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Table A24. Percentage of adults who reported having an interest in taking any or additional work-related courses, percentage who looked for information about such courses, and percentage who had various views about taking work-related courses, by participation status in formal work-related courses and selected adult characteristics: 2002–03
    Views about taking work-related courses
Characteristic Had an interest in taking any or additional work-
related courses
Look for information about such courses 1 Do not have enough training to do my job well 2 Super-
visor supports me to get more training 3
My job requires additional training 2 There would be financial benefit to getting additional training More training would help me get ahead in my job or career
Total 37.3 67.0 10.6 69.9 48.5 55.0 58.8
Took any formal work-related course
Yes 58.3 76.2 10.0 82.5 62.8 62.4 71.3
No 26.8 57.1 11.1 59.7 37.2 51.3 52.6
Sex
Male 37.1 68.4 9.6 69.3 49.2 56.0 59.1
Female 37.4 65.7 11.7 70.4 47.7 54.0 58.5
Race/ethnicity 4
White 35.9 67.3 8.8 70.7 47.5 49.3 52.2
Black 39.2 67.3 14.0 66.6 48.8 65.0 71.8
Hispanic 41.1 62.8 16.7 68.1 52.9 78.2 82.9
Other 43.7 71.7 15.4 69.7 51.5 60.1 68.7
Age as of 2002
16–24 years 36.1 66.5 15.5 71.6 44.0 69.4 79.4
25–34 years 46.5 69.1 9.2 74.9 51.6 65.3 76.8
35–44 years 47.8 70.5 10.3 69.8 52.1 63.1 68.1
45–54 years 45.5 67.2 10.1 71.1 50.5 55.7 59.6
55–64 years 30.1 62.2 9.7 63.3 42.3 41.7 41.2
65 years or older 10.0 45.8 9.9 43.0 29.6 32.1 24.9
Highest level of education attainment
High school diploma or less 27.0 55.8 10.2 61.5 40.3 52.2 54.5
Some college but no degree 40.5 66.3 13.3 67.6 46.3 59.8 64.3
Vocational/associate's degree 44.5 70.5 10.9 73.1 55.4 60.6 65.9
Bachelor's degree 48.6 73.0 10.1 79.5 56.5 58.2 62.9
Graduate or professional degree 52.4 81.5 8.0 83.7 61.0 48.7 55.1
Employment status in past 12 months
Full-time 48.5 69.9 9.0 72.8 50.9 57.5 64.5
Part-time 34.1 62.7 12.0 63.3 38.4 47.8 56.3
Not employed 18.7 56.8 52.0 46.9
Months employed in past 12 months
12 months 45.3 68.9 9.0 71.2 48.3 54.8 62.2
1–11 months 44.0 68.2 15.1 66.3 49.1 60.3 67.9
Not in the labor force 18.7 56.8 52.0 46.9
Occupation 2
Professional/managerial 57.4 77.9 9.1 81.1 58.4 53.9 63.1
Sales/service/clerical 41.0 64.6 12.0 67.2 44.8 58.5 65.9
Trade and labor 36.1 58.7 10.1 60.5 42.6 54.9 60.1
Size of employer 2
Fewer than 25 employees 41.6 68.3 11.0 62.6 46.4 54.6 61.4
25–99 employees 43.1 63.5 11.0 64.4 47.7 53.8 60.9
100–499 employees 44.8 63.5 9.9 71.6 45.0 56.9 63.6
500 or more employees 47.6 72.1 10.6 74.1 51.2 57.6 65.9
Continuing education required
for occupation
Yes 49.6 73.8 10.9 78.6 66.5 62.6 68.0
No 32.8 63.3 10.5 66.5 41.3 52.2 55.4
Not applicable.
1 Includes only adults who reported that they had an interest in taking any or additional work-related courses.
2 Includes only adults who worked in the past 12 months.
3 Includes only adults who worked in the past 12 months and were not self-employed only.
4 Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, and Other includes Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, those with more than one race, and those of other (unspecified) race. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin unless specified.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program.


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