The first two numbers of the SIC code represent a broad industry category which is known as the Major Industry Group.
For example the Manufacturing SIC codes are 20-39, the Retail SIC codes are 52-59.
Selecting by a Major Industry Group is useful when trying to find a broad, more loosely-defined base of prospects.
Within the Major Industry Group classification you have the ability to drill down to more specific lines of business by selecting a 2, 4, or 6-digit SIC Code.
This selection allows you to search by the first two numbers of an SIC code without keywords, starting with a Major Industry Group and drilling down to sub-classification of a Major Industry Group (4 digits) and then down to a specific industry selection (6 digits).
The Major Industry Group are presented in a hierarchal order by the first two digits of that industrial classification code. Click on the “+” to see 4-digit sub-classification options, which can have their own “+” to see 6-digit specific industry types.
NOTE: Not all sub-classification (4-digit) and specific industry types (6-digit) might be listed.
Selecting either a Major Industry Group or a sub-classification will include all the specific industry types underneath it, sharing the same Major Industry Group (first two digits) or sub-classification (first 4 digits)
There are 11 Major Industry Groups (and the first two digits of their industrial classification code):
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