What is Educational Attainment? Your Questions Answered.

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If you’ve ever encountered the term “educational attainment” on a survey, census, or job application, you may have asked yourself: What is educational attainment? Why does it matter?

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If you want to learn more about educational attainment, keep reading.

What is educational attainment?

Educational attainment refers to the highest level of education an individual has received. It is not the same as the type of education a person has or currently is undergoing.

This means if you received a Master of Arts degree, regardless of the type of institution you attended, your level of educational attainment will be categorized under “Master's degree”.

The categories of educational attainment are as follows:

  • None
  • 1st-4th grade
  • 5th-6th grade
  • 7th-8th grade
  • 9th grade
  • 10th grade
  • 11th grade
  • High school graduate
  • Some college, no degree
  • Associate’s degree, occupational
  • Associates degree, academic
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree
  • Professional degree
  • Doctoral degree

Why does your level of education matter?

There are many circumstances that may require you to demonstrate your level of educational attainment. Some of these circumstances include:

  • Job application forms
  • Job promotion interviews or salary negotiations
  • College admission packages or interviews
  • Census and survey questionnaires
  • Legal circumstances

On a surface level, your level of education can make a big difference in the number of opportunities you have access to. You may be asked to demonstrate it in a formal interview or application process, or on an official survey or document.

Why is educational attainment important?

Statistically speaking, your level of education can make a huge difference in your overall quality of life. This is because higher education is correlated with financial opportunities, access to fulfilling jobs, and other opportunities.

The importance of educational attainment can be broad, influencing individuals and their community. Here are three main reasons why it is important:

1. Influential for an individual’s success. Studies show that level of education is directly related to an individual's performance at work. This can lead to improved socioeconomic status, suggesting that higher levels of education lead to more financial opportunities.

2. Critical for a well-functioning workplace. Workers with higher levels of education possess more skills and are better able to serve their companies and communities.

3. Necessary for societal success. Studies also demonstrate the financial benefits of having a skilled and educated workforce. Not only does this factor influence the economy, but it also has a direct impact on the population's health and wealth equality.

While studies exist displaying the correlation between educational attainment and success, there are also studies showing a correlation between socioeconomic class and the access an individual has to opportunities to improve their educational attainment.

Learn More About Educational Attainment

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