State Certifications and Licenses Data

Why do certifications and licenses matter?

Non-degree credentials offer a lot of promise for helping jobseekers adapt to rapid technological change and companies hire workers with up-to-date skills. They are often less expensive and quicker to obtain than a degree, and can impart specific, in-demand skill sets.

The State Certifications and Licenses Data were developed to provide a baseline for understanding the impact that certifications and licenses have on employment and earnings across occupations, industries, and demographics. With this data, local and state practitioners in economic development, workforce development, and education can understand existing labor market conditions, helping them development effective policies and programs to meet the employment and education needs of their constituents.

Preliminary reports:

State Level Attainment
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National Fact Sheet
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State Fact Sheets
coming soon

What are the State Certifications and Licenses Data?

The Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute produces the State Certifications and Licenses Data based on questions included in the Current Population Survey (CPS) that measure the prevalence of certifications and licenses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes seven tables reflecting national level data (https://www.bls.gov/cps/certifications-and-licenses.htm) every April. The State Certifications and Licenses Data capture the prevalence of certifications and licenses in each state and the nation. They include twelve tables — state level replicas of the seven tables BLS produces at the national level and five bonus tables with additional breakdowns by occupation, industry, education, race, and sex. The data provide insights about the relationship between the attainment of credentials, median weekly earnings, and the probability of employment.

For more information, contact Marty Romitti.

Getting Access to the State Certifications and Licenses Data Tables

The state tables are available to LMI Institute Members in the Member Area at the following levels:

  • Research Professional Members: Access to the national data file
  • Organizational Members: Access to the national data file and the file for their local state
  • Premium Organizational Members: Access to the national data file, as well as all 50 individual state files

More information about membership can be found here.

Blog Posts:

This article is part of a series of reports on new estimates from the Labor Market Information Institute State Certification and Licenses Data Tables. 18 percent of the United States civilian non-institutional population aged 16 years or older has a certification or license. Across states, the percentage of the population with a certification or license […]
According to a new report from Strada, Veterans Without Degrees, veterans not only hold more non-degree credentials than the general population, but those with credentials also have better employment and earnings outcomes. 
Written by Anuradha Dhar At the end of June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at the Department of Labor released a report on 2018 data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) on the role of professional certifications and occupational licenses in the U.S. labor market. Their most recent annual data was released in January […]
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