Working Women Better Educated Than Working Men

April 27, 2011

These days, when the Education Department and Census Bureau release various compilations of education statistics, data usually show the relative success of female vs. male students. On Tuesday, the Census Bureau provided the latest factoid in "Educational Attainment in the United States: 2010." Among the population of people aged 25 or older who are working, women are now more likely than men (37 percent vs. 35 percent) to have a bachelor's degree.

The report also contains numerous other figures on a range of issues. Summary data back the contention of many experts that educational attainment in the United States could grow significantly by helping people finish degree programs that they have started and abandoned. Consider the following results:

Educational Attainment of Adults 25 and Older, 2010

No high school diploma 15%
High school diploma 29%
Attended some college, but no degree 17%
Associate degree 9%
Bachelor's degree 15%
Some time in graduate school, but no advanced degree 4%
Advanced degree 11%

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