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Table A65. Among adults ages 25 to 64 with a certification, percentage distribution across certification fields, by highest level of education: 2016

Certification field Total, all adults with a
    High school or less     Some college, no
bachelor’s degree
(including certificate
    Bachelor’s or higher
Total, all certification fields 100.0     100.0     100.0     100.0
Science, engineering, and mathematics 15.3     7.3 !   16.7     16.5
Business 17.3     3.6 !   9.6     26.6
Finance, insurance, and real estate 7.2     5.3 !   5.4     9.0
Healthcare 21.7     15.3     27.1     19.6
Personal care and services 4.6     8.4     5.1     3.2
Public and social services 11.8     16.4     8.5     13.0
Teaching and instruction 8.3     5.4 !   5.2     11.4
Trades 17.7     38.8     26.5     5.6
Other fields 3.0     3.3 !   2.1     3.5
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.
NOTE: Adults are ages 25 to 64 and not enrolled in high school. The total number of adults who have a certification is approximately 10,950,000. Certifications and licenses were defined in the survey as follows: "A professional certification or license shows you are qualified to perform a specific job and includes things like licensed realtor, certified medical assistant, certified teacher, or an IT certification." If a respondent indicated that a license or certification was required by a government agency, it was counted as a license; otherwise it was counted as a certification. Information was collected on respondents’ three most important licenses and certifications. Detail may not sum to totals because adults can have more than one certification.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES) of the National Household Education Surveys Program, 2016.
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