Professional Organizations in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Since the recession, the industry has benefited from growth employment, which increases the potential pool of members for a range of organizations, as well as disposable income and corporate profit levels, which raises the propensity of employees or employers on behalf of employees to pay membership dues for industry services. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Professional Organizations industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Professional organizations will attempt to increase their online presence to reach young professionals

The Professional Organizations industry promotes the professional interests of members who share a common occupation. To this end, industry operators conduct research, sponsor certification standards, lobby government officials and publish materials for members, in addition to organizing seminars, conferences trade shows and other events to provide educational and networking opportunities. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Leah Goddard, “since the recession, the industry has benefited from growth employment, which increases the potential pool of members for a range of organizations, as well as disposable income and corporate profit levels, which raises the propensity of employees or employers on behalf of employees to pay membership dues for industry services.” For these reasons, industry revenue is projected to grow over the past five years.

Despite these upward trends, the industry has struggled with a number of challenges over the period. According to Marketing General Inc. (MGI)'s 2014 benchmarking report on membership associations, the average renewal rate for professional organizations is just 76.0%, indicating that much of industry growth comes from attracting new members, rather than retaining existing members. According to MGI's survey, individuals typically do not renew memberships with professional organizations when they do not feel involved in the association and could not justify the associated fees based on the benefits of membership. Since employers pay an estimated 33.0% of dues in full, membership renewal depends in part on the ability of companies to allocate funds towards the continued education of their employees.

In response to these challenges, professional organizations will need to adapt to demographic and technology trends to achieve stronger growth over the next five years. “Industry associations are seeking to attract and retain younger professionals, particularly as more workers of the baby boomer generation retire,” says Goddard. To better reach this demographic, professional organizations will increase their presence on social media while communicating their value to younger professionals. At the same time, declining unemployment and rising disposable income and corporate profit will increase the pool of potential members. Consequently, industry revenue is forecast to grow over the five years to 2019.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Professional Organizations in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

The Professional Organizations industry includes organizations that are primarily engaged in promoting the professional interest of their members and their profession as a whole. These organizations conduct research, develop statistics and certification standards, lobby or publish materials for members.

Industry Performance
Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle
Products & Markets
Supply Chain
Products & Services
Major Markets
Globalization & Trade
Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry
Major Companies
Operating Conditions
Capital Intensity
Key Statistics
Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

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