Table 6-10
U.S. high-technology microbusinesses, by number of firms and employment for selected industries: 2008
 
  Firms   Employment
High-technology Industry Number Industry share of firms (%)   Employees Industry share of employees (%)
 
All high-technology microbusinesses 325,447 100.0   465,162 100.0
All high-technology services 300,487 92.3   420,099 90.3
Management, scientific, and technical consulting services 111,965 34.4   138,337 29.7
Computer systems design and related services 80,670 24.8   107,524 23.1
Architectural, engineering, and related services 62,234 19.1   99,932 21.5
Professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers 13,301 4.1   23,786 5.1
Scientific research and development services 7,088 2.2   11,001 2.4
Data processing, hosting, and related services 4,598 1.4   6,883 1.5
Management of companies and enterprises 3,392 1.0   4,365 0.9
Software publishers 2,310 0.7   3,977 0.9
Wired telecommunications carriers 1,521 0.5   2,477 0.5
Wireless telecommunications carriers (except satellite) 717 0.2   1,245 0.3
Facilities support services 642 0.2   1,030 0.2
Satellite telecommunications 388 0.1   583 0.1
All high-technology manufacturing 19,682 6.0   36,515 7.8
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 2,600 0.8   5,306 1.1
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 2,032 0.6   3,759 0.8
Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing 1,640 0.5   3,036 0.7
Other general purpose machinery manufacturing 1,602 0.5   3,044 0.7
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 1,555 0.5   2,934 0.6
Industrial machinery manufacturing 1,118 0.3   2,189 0.5
Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing 1,098 0.3   1,982 0.4
Electrical equipment manufacturing 648 0.2   1,289 0.3
Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing 495 0.2   804 0.2
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 466 0.1   848 0.2
Communications equipment manufacturing 382 0.1   659 0.1
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 366 0.1   592 0.1
Audio and video equipment manufacturing 207 0.1   387 0.1
Resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers and filaments manufacturing 154 0.0   263 0.1
All other industries 5,278 1.6   8,548 1.8
Oil and gas extraction 4,545 1.4   7,433 1.6
Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution 342 0.1   547 0.1
 

NOTES: Microbusinesses are firms with fewer than five employees and include those reporting no employees on their payroll. Firm is an entity that is either a single location with no subsidiary or branches or topmost parent of a group of subsidiaries or branches. High-technology industries defined by Bureau of Labor Statistics on basis of employment intensity of technology-oriented occupations.

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Statistics of U.S. Businesses, http://www.census.gov/econ/susb/, accessed 15 March 2011; and Hecker DE. High-technology employment: A NAICS-based update, Monthly Labor Review 128(7):57–72 (2006), http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2005/07/art6full.pdf, accessed 15 March 2011.

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