SIC Codes - Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes

What is a SIC Code ?

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes are four digit numerical codes assigned by the U.S. government to business establishments to identify the primary business of the establishment. The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) is a system for classifying industries by a four-digit code. Established in the United States in 1937, it is used by government agencies to classify industry areas. The classification was developed to facilitate the collection, presentation and analysis of data; and to promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies and private organizations. The classification covers all economic activities.

The SIC system arrays the economy into 11 divisions, that are divided into 83 2-digit major groups, that are further subdivided into 416 3-digit industry groups, and finally disaggregated into 1,005 4-digit industries. In the United States the SIC code is being supplanted by the six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS code), which was released in 1997; however certain government departments and agencies, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), still use the SIC codes.

The SIC system is also used by agencies in other countries, e.g., by the United Kingdom's Companies House.

SIC Code Title
82 Educational Services
8211 Elementary and Secondary Schools
821100 Elementary and secondary schools
82110000 Elementary and secondary schools
821101 Catholic elementary and secondary schools
82110100 Catholic elementary and secondary schools
82110101 Catholic combined elementary and secondary school
82110102 Catholic elementary school
82110103 Catholic junior high school
82110104 Catholic senior high school
82110105 Catholic special education school
82110106 Catholic vocational/technical school
821102 Private elementary and secondary schools
82110200 Private elementary and secondary schools
82110201 Academy
82110202 Boarding school
82110203 Military academy
82110204 Preparatory school
82110205 Private combined elementary and secondary school
82110206 Private elementary school
82110207 Private junior high school
82110208 Private senior high school
82110209 Private special education school
82110210 Private vocational/technical school
821103 Public elementary and secondary schools
82110300 Public elementary and secondary schools
82110301 Public adult education school
82110302 Public combined elementary and secondary school
82110303 Public elementary school
82110304 Public junior high school
82110305 Public senior high school
82110306 Public special education school
82110307 Public vocational/technical school
821104 Specialty education
82110400 Specialty education
82110401 School for physically handicapped, nec
82110402 School for retarded, nec
821199 Elementary and secondary schools, nec
82119901 Elementary school, nec
82119902 Finishing school, secondary
82119903 High school, junior or senior, nec
82119904 Kindergarten
82119905 School board
82119906 Secondary school, nec
82119907 Sectarian school
82119908 Seminary
82119909 Vocational high school, nec
8221 Colleges and Universities
822100 Colleges and universities
82210000 Colleges and universities
822101 Colleges and universities
82210100 Colleges and universities
82210101 College, except junior
82210102 University
822102 Professional schools
82210200 Professional schools
82210201 Service academy
82210202 Theological seminary
8222 Junior Colleges
822200 Junior colleges
82220000 Junior colleges
822299 Junior colleges, nec
82229901 Community college
82229902 Junior college
82229903 Technical institute
8231 Libraries
823100 Libraries
82310000 Libraries
823101 Specialized libraries
82310100 Specialized libraries
82310101 Law library
82310102 Medical library
82310103 Religious library
823102 College and military post libraries
82310200 College and military post libraries
82310201 College or university library
82310202 Junior college library
82310203 Military post library
823103 General public libraries
82310300 General public libraries
82310301 Circulating library
82310302 Government library
82310303 Lending library
82310304 Public library
823104 Library services
82310400 Library services
82310401 Book rental
82310402 Documentation center
8243 Data Processing Schools
824300 Data processing schools
82430000 Data processing schools
824399 Data processing schools, nec
82439901 Operator training, computer
82439902 Repair training, computer
82439903 Software training, computer
8244 Business and Secretarial Schools
824400 Business and secretarial schools
82440000 Business and secretarial schools
824499 Business and secretarial schools, nec
82449901 Business college or school
82449902 Commercial school
82449903 Court reporting school
82449904 Secretarial school
8249 Vocational Schools, Nec
824900 Vocational schools, nec
82490000 Vocational schools, nec
824901 Trade school
82490100 Trade school
82490101 Construction operation school
82490102 Vocational apprentice training
824902 Business training services
82490200 Business training services
82490201 Banking school, training
82490202 Real estate and insurance school
824903 Medical training services
82490300 Medical training services
82490301 Medical and dental assistant school
82490302 Practical nursing school
824999 Vocational schools, nec, nec
82499901 Aviation school
82499902 Civil service training school
82499903 Commercial art school
82499904 Correspondence school
82499905 Restaurant operation school
82499906 Travel agent school
8299 Schools and Educational Services
829900 Schools and educational services, nec
82990000 Schools and educational services, nec
829901 Arts and crafts schools
82990100 Arts and crafts schools
82990101 Art school, except commercial
82990102 Ceramic school
82990103 Floral arrangement instruction
829902 Educational services
82990200 Educational services
82990201 Educational service, nondegree granting: continuing educ.
82990202 Tutoring school
829903 Music and drama schools
82990300 Music and drama schools
82990301 Dramatic school
82990302 Music school
82990303 Musical instrument lessons
82990304 Voice lessons
829904 Vehicle driving school
82990400 Vehicle driving school
82990401 Automobile driving instruction
82990402 Truck driving training
829905 Reading and speaking schools
82990500 Reading and speaking schools
82990501 Diction school
82990502 Language school
82990503 Public speaking school
82990504 Reading school, including speed reading
829999 Schools and educational services, nec, nec
82999901 Airline training
82999902 Bartending school
82999903 Baton instruction
82999904 Bible school
82999905 Cooking school
82999906 Dressmaking school
82999907 Finishing school, charm and modeling
82999908 Flying instruction
82999909 Hypnosis school
82999910 Meditation therapy
82999911 Personal development school
82999912 Prenatal instruction
82999913 Religious school
82999914 Self-defense and athletic instruction
82999915 Student exchange program
82999916 Survival school
82999917 Vocational counseling

What are SIC Codes used for?

  • The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) uses SIC codes when sorting company filings.
  • Companies that operate in a certain industry use a specific SIC code when filing with the SEC so that the type of business is properly identified.
  • Identifying government contracts by their SIC description.
  • To facilitate the collection, presentation, and analysis of data.
  • To promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies, and private organizations.

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Why are SIC Codes important?

  • Your SIC code is often asked for on various applications and forms.
  • SIC Codes organize industries utilizing a numerical system that defines a business according to its highest revenue source at a particular location.
  • SIC Codes allow the gathering and analysis of data quickly and efficiently.
  • By identifying your company’s SIC Code, eligibility for government contracts may be realized.
  • To identify competitors, public and private.

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How to Read a SIC Code ?

For Example :

Division 20-39 Manufacturing
Major Group 25 Furniture and Fixtures
Industry Group 25 Office Furniture
Industry 2521 Wood Office Furniture

The first two digits of the code identify the major industry group, the third digit identifies the industry group and the fourth digit identifies the industry.

( Note: The digit "9" is used in the third or fourth digit position of the classification code to designate miscellaneous industries not elsewhere classified (NEC). These miscellaneous classifications are not comprised of homogeneous primary activity groups. They are grouped together and treated as a separate industry in order to retain the homogeneity of the other industries in the group. )