Professional Services Industry Overview Professional service jobs are a broad category of services that require special training in arts and sciences. Entry-level jobs in professional services are in accounting, bookkeeping, research architecture, engineering, counseling services and specialized design services. Recent college graduates will find entry-level professional service jobs to be instrumental in gaining the confidence in their area of expertise. For example, a research assistant could be in charge of data collection and analysis of a Professor’s funded research project. A beginning architect could be employed at an architecture firm, attend planning meetings with clients, assist other clients and eventually take on more responsibility.
A career in professional services involves working full-time, with overtime work closer to client-based deadlines. Common entry-level professional services titles include beginning architects, systems managers, software engineers and research assistants.
Professional Services Salaries The medium annual wage for accountants was $68,460 in 2015, according to BLS. The medium annual wage for architects was $50,430, for lawyers $118,120 and $81,320 for management analysts.