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37.9 percent of advanced degree holders teleworked in October 2023

November 16, 2023

About one in five employed people age 25 and over (21.7 percent) teleworked at least some of the time in October 2023, with 10.5 percent teleworking some hours and 11.2 percent teleworking all of their work hours.

Workers with a higher level of educational attainment were more likely to telework in October 2023. Among employed people age 25 and older, 37.9 percent of advanced degree holders and 34.6 percent of bachelor's degree holders teleworked at least some of the time in October. The data show that 16.8 percent of those with an advanced degree teleworked all of their work hours, compared with just 1.4 percent of those with less than a high school diploma, and 4.5 percent of high school graduates with no college. Advanced degrees include master's, doctoral, and professional degrees such as those in law or medicine.

Percent of workers age 25 and older by telework status and educational attainment, October 2023
Educational attainment Teleworked some hours Teleworked all hours Did not telework or work at home for pay

Less than a high school diploma

1.0 1.4 97.7

High school graduates, no college

2.7 4.5 92.8

Some college or associate degree

6.2 8.9 84.9

Bachelor's degree only

16.8 17.8 65.4

Advanced degree

21.1 16.8 62.1

Among all workers age 25 and older in October 2023, 11.0 percent had teleworked in February 2020, compared with the 21.7 percent who teleworked in October 2023. For advanced degree holders, 19.1 percent had teleworked in February 2020 compared with 37.9 percent in October 2023. For those with less than a high school diploma, 2.2 percent had teleworked in February 2020, little different from the percentage who teleworked in October 2023 (2.3 percent).

Percent of workers 25 and older who teleworked in October 2023 compared with February 2020
Educational attainment in October 2023 Teleworked in February 2020 Teleworked in October 2023

Total, 25 and older

11.0 21.7

Less than a high school diploma

2.2 2.3

High school graduates, no college

4.0 7.2

Some college or associate degree

7.9 15.1

Bachelor's degree only

17.0 34.6

Advanced degree

19.1 37.9

Learn more about these new telework data from the Current Population Survey (CPS). These data, which are not seasonally adjusted, refer to employed people who teleworked or worked at home for pay during the CPS reference week.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 37.9 percent of advanced degree holders teleworked in October 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/37-9-percent-of-advanced-degree-holders-teleworked-in-october-2023.htm (visited April 25, 2024).

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