Question: How do I find out what companies are in an industry?


Companies can be screened by various data points.  The company industry is a key data point which can be determined by a number or resources that use a standard classification systems. The Standard Industrial Classification "SIC" is a widely used classification system that uses a four-digit code for classifying a company's primary industry which is based upon the company’s highest revenue category.   The North American Industry Classification System “NAICS” is another standard used for industry classifications. 

Go to the Virtual Business Library's Company & Financial Information section for links to useful resources including links to the following suggested resources.

Hoover's: Allows you to build a list using various criteria including industry. You can use the “Build a List” feature and choose Industry. Or browse the list of Industries.

Factiva: Select the Companies/Markets tab from the top of the page and then select Industry.  Select an industry which will provide a list of companies that are broken down by various data items such as location as well as peer comparisons.

ReferenceUSA: Go to the U.S. Businesses Database and open the Advanced Search tab.  Choose Major Industry Groups in the Business Type tab. 

You may want to consult the NYU guide on US Company and Industry Information for details on the resources above. Go to the Identifying Companies Within an Industry tab.  


Answered By: Business Librarians
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2019Views:

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