Not all industries experienced a decline during the pandemic. Why? Consumer habits changed during 2020. The lifestyle suffered a compelling shift that affected each sector differently. The monetary global GDP loss in the best covid-19 scenario was USD 76.69 billion, and the forecasted GDP loss in the U.S. was -2.4%.
In 2021, vertical markets carried the lead with insurance, real estate, hospitals, heavy manufacturing, retail, and transportation organizations. According to the Global 2021 Forecast by Fortune 500, GDP growth was expected to accelerate up to 5.6% only this year. Despite the setbacks, the heft of the Global 500 remains formidable: The combined sales of the top 10 companies with the highest revenues in 2021 are equal to more than one-third of the global GDP of the same year.
But, what were the top 3 sectors with thriving revenues in 2021?
According to the Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) by the U.S. Census Bureau, these are the following industries with the highest reported revenues:
1. Software System, IT Services, Application The software industry has the highest revenue during 2021. The gross profit for the application software industry stands strong at USD 244.29 billion. This industry will continue to dominate with a net income of USD 81.3 billion and capital returns of 32.07%.
There is a subcategory in the software sector: The entertainment software industry primarily encompasses video-game companies, which we all know to be profitable. The entertainment software industry has a net income of USD 83.5 billion and an 18.32% return on capital investment, making it relevant to our revenue scale.
2. Computer services
The computer service sector is growing at exponential rates. With the increase in demand for computer services, tech companies are bound to generate large profits, contributing to a net income of USD 12.22 billion and a return of 21.92% on capital. It is anticipated that the industry will grow up to USD 20.05 billion in revenue for 2028.
Working from home has become a common practice for everyone; computers and their accessories have become more of a necessity than a luxury. As a result, the computer peripherals industry grows, accumulating more and more profits as time passes.
3. Healthcare & Life Sciences
The life sciences sector has played a pivotal role amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To cope with the global crisis, traditional competitors partnered to accelerate research. In addition, governments, health systems, payers, retail pharmacies, and nonprofits are now working collaboratively with the sector to provide widespread distribution and administration.
Global life science analytics was valued at USD 7.7 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8% from 2021 to 2028. Increasing penetration of analytics in the life science industry using reporting and descriptive analysis to build databases and predictive and prescriptive analysis to estimate future trends and outcomes are expected to drive the growth.
As essential and fundamental as it is, the healthcare support and services industry does not come as a surprise to see it make it to our list of the three most profitable industries in the world in 2021.
At ITJ, we know the industry’s rapid growth, and we are committed to pushing it even further through nearshoring. You can find more information about the nearshoring processes and the establishment of centers of excellence in 5 Reasons to Nearshore with ITJ.
Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
The drug industry is notorious for high-priced products as people realize their current needs plus a robust preventive line of biopharmaceutical medications. Currently, these companies employ approximately 5.5 million experts on the matter; as innovation in therapies reaches more countries, there are significant gains in mean life expectancy and quality of life.
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