10 Most Profitable Industries

March 21, 2011

Of course, an industry or company might be fast-growing but what’s really important is if it is profitable. According to Sageworks, as expected, industries relating to construction suffered the most in 2010. The most profitable were accountants, lawyers, and healthcare professionals Ñ they celebrated double-digit profit margins. Some of the more surprising success stories last year centered around funeral homes and child day-care services. The Sageworks list of the top 10 most profitable industries in 2010:

2010’s Most Profitable Industries

Industry Net Profit Margin
% Change
% Change
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 18.36% 0.15%
Dentists 17.04% 7.56%
Lawyers 16.75% 4.60%
Chiropractors, Optometrists 16.14% 7.25%
Portfolio Managers, Investment Advisors 16.11% 0.33%
Physicians 13.24% 5.26%
Outpatient Care Centers 12.10% 8.76%
Death Care Services 11.87% 4.93%
Photographers, Translators 11.55% 2.57%
Child Day-Care Services 10.43% 3.31%

Source: www.sageworksinc.com

Topics Profit Loss

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