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IBISWorld's Top 10 Most Profitable US Industries

Profit margins, as explained by Marisa Lifschutz, Senior Analyst and Team Lead for IBISWorld, are measured as earnings before interest and taxes as a share of total revenue. The 10 most profitable U.S. industries each have generating average margins above 35.0% of revenue. Access the list and discussion on each industry here.

IBISWorld produces and publishes online industry intelligence covering 98% of the US economy at the level where companies operate, including trends, market share, and industry growth rates.

Ready for Alumni Status?

Graduates of the Cox School of Business can convert to alumni status for lifetime access to the Business Library. Once you graduate you lose off-campus database access, and you will no longer be able to use resources marked Restricted (e.g., Bloomberg, Mintel). But you will be able to use most of the databases while in the library and have access to assistance from the librarians. You will receive a blue alumni card in the mail that you can bring for activation or we will provide one. Be sure to bring a picture ID (your SMU ID, if you still have it) as well.

More information is available on the Business Library alumni page where you can link to the SMU Libraries alumni page that includes off-campus access to a few databases and other web resources via the Online Resources for Alumni link.

Of course, you can always Ask a Business Librarian.

Your paper = Professional resume

You have been told that printing your resume on nice paper will help yours to get noticed. But you don’t want to have to pay the copy shop for all those copies. The Business Library is here to help you produce a resume that will stand out from the crowd and not break the bank.

  • Use the black and white resume printer in the Business Library.
    • Bring your own specialty resume grade paper.
    • No charge for printing.
    • Show your SMU ID to check out the Resume Printer placard at the Front Desk.
    • Use this printer for other specialty print jobs, such as card stock or envelopes, as well.

If you have questions or need assistance with using the resume printer, contact a Business Library staff member.