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 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

Why Certification-Attainment Matters for the US Workforce

The above figure shows the certification attainment rate for workers in the United States and a selected state by degree status. Select your state to see how its certification attainment rate compares with the United States. Contact the LMI Institute to learn how you can embed this visualization on your site. This article is part […]

New Updates to LMI Institute State Certifications and Licenses Data

The Labor Market Information (LMI) Institute is proud to announce updated data to the State Certifications and Licenses Data Tables – a unique data set available to LMI Institute members providing key statistics on the attainment of occupation-specific credentials at the state level. This is the second year the LMI Institute has produced state-level estimates […]

The Role of Certifications and Licenses in State Post-Secondary Attainment Goals

The above map shows state post-secondary attainment goals. Scroll over a state to see more information on its attainment goals. This article is part of a series of reports on new estimates from the Labor Market Information Institute State Certification and Licenses Data Tables. Find previous blog posts in this series here. Forty-two states have […]

Trends in Certification and License Attainment and Earnings by Education Level

The above figure shows the attainment rate and difference in median weekly earnings between workers with and without a certification or license by education level. This article is part of a series of reports on new estimates from the Labor Market Information Institute State Certification and Licenses Data Tables. Find previous blog posts in this […]

New Data on the Attainment of Certifications and Licenses

The above map provides state-level attainment rates. Scroll over your state to see how it compares nationally! The attainment rate is the percentage of the population with a certification or license, according to the LMI Institute’s analysis of Current Population Survey data made available by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  This article is part of […]