Industry Definitions

Agriculture and Forestry

NAICS Sector 11 - Crop production, animal production, forestry, fishing and hunting.

Mining: Oil, Gas, Coal, Metals, Nonmetallic and Quarrying.

NAICS Sector 21 ? Oil and gas extraction; mining of coal and metal ores (e.g., copper, silver, gold, molybdenum, lead, zinc, nickel, etc.); nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying and support activities for mining.


NAICS Sector 22 - Electric power generation and distribution; natural gas distribution; water supply and sewage treatment.


NAICS Sector 23 - Building, developing, general contracting, heavy construction and special trade contracting.


NAICS Sector 31-33 - Manufacturers of food, beverages, textiles, leather goods, wood products, furniture, paper products, printing, petroleum products, chemicals, plastics, nonmetallic mineral products, metal products, machinery, computers, electrical equipment and transportation equipment.

Wholesale Trade

NAICS Sector 42 - Businesses that typically sell merchandise to other businesses, generally without transformation and often operate from a warehouse or office.

Retail Trade

NAICS Sector 44-45 - Businesses that sell merchandise directly to consumers. Merchandise includes items such as motor vehicles and parts; furniture and home furnishings; electronics and appliances; building materials and garden equipment; food and beverage stores; health and personal care; gasoline stations; clothing and accessories; sporting goods; hobby; books; music and general merchandise.

Transportation and Warehousing

NAICS Sector 48-49 - Air, rail, water, truck, or pipeline transportation; transit, sightseeing and ground passenger transportation; postal services; couriers and messengers; and warehousing and storage.


NAICS Sector 51 - Newspaper, periodical, book, database and software publishing; motion picture, sound recording and video industries; radio and television broadcasting; cable networks; telecommunications; news syndicates, libraries, archives, Internet service providers and data processing services.

Finance and Insurance

NAICS Sector 52 - Establishments engaged in central banking functions; commercial banking; savings institutions; credit unions; credit card issuing; sales financing; consumer lending; mortgage and non-mortgage brokers; investment banking; securities and commodities; life, health, property, casualty and medical insurance; pension funds, trusts, estates and agency accounts.

Real Estate, Rental and Leasing

NAICS Sector 53 - Real estate sales, leasing and appraisals; property management; car, truck and RV rental; consumer goods rental; consumer goods, recreational goods, home health equipment and electronics rental; formal wear and costume rental; video tape and disc rental; general rental centers and commercial, transportation and industrial machinery rental.

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

NAICS Sector 54 - Firms that specialize in: legal and notary; accounting and payroll; architectural, drafting, engineering and specialized design; testing laboratories; computer systems design, programming and management; marketing, advertising, public relations, administrative management and consulting services; scientific research and development and photographic, translation and veterinary services.

Management of Companies and Enterprises

NAICS Sector 55 - Bank holding companies or companies that manage other companies.

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services

NAICS Sector 56 - Firms that perform routine support activities for the day-to-day operations of other organizations. Activities performed include: office, facilities and employment support services; temporary help; telephone answering and call centers; private mail centers and copy shops; collection agencies; credit bureaus and repossession services; court reporting and stenotype; travel agencies and tour operators; investigation and security services; locksmiths; exterminating, pest control and janitorial services; landscaping; carpet and upholstery cleaning; packaging and labeling; convention and trade show organization and waste management and remediation services.

Educational Services

NAICS Sector 61 - Elementary and secondary schools; junior colleges, colleges and universities and technical, trade and professional schools. Includes both privately owned (and operated for profit or not for profit) and publicly owned and operated.

Health Care and Social Assistance

NAICS Sector 62 - Physicians, dentists and other health practitioners; hospitals; HMOs and other health care centers and ambulances, home health care, laboratories and other health care services.

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

NAICS Sector 71 - Organizations that provide cultural, entertainment and recreational facilities and services including: performing arts and spectator sports; agents and promoters; independent artists, writers and performers; museums, historical sites and zoos; amusement and theme parks; gambling and golf courses and country clubs, skiing facilities, marinas, fitness, bowling and sports centers.

Accommodation and Food Services

NAICS Sector 72 - Firms which provide lodging, campgrounds, restaurants, bars, food service contractors, snack bars, caterers and mobile food service.

Other Services (Except Public Administration)

NAICS Sector 81 - Firms which provide services not specifically provided for elsewhere, including: automotive, electronics, computers, equipment and other equipment repair and maintenance; furniture, footwear and leather goods repair; dry cleaning and laundry services; barber shops and beauty or nail salons; weight reducing and personal centers; funeral homes, cemeteries and crematories; industrial launderers; pet care; business, grant-making, civic, professional and religious organizations; labor unions and political organizations.

Public Administration

NAICS Sector 91 - State, county and municipal governments; police and fire protection districts; environmental, housing, public health programs and veteran affairs and regulatory programs.