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Health Care Industry Resources: Health care industry reports

This guide highlights databases and websites that focus on the business side of health care.

What is a NAICS Code?

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is used to organize industry information. It's designed to produce common industry definitions for Canada, Mexico, and the United States. It is a hierarchical classification system, offering five levels of detail. Codes are assigned to an industry based on products and services provided by the industry.

Industries are represented by a six-digit number. The first two digits designate the economic sector: manufacturing, agriculture, wholesale, retail, professional services, etc. The subsequent digits designate subsectors and industry groups.

Each digit in the code is part of a series of progressively narrower categories.

Example:

72 - Accommodation and Food Services

722 - Food Services and Drinking Places

7225 - Restaurants and Other Eating Places

722511 - Full Service Restaurants

The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), an earlier U.S. system, is still used by some sources.

Industry Reports

Why Trade Associations?

Trade associations are often a valuable source of industry information. Trade associations:

  • Track marketing data
  • Collect statistics on an industry
  • List industry contacts
  • Promote conventions and trade shows
  • Maintain a member directory
  • Publish reports and other data

Use these resources to find an association in your industry.