NAICS 5 Digit Industry 54171

Industry 54171

NAICS 5  Digit Industry 54171 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Definition of NAICS 5 Digit Industry 54171: This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in conducting research and experimental development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences, such as agriculture, electronics, environmental, biology, botany, biotechnology, computers, chemistry, food, fisheries, forests, geology, health, mathematics, medicine, oceanography, pharmacy, physics, veterinary, and other allied subjects.

Cross-References for NAICS Code 54171

What codes are similar to this industry that might be more applicable? The cross-reference guide below displays the codes that are similar to industry 54171. Please review to find the most applicable classification.

  • Providing veterinary testing services–are classified in Industry 54194, Veterinary Services;
  • Providing medical laboratory testing for humans–are classified in Industry 62151, Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories;
  • Providing physical, chemical, or other analytical testing services (except medical or veterinary), such as acoustics or vibration testing, calibration testing, electrical and electronic testing, geotechnical testing, mechanical testing, nondestructive testing, or thermal testing–are classified in Industry 54138, Testing Laboratories; and
  • Manufacturing vaccines, toxoids, blood fractions, and culture media of plant or animal origin (except diagnostic use) and/or uncompounded medicinal chemicals and their derivatives (i.e., enzyme proteins and antibiotics for pharmaceutical use)–are classified in Industry 32541, Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing.

Other Index Entries for NAICS 5-Digit Industry 54171

The North American Industry Classification System contains multiple index entries that are each descriptive of the same code. The bulleted list below shows all applicable index entries (Current and former) that are associated with industry 54171. These index entries further elaborate on the scope of applicable industries that have already been defined at the top of this page.

  • Agriculture research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Bacteriological research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Biology research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or service in botany
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in agriculture
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in bacteriology
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in biology
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in chemical sciences
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in entomology
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in environmental science
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in food science
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in genetics
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in health sciences
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in industrial research
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in the medical sciences
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in the physical sciences
  • Biotechnology research and development laboratories or services in the veterinary sciences
  • Botany research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Chemical research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Cloning research and experimental development laboratories
  • Computer and related hardware research and development laboratories or services
  • Dental research and development laboratories or services
  • DNA technologies (e.g., microarrays) research and experimental development laboratories
  • Electronic research and development laboratories or services
  • Engineering research and development laboratories or services
  • Entomological research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Environmental research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Experimental farms
  • Fisheries research and development laboratories or services
  • Food research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Forestry research and development laboratories or services
  • Genetics research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Geological research and development laboratories or services
  • Guided missile and space vehicle engine research and development
  • Guided missile and space vehicle parts (except engines) research and development
  • Health research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Industrial research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Life sciences research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Mathematics research and development laboratories or services
  • Medical research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Nanobiotechnologies research and experimental development laboratories
  • Nucleic acid chemistry research and experimental development laboratories
  • Observatories, research institutions
  • Oceanographic research and development laboratories or services
  • Photonics research and development services
  • Physical science research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)
  • Physics research and development laboratories or services
  • Protein engineering research and experimental development laboratories
  • Recombinant DNA research and experimental development laboratories
  • Veterinary research and development laboratories or services (except biotechnology research and development)

Industry Breakdown for North American Industry Classification System

NAICS codes are broken down by digit. The broadest description starts with the 2 digit sector codes. The 3 digit subsector codes are more specific, then the 4 digit industry group, 5 digit industry (Where you are now), and the most specific is the 6 digit NAICS code. If the code on this page does not describe the industry of the business in question, then select the largest applicable code below. From there, follow through the progression of smaller digits to the larger digits in order to obtain the most specific 6 digit classification.

  • Sector 54: Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
    • Subsector 541: Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
      • Industry Group 5417: Scientific Research and Development Services
        • Industry 54171: Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (Current Page)
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 541711: Research and Development in Biotechnology
          • 6 Digit Code(s) NAICS 541712: Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

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