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Help and FAQs - Education and Training


  1. What is the Education and Training Finder?
  2. How do I use the Education and Training Finder?
  3. What is meant by 'Education Level'?
  4. How are occupations matched to education and training information?
  5. What is the source of the Education and Training data?
  6. How often is the information gathered?
  7. How do I use the Education and Training Finder keyword search?
  8. What should I do if I can't find the institution I am looking for?
  9. How do I view the details of the institutions?
  10. Does the Education and Training Finder provide contact information for each institution?
  11. How do I find a map and driving directions for the institution I am interested in?
  12. What do Public and Private for-profit mean as an 'Institution Type'?
  13. Does the information tell me if an institution is publicly-funded or a private for-profit institution?
  14. Can I find the total enrollment of an institution?
  15. Can I find details about a selected occupation without going to the beginning of the Occupation Profile tool?
  16. Can I save my Education and Training Finder results?
  17. Does the Education and Training Finder provide information about degrees offered at institutions?
  18. What is a Professional degree?
  19. Can I get to an institutions website from the information provided in the Education and Training Finder tool?
  20. Can I change my Education and Training Finder selections without starting over?
  21. What does postsecondary education mean?
  22. How can I have my institution listed on the Education and Training finder?


  1. What is the Education and Training Finder?
    The Education and Training Finder is a tool that provides education resources by occupation, institutional program, and institution name at the state and local level.

  2. How do I use the Education and Training Finder?
    From the Education and Training Finder starting page, search for education and training resources by selecting an occupation, or by using the keyword search. Keywords can be for an occupation, an instructional program, or an institution name. Follow the instructions for each page to produce the education and training finder results page.

  3. What is meant by 'Education Level'?
    In the Education and Training Finder three levels are used; 'Four or more years' 'At least 2 but less than 4 years' and 'Less than 2 years (below associate)'.
    'Four or more years' includes a doctoral degree, a master's degree and a bachelor's degree, 'At least 2 but less than 4 years' includes associate degrees, and 'Less than 2 years (below associate)' includes vocational on-the-job-training and vocational awards such as certificates.

  4. How are occupations matched to education and training information?
    Occupations are matched to instructional programs that best describe the education or training needed by most workers to become fully qualified for that occupation.

  5. What is the source of the Education and Training data?
    The Education and Training Finder data are collected by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from institutions and educational organizations that provide postsecondary education. IPEDS data are gathered through interrelated surveys that collect institution-level data in such areas as enrollments, program completions, faculty, staff, and finances.

  6. How often is the information gathered?
    IPEDS education and training information is updated annually.

  7. How do I use the Education and Training Finder keyword search?
    Steps for using the Education and Training Finder keyword search:
    1. Select the 'Search by Keyword' tab in the Education and Training Finder tool.
    2. Enter a word or words in the keyword box. At least three characters must be entered in the keyword box.
    3. Select the type of search: 'any word' 'all words', or 'exact phrase'.
    4. Select the field of search; 'Occupation', 'Instructional Program', or 'Institution Name'.
    5. Select an occupation or instructional program from the results box. Or if searching by institution name, select an institution from the list of institutions.
    (Note: While entering a keyword when searching by occupation, suggestions of occupations based on the keyword entry will be provided).

  8. What should I do if I can't find the institution I am looking for?
    Use the keyword tab to search for an institution by occupation, instructional program, or institution name.

  9. How do I view the details of the institutions?
    From the results page, select the icon in the 'View Details' column across from the institution name.

  10. Does the Education and Training Finder provide contact information for each institution?
    Yes, the institution information page, viewed by selecting the 'View Details' icon next to an institution, contains phone numbers for general information, the financial aid office, and the admissions office, as well as a link to the institution's Web site if available.

  11. How do I find a map and driving directions for the institution I am interested in?
    The institution information page, viewed by selecting the 'View Details' icon for an institution, contains an icon that has a button labeled 'View Map and Driving Directions.' Select this button to view a map of the institution location and enter your address to get driving directions.

  12. What do Public and Private for-profit mean as an 'Institution Type'?
    Public means that the institution is partially funded with state tax dollars. Students pay a tuition fee at these institutions. Private-for profit means that the institution receives no state financial assistance and that the institution is run as a business. Students pay for the full cost of their education at these institutions.

  13. Does the information tell me if an institution is publicly-funded or a private for-profit institution?
    Yes, the institution information page, viewed by selecting the 'View Details' icon for an institution, identifies public or private status in the 'Institution Type' field.

  14. Can I find the total enrollment of an institution?
    Yes, the institution information page, viewed by selecting the 'View Details' icon for an institution, lists 'Total Enrollment' for each institution.

  15. Can I find details about a selected occupation without going to the beginning of the Occupation Profile tool?
    Yes, the institution information page, viewed by selecting the 'View Details' icon for an institution, has a link to the Occupation Profile tool. Select the 'Occupation' displayed on the institution information page.

  16. Can I save my Education and Training Finder results?
    Yes, the institution information page and the results page have a 'Save this report as Microsoft Word or HTML' link at the bottom of both pages.

  17. Does the Education and Training Finder provide information about degrees offered at institutions?
    Yes, the institution information page, viewed by selecting the 'View Details' icon for an institution, lists the degrees offered.

  18. What is a Professional degree?
    Professional degrees are graduate degrees that are required for the practice of certain occupations. They are most commonly offered in the fields of medicine, law, and theology and the recipients are generally designated as holders of a medical degree, law degree, or divinity degree respectively. The U. S. Department of Education refers to these as First-professional degrees.

  19. Can I get to an institutions website from the information provided in the Education and Training Finder tool?
    Yes, the institution information page, viewed by selecting the 'View Details' icon for an institution, links the user to an institution by: 1. making the institution name a link to the institution, and 2. by providing the institution website address in the 'Location' section.

  20. Can I change my Education and Training Finder selections without starting over?
    Yes, the results page and institution information pages both contain a 'Selected Criteria' section. Any selected criteria listed in this section can be changed without losing the other criteria already selected.

  21. What does postsecondary education mean?
    Postsecondary education means education past the K - 12 or high school level.

  22. How can I have my institution listed on the Education and Training finder?
    Institutional information comes from the U. S. Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data (IPEDS) system. All institutions that participate in or are applicants for participation in any Federal financial assistance program authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, submit information by completing an annual information survey mandated by 20 U.S.C. 1094, Section 487(a)(17).


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