MED Licensee Demographic Data
The 2019 General Assembly legislative session clarified MED's authority to disclose aggregate demographic information of licensees. Any of this information collected historically has only been used for purposes of verifying identity. Furthermore, the data fields for race/ethnicity and gender on MED applications have been optional.
As MED has continued to engage in discussions around social equity initiatives, MED staff members have periodically received requests to review demographic data. In response to such requests and in light of legislative updates clarifying the MED's authority to collect and share demographic data on an aggregate basis, the MED is re-initiating its efforts to obtain this information from applicants on a voluntary basis.
In conjunction with these data collection efforts that may also inform ongoing social equity discussions, MED staff also initiated a manual review of applications culminating in 2018 to provide initial data points. We believe this 2018 data, while incomplete, can inform broader social equity conversations and provide some useful context for understanding the social equity picture.
Occupational Licensee Demographic Data (2018):
- MED compiled 2018 licensee demographic data - the most recent full annual data set available and reviewed. At the time there were three occupational license types: associated key (owner), key and support. As of January 1, 2020, there are now two: owner and employee.
- 2018 gender data: responses on over 99% of occupational licensee applicants.
- Women held over 39% of support licenses, almost 32% of key licenses and about 22% of associated key licenses. Overall, women held a little more than 36% of all occupational licenses in Colorado.
- 2018 Application Race/Ethnicity Options:
- Mixed Race
- Native American
- Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
- Over 26% of applicants did not disclose race/ethnicity, so the following percentages were based on the responses submitted:
- Caucasians held 70% of support licenses, compared to almost 6% for blacks and 15% for Hispanic/Latino
- Caucasians held 79% of key licenses, compared to a little over 3% for blacks and 11% for Hispanic/Latino
- Caucasians held 88% of associated key licenses, compared to slightly over 2% for blacks and 5% for Hispanic/Latino