Business/SPEA Information Commons

Indiana University Bloomington

Question of the Week

Posted by magroth on January 24, 2008

Here is this weeks spotlighted reference question:

“How do I find an SIC code for a company?  And what is an SIC code anyway?”

 We are glad you asked.  SIC stands for Standard Industrial Classification.  This classification system was developed by the U.S. government to apply to industries in order to aid in the collection and organization of statistical information.  You can look up an industry code here:   U.S. Department of Labor

While the SIC codes are still widely used by many sources of business data, the U.S. government switched to a new set of codes called the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  You can look up a NAICS code here:  U.S. Census Bureau

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