general management, personnel administration, clerical activities, cleaning activities) are often integral to establishments found in all sectors of the economy.
The establishments classified in this subsector have specialized in one or more of these activities and can, therefore, provide services to clients in a variety of industries and, in some cases, to households. Many of the activities performed in this subsector are ongoing routine support functions that all businesses and organizations must do and that they have traditionally done for themselves. Recent trends, however, are to contract or purchase such services from businesses that specialize in such activities and can, therefore, provide the services more efficiently.
The industries in this subsector cannot be viewed as strictly ''support.'' For example, the travel arrangement and reservation services industry group includes travel agents, tour operators, and providers of other travel arrangement services (such as hotel and restaurant reservations and arranging the purchase of tickets) and serves many types of clients, including individual consumers.