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
83 Social Services
8322 Individual and Family Services
832200 Individual and family services
83220000 Individual and family services
832201 Geriatric social service
83220100 Geriatric social service
83220101 Adult day care center
83220102 Old age assistance
83220103 Senior citizens' center or association
832202 Child related social services
83220200 Child related social services
83220201 Adoption services
83220202 Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
83220203 Child guidance agency
83220204 Childrens' aid society
83220205 Youth center
83220206 Youth self-help agency
832203 Emergency social services
83220300 Emergency social services
83220301 Crisis center
83220302 Crisis intervention center
83220303 Disaster service
83220304 Emergency shelters
83220305 First aid service
83220306 Hotline
83220307 Temporary relief service
832204 Rehabilitation services
83220400 Rehabilitation services
83220401 Offender rehabilitation agency
83220402 Offender self-help agency
83220403 Parole office
83220404 Probation office
832205 Family counseling services
83220500 Family counseling services
83220501 Family (marriage) counseling
83220502 Family location service
83220503 Family service agency
83220504 Homemakers' service
832206 General counseling services
83220600 General counseling services
83220601 Community center
83220602 Helping hand service (Big Brother, etc.)
83220603 Multi-service center
83220604 Neighborhood center
83220605 Outreach program
83220606 Public welfare center
83220607 Referral service for personal and social problems
83220608 Self-help organization, nec
83220609 Service league
83220610 Social service center
83220611 Social worker
83220612 Telephone counseling service
832207 Social services for the handicapped
83220700 Social services for the handicapped
83220701 Association for the handicapped
832208 Substance abuse counseling
83220800 Substance abuse counseling
83220801 Alcoholism counseling, nontreatment
83220802 Drug abuse counselor, nontreatment
832299 Individual and family services, nec
83229901 Meal delivery program
83229902 Refugee service
83229903 Settlement house
83229904 Travelers' aid
8331 Job Training and Related Services
833100 Job training and related services
83310000 Job training and related services
833101 Job training services
83310100 Job training services
83310101 Community service employment training program
83310102 Manpower training
83310103 Skill training center
83310104 Vocational training agency
83310105 Work experience center
833199 Job training and related services, nec
83319901 Job counseling
83319902 Sheltered workshop
83319903 Vocational rehabilitation agency
8351 Child Day Care Services
835100 Child day care services
83510000 Child day care services
835199 Child day care services, nec
83519901 Group day care center
83519902 Head Start center, except in conjunction with school
83519903 Montessori child development center
83519904 Nursery school
83519905 Preschool center
8361 Residential Care
836100 Residential care
83610000 Residential care
836101 Residential care for children
83610100 Residential care for children
83610101 Boys' towns
83610102 Children's boarding home
83610103 Children's home
83610104 Children's villages
83610105 Group foster home
83610106 Orphanage
836102 Juvenile correctional facilities
83610200 Juvenile correctional facilities
83610201 Halfway home for delinquents and offenders
83610202 Juvenile correctional home
83610203 Training school for delinquents
836103 Residential care for the handicapped
83610300 Residential care for the handicapped
83610301 Deaf or blind home
83610302 Mentally handicapped home
83610303 Physically handicapped home
83610304 Retarded home
836104 Geriatric residential care
83610400 Geriatric residential care
83610401 Aged home
83610402 Old soldiers' home
83610403 Rest home, with health care incidental
836199 Residential care, nec
83619901 Destitute home
83619902 Emotionally disturbed home
83619903 Halfway group home, persons with social or personal problems
83619904 Rehabilitation center, residential: health care incidental
83619905 Self-help group home
8399 Social Services, Nec
839900 Social services, nec
83990000 Social services, nec
839901 Community development groups
83990100 Community development groups
83990101 Community action agency
83990102 Community chest
83990103 Neighborhood development group
839999 Social services, nec, nec
83999901 Advocacy group
83999902 Antipoverty board
83999903 Council for social agency
83999904 Fund raising organization, non-fee basis
83999905 Health and welfare council
83999906 Health systems agency
83999907 Regional planning organization
83999908 Social change association
83999909 Social service information exchange
83999910 United Fund councils

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. )