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Table A74. Among adults ages 25 to 64 with a work credential (certification or license), percentage who find their most important work credential useful for various objectives, by highest level of education, work credential field, and whether work credential is used for the current job: 2016

Background and program characteristic Useful for getting a
    Useful for keeping
a job
    Useful for keeping
you marketable to
employers or
    Useful for
improving your
work skills
Total, all adults with a work credential 90.8     91.0     92.7     88.9
Highest level of education                    
High school or less 90.5     89.9     89.9     88.0
Some college, no bachelor’s degree (including
certificate holders)
87.8     88.8     90.6     89.1
Bachelor's or higher degree 92.6     92.7     94.8     89.0
Work credential field                    
Science, engineering, and mathematics 81.1     82.1     91.8     85.1
Business 85.3     87.9     92.9     92.5
Finance, insurance, and real estate 88.3     89.6     91.9     90.6
Healthcare 94.2     94.4     94.3     91.6
Personal care and services 92.0     88.3     89.2     87.9
Public and social services 88.9     91.1     92.8     89.6
Teaching and instruction 96.7     95.9     95.4     88.8
Trades 88.8     89.1     91.7     87.3
Other fields 81.6     82.6     89.5     87.8
Work credential used for current job                    
Yes 94.1     96.3     96.5     91.9
No (including not employed) 79.7     73.6     80.1     78.8
NOTE: Adults are ages 25 to 64 and not enrolled in high school. The total number of adults who have a work credential is 38,325,000. Work credentials include certifications and licenses. 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. Respondents could select "Very useful," "Somewhat useful," "Not useful," and "Too soon to tell." Numerators include ratings of "Very useful" and "Somewhat useful." All percentages exclude those who selected "Too soon to tell."
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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