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Table B03. Number of 200304 beginning postsecondary students who were not enrolled after 6 years and percentage distribution of their labor force status, by field of study when last enrolled, completion status, and highest credential attained: 2009
Field of study and highest credential attained Number
(in thousands)
  Labor force status   Of those employed,
percent in
job related
to major
 
In labor force   Not in
labor
force
2
Employed   Unem-
ployed
1
                     
All fields of study                    
All levels                    
Completers 1,259   84.5   12.0   3.5   68.9  
Noncompleters 1,398   75.1   15.1   9.8   39.0  
Certificate                    
Completers 287   76.7   17.1   6.2   67.9  
Noncompleters 155   61.9   25.1   13.0   54.4  
Associate's degree                    
Completers 218   84.4   11.3   4.4   65.9  
Noncompleters 756   76.4   14.2   9.4   37.3  
Bachelor's degree                    
Completers 754   87.5   10.3   2.2   69.6  
Noncompleters 319   79.1   12.8   8.2   40.4  
                     
Career/technical fields of study3                    
All levels                    
Completers 889   86.0   11.0   3.0   74.5  
Noncompleters 685   77.4   13.8   8.8   42.3  
Certificate                    
Completers 207   77.7   16.6   5.8   68.5  
Noncompleters 74   63.5   25.9   10.6   58.5  
Associate's degree                    
Completers 168   85.9   9.7   4.4   71.1  
Noncompleters 392   78.1   12.5   9.4   39.8  
Bachelor's degree                    
Completers 515   89.4   9.3   1.4   76.2  
Noncompleters 171   82.3   10.2   7.5   44.7  
                     
Academic fields of study4                    
All levels                    
Completers 282   82.0   13.5   4.5   52.8  
Noncompleters 225   76.1   14.8   9.1   29.4  
Certificate                    
Completers 16   66.6   19.1 ! 14.3    
Noncompleters 30   56.0   28.6   15.4 !  
Associate's degree                    
Completers 29   78.6   18.4     36.6  
Noncompleters 111   78.6   14.5   7.0   29.3  
Bachelor's degree                    
Completers 238   83.4   12.5   4.0   54.2  
Noncompleters 74   79.0   10.6   10.3   30.3  
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Not employed and looking for work.
2 Not employed and not looking for work.
3 Career/technical fields include agriculture and natural resources; architecture and related services; business and marketing; visual and performing arts; communications, journalism, and related technologies; computer and information sciences; construction trades; education; engineering, engineering technologies, and related fields; family, consumer sciences and human sciences; health sciences; legal professions and studies; mechanic and repair technologies and technicians; parks, recreation, and leisure and fitness studies; precision production; personal and culinary services; public administration and social service; homeland security, law enforcement and protective services; and transportation and materials moving.
4 Academic fields include area, ethnic, cultural and group studies; biological and biomedical sciences; English language, literature, and letters; foreign languages and literature and linguistics; mathematics and statistics; multi and interdisciplinary studies; philosophy, theology, and religious studies; physical sciences; psychology; science technologies and technicians; social sciences and history; general studies and liberal arts and sciences; and humanities.
NOTE: "Completers" include all students who earned a given credential, regardless of their initial credential goal. "Noncompleters" includes all students who were initially seeking a given credential but left school without earning any credential. For noncompleters, the number of students at each degree level will not equal the numbers for "All levels" because the latter estimate includes students who did not initially enroll in a degree program. Estimates for "All fields of study" also include students whose major was undeclared. Estimates include students enrolled in Title IV eligible postsecondary institutions in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. These estimates were previously published in NCES report #2012-256, "Occupational and Academic Majors in Postsecondary Education: 6-Year Education and Employment Outcomes, 2001 and 2009."
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study, Second Follow-up (BPS:04/09).

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