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Findings: Adult

Overall, 45 percent of labor force participants have a postsecondary degree; adding in nondegree credentials (postsecondary certificates, occupational certifications, and occupational licenses) raises the percentage with a credential to 58.

Figure A8. Percentage of adults in the labor force who have different degree and nondegree credentials: 2016

Figure A8. Percentage of adults in the labor force who have different degree and nondegree credentials: 2016

NOTE: As defined in the survey, adults are ages 16 to 65 and not enrolled in high school. A nondegree credential is a certification, license, or postsecondary certificate. A postsecondary certificate is defined in the survey as a certificate obtained from a community college or other school after high school, and that included at least 40 hours of instruction and did not require being enrolled in or having completed a bachelor's or higher degree program. Adults can have more than one credential.  Detail may not sum to total because of rounding. Tabular data for percentages and their standard errors are available in Table A8.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES) of the National Household Education Surveys Program, 2016.


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