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Educational attainment of the employed, by gender and nativity, 2011

Percent of employment Native
born
Foreign
born
Men Women All
Highest degree attained
Less than high school 10.2% 6.5% 8.4% 5.1% 25.9%
High school/GED 30.2 25.6 28.0 28.4 25.7
Some college 19.0 20.5 19.7 21.3 11.3
Associate degree 9.3 12.2 10.7 11.4 6.9
College degree 20.8 23.1 21.9 22.7 17.9
Advanced degree* 10.6 12.1 11.3 11.1 12.3
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Cumulative education level
High school or less 40.4% 32.1% 36.4% 33.5% 51.6%
Less than a college degree 68.6 64.8 66.8 66.2 69.8
College degree or more 31.4 35.2 33.2 33.8 30.2
Advanced degree* 10.6 12.1 11.3 11.1 12.3

* Includes law degrees, Ph.D.s, M.B.A.s, and similar degrees

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

Updated May 14, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Table is based on analysis of CPS wage earners. The data are described in Appendix B. The categories are as follows: “less than high school” is grade 1–12 or no diploma; “high school/GED” is high school graduate diploma or equivalent; “some college” is some college but no degree; “associate degree” is occupational or academic associate degree; “college degree” is a bachelor’s degree; and “advanced degree” is a master’s, professional, or doctoral degree.

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