Michigan ranks 33rd in terms of critical skills degrees and certificates awarded. The state lags behind the “Top Ten” and peer state averages.
What It Is: Total critical skills degrees and certificates conferred divided by the working age population (ages 20 through 64, inclusive).
Why It Matters: These degrees especially prepare students for high-skilled occupations, particularly in the STEM fields, which are the types of jobs Michigan expects to increase in the future.
Note: Higher education institutions include all public and private degree-granting institutions. Differences in this year’s data reflect revisions as a result of newer data being collected.