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Although one-half (51%) of adults aged 25 to 64 who identified as Inuit1 had not completed their high school education, more than one-third (36%) had a postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree. The highest level of educational attainment for 13% of Inuit people was a high school diploma.
An estimated 4% of Inuit had a university degree in 2006, up from 2% in 2001. A considerably larger share of Inuit (17%) had a college diploma, while 13% had a trades certificate.
Construction Trades was the most common field of study for Inuit with a trades certificate. Just over one-fifth (22%) of Inuit with a trades certificate had credentials in Construction Trades. One-quarter (26%) of Inuit college graduates studied in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services, while close to four in 10 (39%) Inuit university graduates had a degree in Education.
Table 8 Proportion of the top five fields of study of Inuit aged 25 to 64 by selected levels of educational attainment, Canada, 2006