Digest of Education Statistics
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Table 10. Persons age 25 and over who hold a bachelor's or higher degree, by sex, race/ethnicity, age group, and field of bachelor's degree: 2009
Field of bachelor's degree Total Sex Race/ethnicity Age
Males Females White Black Hispanic Asian/ Pacific Islander American Indian/ Alaska Native 25 to 29 years old 30 to 49 years old 50 years old and over
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12
Total population, 25 and over                                            
(in thousands) 201,998 (49.3) 97,493 (28.6) 104,505 (29.7) 139,972 (16.8) 22,537 (21.7) 26,116 (15.9) 9,582 (16.0) 1,182 (10.7) 21,459 (20.9) 84,501 (30.0) 96,038 (31.7)
                                             
Percent of population with
   bachelor's degree
27.9 (0.01) 28.4 (0.07) 27.4 (0.06) 31.1 (0.06) 17.7 (0.12) 12.7 (0.11) 48.9 (0.23) 13.7 (0.33) 29.9 (0.14) 30.3 (0.09) 25.3 (0.06)
                                             
Bachelor's degree holders Number (in thousands)
Total 56,375 (126.9) 27,692 (70.4) 28,682 (71.4) 43,510 (84.1) 3,993 (26.4) 3,309 (28.1) 4,685 (23.3) 162 (4.3) 6,418 (30.8) 25,617 (75.5) 24,340 (57.1)
Agriculture/forestry 619 (7.6) 448 (6.5) 171 (4.3) 531 (7.3) 19 (1.5) 26 (1.8) 38 (2.0) 1 (0.4) 59 (2.9) 262 (4.7) 299 (5.6)
Art/architecture 2,606 (16.8) 1,125 (12.9) 1,481 (12.9) 2,094 (15.5) 108 (3.7) 159 (4.9) 197 (5.0) 6 (1.0) 391 (8.5) 1,232 (12.9) 983 (10.6)
Business/management 11,292 (38.6) 6,572 (29.4) 4,720 (23.1) 8,547 (32.0) 925 (13.8) 776 (11.5) 888 (9.7) 30 (2.0) 1,291 (13.7) 5,760 (28.0) 4,241 (22.1)
Communications 1,984 (17.5) 846 (9.7) 1,138 (12.8) 1,594 (16.9) 165 (5.5) 115 (4.6) 73 (2.9) 5 (0.8) 372 (8.5) 1,139 (12.6) 473 (8.0)
Computer and information sciences 1,495 (16.3) 1,057 (13.3) 439 (6.6) 910 (12.1) 145 (5.0) 96 (4.4) 315 (7.2) 3 (0.5) 259 (6.2) 972 (12.7) 265 (5.6)
Education 7,974 (36.0) 1,998 (18.2) 5,976 (28.9) 6,633 (27.7) 585 (9.0) 408 (7.9) 250 (5.6) 26 (1.7) 577 (8.7) 2,494 (17.4) 4,902 (26.8)
Engineering 4,453 (24.0) 3,882 (21.0) 570 (8.8) 3,101 (20.2) 166 (4.4) 305 (7.3) 819 (11.2) 9 (1.4) 436 (8.6) 2,099 (14.0) 1,917 (13.8)
English/literature 1,953 (15.3) 674 (8.4) 1,279 (11.4) 1,623 (14.0) 104 (3.9) 73 (3.8) 122 (4.4) 4 (0.7) 200 (5.3) 812 (9.9) 942 (10.3)
Foreign languages 618 (8.6) 179 (5.0) 439 (6.7) 477 (8.1) 21 (1.9) 53 (2.6) 56 (2.7) 1 (0.3) 68 (3.3) 250 (6.1) 301 (5.7)
Health sciences 3,806 (23.9) 697 (9.7) 3,109 (22.2) 2,843 (20.3) 304 (6.7) 183 (4.9) 424 (7.9) 12 (1.2) 348 (6.8) 1,714 (14.8) 1,744 (16.1)
Liberal arts/humanities 1,016 (11.8) 415 (7.6) 601 (9.2) 778 (10.8) 69 (3.3) 75 (2.9) 71 (3.3) 5 (0.6) 117 (4.4) 456 (7.8) 443 (7.7)
Mathematics/statistics 868 (10.0) 522 (7.3) 346 (6.5) 678 (8.3) 47 (2.4) 31 (2.2) 101 (3.9) 2 (0.4) 70 (3.2) 325 (6.8) 473 (6.3)
Natural sciences (biological and
   physical)
3,845 (24.8) 2,296 (17.9) 1,549 (14.6) 2,906 (19.9) 197 (5.3) 177 (5.3) 505 (7.4) 9 (1.1) 455 (7.2) 1,755 (16.2) 1,635 (13.4)
Philosophy/religion/theology 804 (11.4) 561 (8.6) 243 (5.4) 647 (10.5) 60 (3.1) 37 (2.7) 46 (2.3) 2 (0.6) 89 (4.0) 297 (7.1) 419 (7.1)
Pre-professional 815 (11.6) 509 (8.8) 306 (6.5) 586 (9.2) 122 (4.5) 72 (3.4) 18 (1.7) 6 (0.9) 135 (4.5) 472 (8.3) 209 (4.9)
Psychology 2,576 (17.5) 843 (10.4) 1,733 (14.4) 2,015 (15.7) 210 (5.6) 174 (4.5) 124 (4.5) 10 (1.1) 371 (7.6) 1,239 (12.8) 965 (8.3)
Social sciences/history 5,626 (29.3) 3,223 (18.5) 2,403 (18.4) 4,483 (22.9) 386 (7.4) 305 (6.5) 359 (7.7) 15 (1.4) 645 (9.0) 2,445 (18.9) 2,536 (18.8)
Other fields 4,022 (26.1) 1,844 (16.0) 2,178 (20.3) 3,065 (21.5) 359 (8.4) 244 (6.7) 279 (6.2) 18 (1.4) 535 (8.8) 1,895 (17.8) 1,592 (13.4)
  Percentage distribution, by field
Total 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†) 100.0 (†)
Agriculture/forestry 1.1 (0.01) 1.6 (0.02) 0.6 (0.01) 1.2 (0.02) 0.5 (0.04) 0.8 (0.05) 0.8 (0.04) 0.8 (0.23) 0.9 (0.04) 1.0 (0.02) 1.2 (0.02)
Art/architecture 4.6 (0.03) 4.1 (0.05) 5.2 (0.04) 4.8 (0.03) 2.7 (0.09) 4.8 (0.15) 4.2 (0.11) 3.5 (0.61) 6.1 (0.13) 4.8 (0.05) 4.0 (0.04)
Business/management 20.0 (0.06) 23.7 (0.10) 16.5 (0.07) 19.6 (0.07) 23.2 (0.29) 23.4 (0.30) 19.0 (0.19) 18.6 (1.09) 20.1 (0.18) 22.5 (0.09) 17.4 (0.09)
Communications 3.5 (0.03) 3.1 (0.03) 4.0 (0.04) 3.7 (0.04) 4.1 (0.13) 3.5 (0.13) 1.6 (0.06) 2.8 (0.48) 5.8 (0.13) 4.4 (0.05) 1.9 (0.03)
Computer and information sciences 2.7 (0.03) 3.8 (0.04) 1.5 (0.02) 2.1 (0.03) 3.6 (0.13) 2.9 (0.13) 6.7 (0.16) 1.7 (0.33) 4.0 (0.09) 3.8 (0.05) 1.1 (0.02)
Education 14.1 (0.05) 7.2 (0.06) 20.8 (0.09) 15.2 (0.06) 14.6 (0.17) 12.3 (0.22) 5.3 (0.11) 16.2 (1.00) 9.0 (0.13) 9.7 (0.06) 20.1 (0.09)
Engineering 7.9 (0.04) 14.0 (0.07) 2.0 (0.03) 7.1 (0.04) 4.2 (0.11) 9.2 (0.20) 17.5 (0.22) 5.3 (0.86) 6.8 (0.12) 8.2 (0.05) 7.9 (0.06)
English/literature 3.5 (0.03) 2.4 (0.03) 4.5 (0.04) 3.7 (0.03) 2.6 (0.10) 2.2 (0.11) 2.6 (0.09) 2.4 (0.41) 3.1 (0.08) 3.2 (0.04) 3.9 (0.04)
Foreign languages 1.1 (0.01) 0.6 (0.02) 1.5 (0.02) 1.1 (0.02) 0.5 (0.05) 1.6 (0.08) 1.2 (0.06) 0.6 (0.19) 1.1 (0.05) 1.0 (0.02) 1.2 (0.02)
Health sciences 6.8 (0.04) 2.5 (0.03) 10.8 (0.07) 6.5 (0.04) 7.6 (0.16) 5.5 (0.14) 9.0 (0.16) 7.4 (0.70) 5.4 (0.11) 6.7 (0.05) 7.2 (0.06)
Liberal arts/humanities 1.8 (0.02) 1.5 (0.03) 2.1 (0.03) 1.8 (0.03) 1.7 (0.08) 2.3 (0.09) 1.5 (0.07) 2.8 (0.38) 1.8 (0.07) 1.8 (0.03) 1.8 (0.03)
Mathematics/statistics 1.5 (0.02) 1.9 (0.03) 1.2 (0.02) 1.6 (0.02) 1.2 (0.06) 0.9 (0.07) 2.2 (0.08) 1.2 (0.25) 1.1 (0.05) 1.3 (0.03) 1.9 (0.03)
Natural sciences (biological and
   physical)
6.8 (0.04) 8.3 (0.06) 5.4 (0.05) 6.7 (0.04) 4.9 (0.13) 5.4 (0.14) 10.8 (0.15) 5.3 (0.64) 7.1 (0.10) 6.9 (0.06) 6.7 (0.05)
Philosophy/religion/theology 1.4 (0.02) 2.0 (0.03) 0.8 (0.02) 1.5 (0.02) 1.5 (0.08) 1.1 (0.08) 1.0 (0.05) 1.5 (0.36) 1.4 (0.06) 1.2 (0.03) 1.7 (0.03)
Pre-professional 1.4 (0.02) 1.8 (0.03) 1.1 (0.02) 1.3 (0.02) 3.1 (0.11) 2.2 (0.10) 0.4 (0.04) 3.7 (0.52) 2.1 (0.07) 1.8 (0.03) 0.9 (0.02)
Psychology 4.6 (0.03) 3.0 (0.04) 6.0 (0.05) 4.6 (0.04) 5.3 (0.14) 5.3 (0.13) 2.7 (0.10) 6.0 (0.61) 5.8 (0.12) 4.8 (0.05) 4.0 (0.03)
Social sciences/history 10.0 (0.05) 11.6 (0.06) 8.4 (0.06) 10.3 (0.05) 9.7 (0.18) 9.2 (0.18) 7.7 (0.15) 9.5 (0.89) 10.1 (0.13) 9.5 (0.07) 10.4 (0.07)
Other fields 7.1 (0.04) 6.7 (0.05) 7.6 (0.07) 7.0 (0.05) 9.0 (0.22) 7.4 (0.19) 6.0 (0.13) 10.9 (0.80) 8.3 (0.13) 7.4 (0.07) 6.5 (0.05)
†Not applicable.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2009, unpublished tabulations. (This table was prepared April 2012.)

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