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
94 Administration of Human Resource Programs
9411 Administration of Educational Programs
941100 Administration of educational programs
94110000 Administration of educational programs
941104 Administration of educational programs, level of government
94110400 Administration of educational programs, level of government
94110401 Administration of educational programs, Federal government
94110402 Administration of educational programs, State government
94110403 Administration of educational programs, County government
94110404 Administration of educational programs, Local government
941199 Administration of educational programs, nec
94119901 County supervisor of education, except school board
94119902 Education office, nonoperating
94119903 Education statistics center, government
94119904 State education department
94119905 Teacher certification bureau
9431 Administration of Public Health Programs
943100 Administration of public health programs
94310000 Administration of public health programs
943104 Administration of public health programs, level of government
94310400 Administration of public health programs, level of government
94310401 Administration of public health programs, Federal government
94310402 Administration of public health programs, State government
94310403 Administration of public health programs, County government
94310404 Administration of public health programs, Local government
943199 Administration of public health programs, nec
94319901 Cancer detection program administration, government
94319902 Categorical health program administration, government
94319903 Child health program administration, government
94319904 Communicable disease program administration, government
94319905 Environmental health program administration, government
94319906 Health statistics center, government
94319907 Immunization program administration, government
94319908 Mental health agency administration, government
94319909 Prenatal (maternity) health program administration, govt.
94319910 Public health agency administration, government
9441 Administration of Social and Manpower Programs
944100 Administration of social and manpower programs
94410000 Administration of social and manpower programs
944101 Income maintenance programs
94410100 Income maintenance programs
94410101 Public welfare administration: nonoperating, government
94410102 Social security administration, government
94410103 Unemployment insurance office, government
94410104 Workmen's compensation office, government
944102 Administration of social and human resources
94410200 Administration of social and human resources
94410201 Equal employment opportunity office, government
94410202 Medical assistance program administration, government
94410203 Women's bureau, government
944104 Administration of social and manpower programs, level of government
94410400 Administration of social and manpower programs, level of government
94410401 Administration of social and manpower programs, Federal government
94410402 Administration of social and manpower programs, State government
94410403 Administration of social and manpower programs, County government
94410404 Administration of social and manpower programs, Local government
9451 Administration of Veterans' Affairs
945100 Administration of veterans' affairs
94510000 Administration of veterans' affairs
945104 Administration of veterans' affairs, level of government
94510400 Administration of veterans' affairs, level of government
94510401 Administration of veterans' affairs, Federal government
94510402 Administration of veterans' affairs, State government
94510403 Administration of veterans' affairs, County government
94510404 Administration of veterans' affairs, Local government
 

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. )