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Table 470. Percentage of the population 25 to 64 years old who attained a postsecondary vocational degree, by age group and country: Selected years, 1999 through 2010
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Country 1999 2001 2003 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
OECD average1  8.4 10.5 8.9 10.8 9.5 11.2 8.8 9.8 9.0 10.0 9.4 10.1 9.7 10.4 10.4 (0.03) 11.0 (0.07) 10.2 (0.03) 10.9 (0.07)
Australia 9.0 8.8 9.7 9.7 10.8 11.4 9.0 8.9 9.2 9.6 9.6 10.2 10.1 9.8 10.1 (0.20) 10.2 (0.39) 10.7 (0.29) 10.2 (0.52)
Austria2 4.7 5.8 7.3 7.4 7.2 7.0 8.7 8.1 7.5 6.3 7.2 5.6 7.4 5.9 7.6 (0.08) 5.8 (0.16) 7.3 (0.19) 5.4 (0.29)
Belgium 13.9 17.9 14.9 19.7 16.0 20.7 17.3 21.5 17.7 22.5 18.1 23.1 15.9 19.5 15.9 (0.15) 18.3 (0.34) 17.8 (0.16) 20.5 (0.36)
Canada 20.2 23.7 21.2 25.4 22.0 25.3 22.8 25.6 22.9 25.5 23.7 26.3 23.6 26.1 24.1 (0.16) 26.0 (0.32) 24.2 (0.17) 25.8 (0.38)
Chile2,3 0.9 1.4 1.0 1.6 1.2 1.7 8.5 11.5 8.0 (0.11) 11.0 (0.22) 10.3 (0.13) 13.1 (0.23)
                                             
Denmark 5.3 5.8 6.9 7.8 7.6 9.1 7.6 9.1 6.7 8.1 7.0 8.2 7.2 (0.11) 8.5 (0.35) 6.3 (0.10) 6.2 (0.25)
Estonia 11.1 8.7 11.1 8.7 11.1 9.4 12.0 12.3 13.2 (0.33) 14.8 (0.75) 13.3 (0.55) 14.0 (1.24)
Finland 17.4 21.8 17.5 20.2 16.9 16.7 16.6 11.0 15.9 9.0 15.4 7.5 15.0 5.4 14.7 (0.11) 3.4 (0.13) 14.7 (0.18) 2.5 (0.17)
France 10.5 15.6 11.2 16.7 9.2 15.5 10.0 17.0 10.6 17.7 10.9 17.7 11.1 16.9 11.6 (0.07) 17.5 (0.18) 11.5 (0.06) 16.9 (0.16)
Germany 9.9 8.6 9.7 8.2 9.9 7.8 9.7 7.4 8.9 6.8 8.7 6.5 9.0 6.5 9.3 (0.05) 6.8 (0.09) 9.6 (0.05) 7.2 (0.10)
                                             
Greece 5.5 8.6 5.4 7.4 5.7 7.1 6.7 8.4 7.0 9.0 7.4 9.4 6.6 9.6 6.7 (0.06) 10.1 (0.16) 7.2 (0.16) 10.9 (0.34)
Hungary 0.2 0.5 0.3 0.6 # 0.9 # 1.0 # (†) 1.0 (#) 0.6 (0.02) 1.4 (0.06)
Iceland 4.6 5.3 6.0 5.5 4.7 3.3 3.9 3.0 3.7 3.2 3.4 2.2 3.9 (0.21) 2.5 (0.31) 3.8 (0.20) 2.2 (0.30)
Ireland2 10.5 13.4 21.6 28.1 10.0 14.1 10.6 14.4 10.9 14.0 11.1 14.0 11.7 14.5 14.9 (0.10) 18.7 (0.20) 15.6 (0.10) 18.4 (0.20)
Israel 15.9 14.8 16.0 15.1 16.0 15.1 15.2 13.4 15.1 13.4 15.5 (0.14) 13.4 (0.26) 15.0 (0.14) 12.4 (0.25)
                                             
Italy 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6 # # # (†) # (†) # (†) # (†)
Japan 13.4 22.1 14.6 23.4 16.5 25.2 17.7 25.3 17.5 24.4 17.9 24.6 18.5 24.1 19.1 (0.10) 23.9 (0.25) 19.5 (0.16) 23.7 (0.34)
Korea, Republic of 5.8 11.9 6.7 14.5 7.8 16.7 8.9 19.3 9.5 20.1 10.2 21.6 10.9 23.3 11.6 (0.16) 25.5 (0.42) 12.2 (0.17) 26.0 (0.43)
Luxembourg 6.6 8.1 6.7 8.3 8.9 12.1 9.6 13.2 7.6 10.8 8.8 11.9 7.7 10.8 14.6 (0.34) 20.4 (0.87) 14.7 (0.34) 18.1 (0.84)
Mexico 1.3 2.2 1.7 2.7 1.8 2.7 1.1 1.2 1.0 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.1 (0.01) 1.2 (0.03) 1.1 (0.00) 1.3 (0.00)
                                             
Netherlands 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.4 1.8 1.6 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.6 2.4 2.2 2.8 (0.03) 2.5 (0.07) 2.5 (0.03) 2.4 (0.07)
New Zealand 13.9 10.4 15.3 11.6 14.8 11.7 7.4 4.6 15.3 13.8 15.7 14.3 14.9 13.9 16.9 (0.36) 15.9 (0.76) 16.4 (0.31) 14.9 (0.64)
Norway2 2.0 2.2 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.4 1.9 2.4 1.7 2.4 1.9 2.4 1.8 2.2 (0.06) 1.4 (0.11) 2.1 (0.06) 1.0 (0.09)
Portugal 2.7 3.0 2.4 3.1 2.4 3.1 (†) (†) (†) (†)
Slovak Republic 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.6 0.8 (0.04) 0.9 (0.08) 0.7 (0.04) 0.6 (0.05)
                                             
Slovenia 9.6 9.5 9.6 9.5 10.6 12.4 10.8 11.7 10.8 (0.16) 11.7 (0.35) 10.6 (0.16) 12.2 (0.36)
Spain 6.2 11.4 6.7 11.6 7.2 11.7 8.3 12.8 8.7 13.2 9.0 13.0 9.2 13.0 9.5 (0.05) 13.2 (0.11) 9.2 (0.05) 12.2 (0.11)
Sweden 15.6 20.7 14.7 17.1 14.9 16.7 9.1 8.9 8.8 8.5 8.7 8.5 8.6 8.4 8.7 (0.07) 8.5 (0.15) 8.8 (0.06) 8.2 (0.13)
Switzerland 9.1 9.3 9.6 9.7 9.4 9.8 9.7 9.1 9.9 9.0 10.0 9.5 10.4 9.7 10.3 (0.17) 9.4 (0.36) 10.8 (0.11) 9.9 (0.24)
United Kingdom 8.2 8.4 8.0 9.0 8.7 8.9 8.8 8.1 8.7 8.2 9.1 7.7 9.0 7.7 10.0 (0.06) 8.5 (0.12) 10.2 (0.13) 8.1 (0.25)
United States 8.3 8.7 9.0 9.2 9.0 8.6 9.4 9.0 9.6 9.3 9.4 9.3 9.6 9.3 9.8 (0.08) 8.9 (0.15) 10.0 (0.12) 9.5 (0.22)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
#Rounds to zero.
1 Refers to the mean of the data values for all reporting Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, to which each country reporting data contributes equally. The average includes all current OECD countries for which a given year's data are available, even if they were not members of OECD in that year.
2 Data from 1998 reported for 1999.
3 Data from 2000 reported for 2001.
NOTE: Data in this table refer to degrees classified as International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 5B. ISCED level 5B corresponds to the associate's degree in the United States. Standard errors are not available for years prior to 2009.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance, 2001 through 2012. (This table was prepared June 2012.)
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