In January 2015, questions were added to the Current Population Survey (CPS) to identify persons with professional certifications and licenses.
Certifications and licenses are credentials that demonstrate a level of skill or knowledge needed to perform a specific type of job. Certifications are issued by a non-governmental body, but licenses are awarded by a government agency and convey a legal authority to work in an occupation. People may have more than one certification or license; people with a license may also have a certification.
Annual average tables are available below. These are estimates for the nation as a whole; data are not tabulated for states or local areas.
For more information about the certification and licensing data, contact the BLS Current Population Survey staff.
Last Modified Date: January 25, 2023