Table E-46-1. Number, percentage, and percentage distribution of young adults ages 25 to 34 with a bachelor's or higher degree, by undergraduate field of study, sex, race/ethnicity, nativity, and citizenship status: 2010
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Table E-46-1.  Number, percentage, and percentage distribution of young adults ages 25 to 34 with a bachelor's or higher degree, by undergraduate field of study, sex, race/ethnicity, nativity, and citizenship status: 2010

Sex, race/ethnicity, nativity,
and citizenship status
Population of young adults ages 25 to 34 Percent of population with a bachelor's or higher degree   Total   Bachelor's degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field   Bachelor's degree in a non-STEM field
    Total Agriculture/ natural resources   Architecture   Computer and information sciences   Engineering/ engineering technologies   Biology/ biomedical sciences   Mathematics/
statistics
  Physical sciences   Health professions/ clinical sciences   Total Business   Education   All other fields of study
Total1 40,886,000 31.2   100.0   29.1 1.7   0.7   4.1   7.7   5.7   1.2   1.8   6.2   70.9 20.1   9.4   41.4
Sex                                                        
Male 20,494,000 27.3   100.0   35.3 2.1   1.0   6.8   13.6   5.4   1.5   2.4   2.5   64.7 22.9   4.5   37.3
Female 20,392,000 35.2   100.0   24.3 1.4   0.5   2.1   3.0   5.9   1.0   1.4   9.1   75.7 18.0   13.2   44.6
                                                         
Race/ethnicity                                                        
White 23,713,000 37.4   100.0   26.0 2.0   0.7   3.0   6.1   5.4   1.1   1.7   6.0   74.0 19.7   10.9   43.4
Black 5,168,000 19.0   100.0   25.5 0.7   0.5   4.3   4.9   4.9   0.9   1.4   7.8   74.5 23.7   8.0   42.8
Hispanic 8,397,000 13.0   100.0   25.2 1.0   1.2   3.7   7.7   4.5   0.9   1.3   4.8   74.8 22.4   8.8   43.6
Asian 2,431,000 62.3   100.0   51.9 0.8   0.9   10.6   18.9   8.3   2.0   3.2   7.3   48.1 18.8   2.5   26.7
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 76,000 13.9   100.0                   74.2 21.3   5.7 ! 47.2
American Indian/Alaska Native2 277,000 12.1   100.0   29.2 4.3     2.7 ! 8.3   5.6     2.2 ! 5.1   70.8 19.9   13.4   37.4
American Indian 229,000 12.1   100.0   28.1 4.8       8.2   4.9     2.2 ! 5.0 ! 71.9 20.0   14.3   37.7
Alaska Native 15,000   100.0                      
Two or more races 735,000 32.5   100.0   29.9 1.0   0.6   4.2   7.4   7.4   1.3   2.4   5.5   70.1 17.8   5.6   46.7
                                                         
Race/ethnicity by sex                                                        
Male                                                        
White 11,969,000 32.9   100.0   31.2 2.5   1.0   5.6   11.2   5.0   1.5   2.2   2.1   68.8 23.8   5.1   39.9
Black 2,438,000 14.9   100.0   29.1 0.9   1.0   7.0   9.5   4.5   1.1   2.0   3.1   70.9 25.9   5.6   39.4
Hispanic 4,376,000 10.5   100.0   33.5 1.4   1.8   6.3   14.1   4.7   1.4   1.9   2.1   66.5 23.2   4.5   38.8
Asian 1,133,000 61.2   100.0   62.7 0.7   0.8   13.7   29.2   7.9   2.2   3.8   4.2   37.3 16.3   0.8   20.3
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 40,000 15.7   100.0         6.9 !         77.4 28.0     46.4
American Indian/Alaska Native2 137,000 10.2   100.0   46.4 7.9 !   6.1 ! 14.2   10.5     4.3 !   53.6 18.7   3.9 ! 31.1
American Indian 113,000 10.6   100.0   44.8 8.3 !     15.7   9.4 !       55.2 18.1   4.5 ! 32.6
Alaska Native 6,000   100.0                      
Two or more races 358,000 29.6   100.0   35.9 1.0 ! 0.7 ! 7.4   12.4   6.7   0.9 ! 3.5   3.2   64.1 19.9   4.0   40.2
                                                         
Female                                                        
White 11,744,000 41.9   100.0   21.9 1.6   0.5   1.0   1.9   5.7   0.9   1.3   9.1   78.1 16.5   15.5   46.2
Black 2,730,000 22.7   100.0   23.3 0.6   0.2   2.8   2.1   5.2   0.8   1.1   10.5   76.7 22.4   9.4   44.8
Hispanic 4,021,000 15.8   100.0   19.2 0.8   0.9   1.8   3.1   4.3   0.6   0.9   6.7   80.8 21.8   11.9   47.1
Asian 1,298,000 63.3   100.0   42.9 0.8   0.9   8.0   10.2   8.7   1.8   2.7   9.8   57.1 20.9   4.0   32.1
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 36,000 11.9   100.0   30.6       9.7         5.1   69.4 11.1 !   48.6
American Indian/Alaska Native2 140,000 13.9   100.0   17.0       4.1   2.0 !     7.8   83.0 20.9   20.2   42.0
American Indian 116,000 13.5   100.0   15.3                 84.7 21.4   21.8   41.6
Alaska Native 8,000   100.0                      
Two or more races 377,000 35.3   100.0   25.2 1.0   0.6 ! 1.7   3.4   7.9   1.7   1.5   7.3   74.8 16.1   6.9   51.8
                                                         
Nativity                                                        
Hispanic                                                        
Born within the United States3 4,036,000 18.1   100.0   21.3 1.1   0.9   3.2   5.1   4.7   0.7   1.0   4.6   78.7 21.2   8.7   48.8
Born outside the United States 4,361,000 8.3   100.0   33.2 1.0   2.0   4.6   13.1   4.0   1.3   2.0   5.2   66.8 24.8   8.9   33.1
                                                         
Asian                                                        
Born within the United States3 647,000 60.6   100.0   37.9 0.9   0.8   5.8   10.0   10.9   1.5   1.6   6.4   62.1 20.0   2.7   39.4
Born outside the United States 1,784,000 62.9   100.0   56.8 0.7   0.9   12.3   22.0   7.4   2.2   3.8   7.6   43.2 18.4   2.5   22.3
                                                         
Citizenship status                                                        
U.S.-born citizen 33,020,000 32.0   100.0   25.3 1.8   0.7   3.0   5.7   5.4   1.1   1.5   6.0   74.7 20.0   10.4   44.3
Naturalized citizen 2,053,000 37.9   100.0   37.8 0.5   0.9   8.0   8.9   7.9   1.4   2.1   8.1   62.2 25.2   4.1   32.9
Noncitizen 5,814,000 24.6   100.0   52.3 1.1   1.1   10.1   21.5   6.1   2.2   3.8   6.4   47.7 18.7   4.3   24.7
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
‡ Reporting standards not met. There are either too few cases or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately in the table.
2 Includes persons reporting American Indian alone, Alaska Native alone, and persons from American Indian and/or Alaska Native tribes specified or unspecified.
3 Born within the United States includes the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Marianas, and those born abroad of American parents.
NOTE: Estimates are for the entire population in the indicated age range, including persons in both households and group quarters. A household includes all the persons who occupy a housing unit. A group quarters is a nontypical household-type living arrangement where people live or stay in a group living arrangement that is owned or managed by an entity or organization providing housing and/or services for the residents. Group quarters include such places as college residence halls, residential treatment centers, skilled nursing facilities, group homes, military barracks, correctional facilities, and workers’ dormitories. Respondents were allowed to indicate two major undergraduate fields of study; data reflect the first reported field of study. STEM fields, as defined here, include agriculture and natural resources, biology and biomedical sciences, computer and information sciences, engineering and engineering technologies, health professions and clinical sciences, mathematics and statistics, and physical sciences and science technologies. This indicator provides information on the percentage of graduates in undergraduate STEM fields, but does not provide an indication of the percentage of graduates in other fields who also took significant amounts of STEM coursework or those who have a second major in a STEM field. Data are assembled based on major field aggregations. In the major field aggregations that were not classified as STEM, some individual fields could be classified as STEM (such as econometrics within social sciences and history). Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 2010.
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