How to Quickly Find the Size of an Industry

This is the first of a brief series of emails to show you how to get the most out of the new Industry Analytics tool that is now available within Plunkett Research Online.

Let’s say you want to know the size of the natural gas utilities industry in the U.S., by revenues, and by employee count. While you’re at it, you’d like to see the projected growth of the industry.

First, within Plunkett Research Online, go to your targeted Industry Research Center. In this case, the Energy & Utilities center makes sense.

Click Industry Analytics.

Select the industry that you are interested in from the drop down menu, in this case select 221200 Natural Gas Utilities.

Then click on Industry Summary.

Now, with just a couple of clicks, you’ve gotten straight to the data you want: the most recent revenues for this industry ($111 billion) and the employee count (110,300). You’ve also found the projected yearly growth rate (0.79%) as well as projected revenues for the year 2021 ($126 billion).

By the way, the Industry Summary that you’ve generated includes convenient links to profiles of the industry’s leading companies.

While we’re at it, let’s find the number of firms in this industry. Click back to the Analytics page. Click Employment and Establishments.

Here you will find the number of gas utilities firms (445) and the number of offices/establishments (2,450) for the latest year, plus historical information. In addition, you will find average revenues per company ($119.3 million) and per employee ($771,880).

That’s the power of Plunkett Analytics at work! If you are a current subscriber, then please log in to to try out Analytics today!

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