​Hospital  (Exclude nursing home units in hospitals but include all clinics and other services of the hospital)

  • Non-federal, short-term hospital (for example, acute care hospital)
  • Non-federal, long-term hospital (for example, state mental hospital)
  • Non-federal psychiatric hospital
  • Federal government hospital
  • Other type of hospital

Nursing Home/Extended Care Facility

  • Nursing home unit in hospital
  • Other nursing home
  • Facility for mentally retarded
  • Other type of extended care facility

Nursing Education

  • LPN/LVN program
  • Diploma program (RN)
  • Associate degree program (RN)
  • Baccalaureate and/or higher degree nursing program
  • Other

Public Health/Community Health Setting

  • Official state health department
  • Official state mental health agency
  • Official city or county health department
  • Combination (official/voluntary) nursing service
  • Visiting nurse service (VNS/VNA)
  • Other home health agency
  • Community mental health center
  • Community/neighborhood health center
  • Planned parenthood/family planning center
  • Day care center
  • Rural health center
  • Retirement community center
  • Hospice
  • Other

Student Health Service

  • Board of education (public school system)
  • Private or parochial elementary or secondary school
  • College or university
  • Other

Occupational Health (Employee Health Service)

  • Private industry
  • Government
  • Other

Ambulatory Care Setting Employee (e.g., Physician/Dentist office)

  • Solo practice (physician)
  • Solo practice (nurse)
  • Partnership (one or more physicians)
  • Partnership (one or more nurses)
  • Group practice (physicians)
  • Group practice (nurses)
  • Partnership or group practice (mixed group of professionals)
  • Freestanding clinic (physicians)
  • Freestanding clinic (nurses)
  • Ambulatory surgical center (non-hospital-based)
  • Dental practice
  • Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
  • Other


  • Central or regional office of Federal agency
  • State Board of Nursing
  • Nursing or health professional membership association
  • Health planning agency
  • Prison or jail
  • Medical supplier (e.g., Drug Company, equipment, etc.)
  • Insurance company
  • Other

62 Health Care and Social Assistance
621 Ambulatory Health Care Services
6211 Offices of Physicians
62111 Offices of Physicians
621111 Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)
621112 Offices of Physicians, Mental Health Specialists
6212 Offices of Dentists
62121 Offices of Dentists
6213 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
62131 Offices of Chiropractors
62132 Offices of Optometrists
62133 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
62134 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
62139 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
621391 Offices of Podiatrists
621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
6214 Outpatient Care Centers
62141 Family Planning Centers
62142 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
62149 Other Outpatient Care Centers
621491 HMO Medical Centers
621492 Kidney Dialysis Centers
621493 Freestanding Ambulatory Surgical and Emergency Centers
621498 All Other Outpatient Care Centers
6215 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
62151 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
621511 Medical Laboratories
621512 Diagnostic Imaging Centers
6216 Home Health Care Services
62161 Home Health Care Services
6219 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
62191 Ambulance Services
62199 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
621991 Blood and Organ Banks
621999 All Other Miscellaneous Ambulatory Health Care Services
622 Hospitals
6221 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
62211 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
6222 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
62221 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
6223 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
62231 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
623 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
6231 Nursing Care Facilities
62311 Nursing Care Facilities
6232 Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
62321 Residential Mental Retardation Facilities
62322 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
6233 Community Care Facilities for the Elderly
62331 Community Care Facilities for the Elderly
623311 Continuing Care Retirement Communities
623312 Homes for the Elderly
6239 Other Residential Care Facilities
62399 Other Residential Care Facilities
624 Social Assistance
6241 Individual and Family Services
62411 Child and Youth Services
62412 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
62419 Other Individual and Family Services
6242 Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
62421 Community Food Services
62422 Community Housing Services
624221 Temporary Shelters
624229 Other Community Housing Services
62423 Emergency and Other Relief Services
6243 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
62431 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
6244 Child Day Care Services
62441 Child Day Care Services

Source: North American Industry Classification System, 1997, OMB

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Appendix A: Examples of Employment Settings