We linked participants who earned manufacturing credentials to their post-secondary enrollment and completion records, IRS tax records for wages and employment, the American Community Survey (ACS) and the 2000 and 2010 decennial censuses.
We also compared participants’ labor outcomes to those of a group of workers who were similar but did not earn industry credentials.
This research was made possible through a collaboration and data agreement among the Census Bureau, National Association of Manufacturers, Manufacturing Institute and the National Student Clearinghouse.
This paper covers the results from pilot investigations that focused on manufacturing credentials.
Future work will incorporate credentials awarded in other sectors, such as health care and information technology with the goal of producing a public use data tool.
Article Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau