Education and Qualifications


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

The education level and qualifications of persons aged 15 years and over, inside and outside the labour force, classified by occupational groups, industrial groups, regional and other geographic areas, socio-economic and group and social class, by age group, sex, nationality, place of birth, age fulltime education ceased, and branch of third level qualification. Information is supplied in the Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) classified by Census Enumeration Areas, Dáil Constituencies, Electoral Divisions, Gaeltacht Areas, Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts, Local Electoral Areas, Towns, Urban and Rural areas of each county.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


Census of Population


All persons aged 15 years and over.


Every 5 years

Reference period

A night in April of the relevant census year

Start date



About 18 months after the date of the census Classifications


  • Education level (broad)
    Primary (incl no formal education); Lower secondary; Upper secondary; Third level non-degree; Third level degree or higher; Not stated.
  • Education level (detailed)
    No formal education; Primary; Lower secondary; Upper secondary; Technical or Vocational; Both Upper Secondary and Technical or Vocational; Non-degree; Primary Degree; Professional qualification (of Degree status at least); Both a Degree and a Professional qualification; Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma; Postgraduate Degree (Masters); Doctorate (PhD); Not-stated.
  • Occupational group (intermediate)
    Farming, fishing and forestry workers; Electrical trades workers; Engineering and allied trades workers; Textile, clothing and leather workers; Food, drink and tobacco production workers; Chemical, paper, wood, rubber, plastics and printing workers; Other manufacturing workers; Building and construction workers; Managers and executives; Communication, warehouse and transport workers; Clerical and office workers; Sales occupations; Business and commerce occupations; Computer software occupations; Scientific and technical occupations; Health and related workers; Social workers and related occupations; Religious occupations; Other professional workers; Personal service and childcare workers; Teachers; Central and local government workers; Garda Síochána; Army occupations; Other gainful occupations; Looking for first regular job.
  • Economic sector (intermediate)
    Agriculture, forestry and fishing; Mining, quarrying and turf production Manufacturing industries (Food industries; Beverages and tobacco; Textiles, clothing, footwear and leather; Wood and wood products; Paper, paper products, printing and publishing; Chemical, rubber and plastic products; Glass, pottery and cement; Metals, metal products, machinery and engineering; Other manufacturing); Electricity, gas and water supply; Construction; Wholesale and retail trade; Hotels and restaurants; Transport, storage and communications; Banking and financial services; Real estate, renting and business activities; Public administration and defence; Education; Health and social work; Other community, social and personal service activities; Not stated.
  • Province
    Leinster; Munster; Connacht; Ulster (part).
  • Region (NUTS3)
    Border; Dublin; Mid-East; Midland; Mid-West; South-East; South-West; West
  • County or City
    The 34 administrative counties.
  • Socio-economic group
    Employers and managers; Higher professional; Lower professional; Non-manual; Manual skilled; Semi-skilled; Unskilled; Own account workers; Farmers; Agricultural workers; All others gainfully occupied and unknown.
  • Social class
    Professional workers; Managerial and technical; Non-manual; Skilled manual; Semi-skilled; Unskilled; All others gainfully occupied and unknown.
  • Nationality
    Irish; Non-Irish (United Kingdom; EU15 excl Ireland and the UK; EU15 to U25 accession states; Other).
  • Third level qualification
    Degree or higher; Non-degree; Not Stated.
  • Branch of third level qualification
    Education; Humanities and Arts; Social Sciences, Business, Law; Life Science, Physical Science, Mathematics and Statistics; Computing; Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction; Agriculture and Veterinary; Health; Social Services; Services; Not stated; Multiple subjects.


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