- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
- Management of Companies and Enterprises
- Administrative and Support Services
- Waste Management and Remediation Services
- Educational Services
Professional services are infrequent, technical, or unique functions performed by independent contractors or consultants whose occupation is the rendering of such services. While not limited to individuals holding professional licenses, the services are considered “professional” and the contract may run to partnerships, firms, or corporations as well as to individuals.
Examples of professional services contracts include: accountants, actuaries, appraisers, archaeologists, architects, attorneys, brokerage firms, business consultants, business development managers, engineers, law firms, physicians, performing artists, pet groomers, public relations professionals, recruiters, researchers, and real estate brokers.
The selection of an independent contractor or consultant providing professional services is usually based on skill, knowledge, reputation, ethics, and creativity. Price for services may be a secondary factor in the selection. Defining independent contractors or consultants as professional suggests that they do not derive any financial benefit from service or product providers that are recommended in the consulting engagement.
An emerging high-profile service is waste management. This includes the collection, transport, processing, recycling or disposal of waste materials. Waste management is also carried out to recover resources from it. Waste management can involve solid, liquid, gaseous or radioactive substances, with different methods and fields of expertise for each.
New professional services are emerging within the alternative energy sector. Waste management organizations in particular have an opportunity to capitalize on their access to feedstock, source organic material – and recycling opportunities.
*The process of extracting value from waste is generally referred to as recycling. There are a number of methods to do this. The raw materials may be extracted and reprocessed, or the calorific content may be converted to syngas and electricity.