Percentage of jobholders holding Hauptschulabschluss, Realschulabschluss or Abitur in Germany:[4]

  1970 1982 1991 2000  
Hauptschulabschluss 87.7% 79.3% 66.5% 54.9% Hauptschulabschluss have obtained their leaving certificate at the age of 15/16, they can go into practical vocational training, start work in the public service at basic or secretarial level, or attend a Berufsfachschule (full-time vocational school).
Realschulabschluss 10.9% 17.7% 27% 34.1% roughly comparable with the American high school diploma[1] or the British GCSE. It is regularly awarded after ten years of schooling.
Abitur/ Gymnasium 1.4% 3% 6.5% 11% The gymnasium (German pronunciation: [ɡʏmˈnaːzi̯ʊm]; German plural: Gymnasien), in the German education system, is a type of secondary school with a strong emphasis on academic learning, comparable with the British grammar school system or with prep schools in the United States. The student attending a gymnasium is called "Gymnasiast" (German plural: "Gymnasiasten"). In 2009/10 there were 3094 gymnasien in Germany, with c. 2,475,000 students (about 28 percent of all precollegiate students during that period), resulting in an average student number of 800 students per school.[1] Gymnasien are generally public, state-funded schools, but a number of parochial and private gymnasien also exists.