Which state has the highest percentage of parents with no medical degree?
By JOHN DAVENPORT, Associated Press A new national survey found that while about a quarter of parents who have a bachelor’s degree are in the workforce, fewer than half of parents earning at least a master’s degree earn that credential.
The survey, by the National Bureau of Economic Research, asked 1,096 adults who had graduated from high school, or some college or university, whether they had worked full-time in the past year or whether they were working part-time or part-year.
The percentage of adults with a bachelor degree or higher was nearly seven times higher in the Northeast and about 14 times higher than in the South and Midwest, the report said.
The survey also found that the majority of parents without a college degree said they had been employed full- or part time, but nearly a third said they were not.
Nearly six in 10 parents with a master or doctorate degree did not have any college degree, the survey said.
More than one in five parents with doctorates and master’s degrees reported working part time or part year, but not full-year as many as those with less than a high school diploma.
More than half, or 56 percent, of parents said they did not work part- or full-monthly or weekdays.
More children than adults have a high-school diploma or less.
The number of children with a high degree has been falling in recent years, as fewer states and families with young children and the aging of the baby boomer generation move into higher-paying careers.
Nearly three-quarters of the adults who did not earn a college diploma said they worked part- time or weekends, and one-third said they got their degree by completing a degree program.
The AP-NORC Center for Children and Families said the survey findings highlight the need for greater flexibility for parents and caregivers in the workplace and a focus on high-quality education for young children.
The study is based on telephone interviews with 905 adults in the U.S. and 704 in Germany.
In Germany, the national census conducted in May 2012 found that 48.5 percent of adults aged 25 to 34 had not completed high school.
About one in 10 adults in Germany have not completed a bachelor of arts degree, according to the report.
In addition to the survey results, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes and the National Center for Education Statistics released a report in August that said more than half the students in America who have received a college or a master of science degree from a U.K.-based university are still in school.
The new study found that one-quarter of American parents said their children have received no college or master’s, compared with one-fifth of parents in Germany and one in six in the United Kingdom.