June 6, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Education and occupations of the foreign born in 2011

Percent distribution of the foreign born and native born age 25 or older in the U.S. labor force by educational attainment, annual averages, 2011
Educational attainment Foreign born Native born


100.0 100.0

Less than a high school diploma

25.5 5.3

High school graduates, no college

25.3 28.7

Some college or associate degree

17.5 29.9

Bachelor's degree and higher

31.7 36.1

Percent of foreign-born and native-born men and women employed in each occupational group, annual averages, 2011
Men Women
Foreign born Native born Foreign born Native born

Total employed

100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Management, business, and financial operations

11.2 17.7 10.7 14.8

Professional and related

15.4 18.4 20.9 27.9


19.3 13.7 32.2 19.4

Sales and office

12.6 17.6 24.5 32.6

Natural resources, construction, and maintenance

21.8 15.7 1.5 0.7

Production, transportation, and material moving

19.8 16.9 10.1 4.7

These data are featured in the TED article, Education and occupations of the foreign born in 2011.



Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.