A professional service is an intangible product that a contractor or product vendor sells to help a customer manage a specific part of their business. Because professional service providers have specialized knowledge about niche areas of interest, such as law, marketing or accounting, they allow the customer to focus on core business concerns. Unlike a consultant, who may only be responsible for providing advice, a professional service provider may also be responsible for the end result of the services provided.
260 people work in professional, scientific and technical services in Columbia Valley (2018). The sector is the 6th fastest growing economic sector in the valley (of 20 economic sectors), with 36% growth between 2011 and 2018.