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As of September 2011, over 90 million people (nearly 70% of the U.S. workforce) were employed in the private Service sector. Also classified as Service employees, almost 15 million (over 10% of the U.S. workforce) worked specifically in Retail industries. Other large industries within the Service sector include Health (20 million), Professional (over 17 million), and Leisure services (over 13 million).
Locally, 81% of jobs in Racine and 89% of jobs in Kenosha-Lake County, IL are associated with some segment of the service sector. In the face of an economy in which manufacturing jobs in the U.S are in decline and being shipped overseas, Service sector jobs are expected to grow. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18 of the 20 fastest growth industries through 2018 are in the Services sector. Second only to registered nurses, retail sales are forecast to add over 700,000 new positions between 2010 and 2020.
The Retail Management Certificate is available to all Business majors and minors.
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"I just read about the Retail Management Certificate and I like it. There is a lack of options out there for students who are looking to further and gain skills in the world of retail, which is becoming highly competitive and more complex." David Lucas, Project Manager of Daily Operations, Stores Strategies & Business Solutions Department, Old Navy Headquarters San Francisco