Table 6-8
Leading types of employers among high-technology small businesses, by industry: 2006
Industry Employment
All industries 5,275 100.0
Service industries 3,599 68.2
Top six combined 3,085 58.5
Architectural, engineering, and related services 923 17.5
Computer systems design and related services 667 12.6
Management, scientific, and technical consulting services 637 12.1
Management of companies and enterprises 352 6.7
Professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers 311 5.9
Scientific research and development services 194 3.7
All others 514 9.7
Manufacturing 1,554 29.5
Top six combined 800 15.2
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 163 3.1
Metalworking machinery manufacturing 139 2.6
Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing 136 2.6
Other general purpose machinery manufacturing 135 2.6
Other fabricated metal product manufacturing 127 2.4
Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing 100 1.9
All others 754 14.3
Other 122 2.3

NOTES: Small businesses are firms with <500 employees. Firms include those reporting no employees on their payroll. Firm is an entity that is either a single location with no subsidiary or branches or is 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. High-technology small business employment is lower bound estimate because employment not available for a few industries due to data supression. Other includes agriculture, mining, and utilities.

SOURCES: Census Bureau, Statistics of U.S. Businesses,, accessed 1 June 2009; and Hecker DE. 2006. High-technology employment: A NAICS-based update. Monthly Labor Review 128(7):57–72,, accessed 1 June 2009.

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