State Certifications and Licenses Data

Local and state practitioners in economic development, workforce development, and education are invested in understanding existing and future labor market conditions to drive the development of policies and programs that meet the employment and education needs of their constituents. Economic development and workforce development professionals identify shifting labor market demands, help companies find talent, and support the attraction and retention of jobs. Education practitioners design and develop curricula to align with demonstrated need in the labor market and connect students to existing and growing opportunities.

To inform these strategies, practitioners are seeking additional data sources to better understand talent pipelines across industries and occupations while enhancing the provision of effective policies, curricula, and workforce training programs. The State Certifications and Licenses Data Tables are one such data source, providing a baseline for understanding the current labor supply, and assessing the prevalence and impact of non-degree credentials—certifications and licenses issued by non-governmental and governmental entities to demonstrate an individual's competency related to a skill or knowledge used in performing specific jobs.

What are the State Certifications and Licenses Data Tables?

The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) and the Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute produce the State Certifications and Licenses Data Tables based on questions included in the Current Population Survey (CPS) that measure the prevalence of certifications and licenses. The Census Bureau surveys households each March and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes the national level data each April.

BLS publishes seven tables reflecting national level data (https://www.bls.gov/cps/certifications-and-licenses.htm). These seven tables include perspectives on "certification and licensing status of the employed by industry and class of worker," "certification and licensing status of the employed by occupation" as well as "median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by certification and licensing status and occupation." The State Certifications and Licenses Data Tables capture the prevalence of certifications and licenses in each state and the nation. They include eight tables — state level replicas of the seven tables BLS produced at the national level and a bonus table providing a specific perspective on the impact of certifications/licenses across occupations, and for middle-skilled individuals in the labor force. The data provide insights about the relationship between the attainment of credentials, median weekly earnings, and the probability of employment.

Economic development practitioners can use the State Certifications and Licenses Data Tables to generate insights about the presence of an adequately skilled and capable workforce to meet the talent demands of companies in particular industries and occupations. Education and other workforce development partners might use the data to inform resource allocation decisions as well as the program design and development that support education and training offerings to help jobseekers prepare for viable careers.

For more information, contact Jaleel Reed.

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.