What It’s Worth: Field of Training and Economic Status in 2009

February 2012
Report Number: P70-129
Stephanie Ewert


The relationship between educational attainment and economic outcomes is shaped by a variety of educational experiences, including field of training, length of time spent in school, and level of attainment. This report explores the relationship between educational attain­ment, field of training, and eventual occupation and earnings. The report also explores sex, race, and ethnic differences in educational attainment and differences between people who received a General Educational Development (GED) certificate and a high school diploma. These analy­ses use data collected in the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 2008 Panel from January through April of 2009, representing the civilian non-in­stitutionalized population of the United States. These analyses also use data from the SIPP 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2001, and 2004 Panels to examine changes over time.