In 2020, some 13 012 federal diplomas of higher education were awarded after a federal examination. The federal professional diploma examination is aimed at initial specialisation and enhancement of knowledge following vocational education. Students who pass this are awarded a federal diploma of higher education, the qualification usually required for admission to the advanced federal professional diploma examination.
|Total||8 932||12 251||13 137||14 835||13 012|
|Male||5 795||8 229||8 028||9 178||7 768|
|Female||3 137||4 022||5 109||5 657||5 244|
Data as of: June 2021
The number of federal diplomas of higher education increased overall by around 45% between 2000 and 2020. The increase was more marked for women: almost twice as many women obtained a diploma in 2020 than in 2000. Nevertheless, the proportion of women in federal professional diploma examinations is only about 40%.
The five educational fields with the most diplomas (Management and Administration, Wholesale and retail sales, Protection of persons and property, Building and civil engineering, Accounting and taxation) account for half of all federal professional diploma examinations. The first two educational fields show a more or less even gender distribution, as one would expect from commercial activities. In contrast, areas for instance in the fields of electricity and energy or building present a clear male dominance, as in the vocational education and training.