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Estimates in this article on minimum education requirements were incorrect as originally published and have been corrected. For information regarding this correction, see www.bls.gov/bls/errata/ors-errata-05112017.htm.

Prior work experience required for 47.8 percent of all civilian jobs in 2016

February 03, 2017

In 2016, 74.7 percent of all jobs required on-the-job training, while prior work experience was required for 47.8 percent of all civilian jobs. Pre-employment training can often result in a certification or license: 21.8 percent of jobs required workers to obtain a professional certification, license, or undertake other pre-employment training.

Minimum job requirements, percent of all workers, 2016
Requirement Percent

Prior work experience

47.8

On-the-job training

74.7

Pre-employment training

21.8

In 2016, a minimum level of education was required for 69.4 percent of jobs. A high school diploma was required in 41.9 percent of jobs and a bachelor’s degree was required in 17.5 percent of jobs.

Minimum education requirements, percent of all workers, 2016
Education Percent

Doctorate degree

0.8

Master's degree

2.3

Bachelor's degree

17.5

Associate degree

3.9

High school diploma

41.9

No minimum education required

30.6

These data are from the Occupational Requirements Survey. To learn more, see "Occupational Requirements in the United States — 2016" (HTML) (PDF).

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Prior work experience required for 47.8 percent of all civilian jobs in 2016 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/prior-work-experience-required-for-47-point-8-percent-of-all-civilian-jobs-in-2016.htm (visited February 25, 2018).

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