Each year, associations provide millions of American workers across every industry and state with critical post-college skills training required for professional success and career advancement. Associations proactively and purposefully create centralized training programs, certifications and standards to ensure individuals, industries and society-at-large benefit from a strong and vibrant workforce.
- Of the 57 million adults in America who take formal work-related courses or training each year, 9.7 million receive that training from a professional association.
- In total, associations account for more than 315,000 meetings held in the U.S. each year, with 59.5 million participants in attendance.
- 88% of associations, regardless of type or size, report sponsoring an annual meeting or exhibition, with a median attendance of 803 registrants.
- 52% of associations report holding other regularly scheduled meetings on specific topics throughout the year.
Source: IRS Data Book 2022; NAICS (North American Industry Classification System), U.S. Census Bureau