Education and second job entrepreneurs

October 07, 1999

Second job entrepreneurs have more education than the average worker.

Percent distribution of all workers and second job entrpreneurs by educational attainment, 1998
[Chart data—TXT]

People who are second job entrepreneurs have primary positions in wage-and-salary jobs and hold second jobs in which they are self-employed in unincorporated businesses. About 70 percent of second job entrepreneurs in 1998 had at least some college. In comparison, 55 percent of all workers had post-high-school education.

Only 4 percent of second job entrepreneurs in 1998 did not have a high school diploma. Of all workers, 13 percent had not received a high school diploma.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. Find out more in "Second Job Entrepreneurs," (PDF 151K) Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Fall 1999. OOQ Online is the newest BLS online periodical.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Education and second job entrepreneurs on the Internet at (visited October 01, 2016).


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