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Table A7. Percentage distribution of adults reporting the perceived usefulness of their most important work credential, last postsecondary certificate, and last work experience program, by usefulness measure: 2016

Usefulness measure Most important work credential   Last
  Last work
Any   Certification   License    
Getting a job                  
Not useful 7   14   5   24   12
Somewhat useful 12   26   8   27   24
Very useful 82   60   87   49   64
Keeping a job                  
Not useful 8   17   5    
Somewhat useful 12   29   8    
Very useful 80   54   87    
Keeping you marketable to employers or clients                  
Not useful 6   10   5    
Somewhat useful 13   26   10    
Very useful 81   64   85    
Improving your work skills                  
Not useful 10   13   9   17   7
Somewhat useful 24   31   22   29   27
Very useful 66   55   69   54   66
Increasing your pay                  
Not useful       42   38
Somewhat useful       28   25
Very useful       30   37
† Not applicable. The survey did not ask respondents about this usefulness measure.
NOTE: As defined in the survey, adults are ages 16 to 65 and not enrolled in high school. Postsecondary certificates are defined in the survey as certificates obtained from a community or technical 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. A work experience program is defined in the survey as an internship, co-op, practicum, clerkship, externship, residency, clinical experience, apprenticeship, or similar program. Work credentials are certifications and licenses; cases for which one or more reported work credentials were deemed invalid are treated as not having any reported work credentials (n=170). Respondents could report up to three specific work credentials. Most important credential is the credential that respondents reported as their most important one. This table excludes respondents who reported it was "Too soon to tell" if a credential, certificate, or program was useful for each outcome. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
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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