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Racer Named Fisk
03-11-2000, 02:07 PM
Hi all. I'm trying to find a list of all possible SIC codes. I can get a list of 2- and 4-digit ones (from the OSHA website I think) but the full 8-digit-code list eludes me. I've searched everywhere, no luck.
Anyone know if/where this list is published?
03-11-2000, 03:34 PM
The Dun & Bradstreet file contains the 8 digit code. I am not sure about the descriptions. In my company (and I believe most others) we only use 4 digit. 8 digit seems to be too detailed for general analysis purposes and not detailed enough for fine analysis. D&B is going toward the NAICS code (not sure what it stands for), which is supposed to give more information for regular analysis especially in the technology sectors.
03-11-2000, 03:38 PM
The SBA is the place to go! (I spent time working for an 8(a) contractor, and SIC codes were very important to our proposals.)
03-11-2000, 03:59 PM
I have a question: why are you trying to find an SIC list instead of the NAICS list? I'm not trying to be nasty, but SIC was rendered effectively obsolete in 1998. (Most companies are probably still using it since so much of it is imbedded in their internal programming and catalogues, but they certainly should not be looking to assign new codes.)
I believe that the only list I have seen of that included SIC beyond the fourth digit was a print document from the federal government.
The Federal Census page on SIC is at
http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/sic.html but while it links to a one-way lookup of 4-digit SIC codes (enter the code, find the meaning) the other link to the NTIS appears to be dead.
For a 4-digit [b]SIC[/i] to NAICS conversion, try this site:
http://www.census.gov/epcd/www/naicstab.htm that is linked from the NAICS general information page at
You might try calling/writing the Census Bureau to see whether they have any old SIC manuals (or try the nearest Federal Printing Office).
03-11-2000, 04:05 PM
Hmmph. I show up last with the least useful information. Oh, well. NAICS is the North American Industry Classification System.
03-11-2000, 04:33 PM
Thanks Tom for the meaning for the acronym. We are getting ready to start using the NAICS code and that was kind of what I was trying to get at. Thanks for the clear statement.
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