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Table P108. Number and percentage distribution of associate's degrees awarded by Title IV postsecondary institutions, by field of study: United States, selected years 2000 to 2010

Field of study 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010
             
Total count, all associate's
degrees
562,256 594,960 665,508 713,206 750,269 849,572
             
Academic Fields 216,762 239,741 264,519 282,730 294,838 336,619
Fine/performing arts 5,132 6,108 7,714 7,824 6,032 7,063
Humanities 1,268 1,444 1,451 1,528 1,716 1,939
Interdisciplinary studies 11,784 13,205 14,794 14,473 16,255 17,671
Letters/English 947 864 828 1,105 1,402 1,658
Liberal/general studies 187,454 207,163 227,650 244,689 254,012 284,775
Mathematics 675 685 801 753 855 1,051
Science 2,798 2,880 3,044 3,560 4,173 5,032
Social and behavioral sciences 6,704 7,392 8,237 8,798 10,393 17,430
             
Occupational Fields 345,494 355,219 400,989 430,476 455,431 512,953
Agriculture and natural resources 6,666 6,494 6,283 6,168 5,738 5,894
Business management 66,031 68,089 73,717 79,906 89,268 102,210
Business support 12,983 11,520 11,428 10,070 7,841 7,394
Communications and design 17,347 20,695 22,087 19,939 19,715 19,762
Computer and information sciences 28,185 40,145 41,888 31,260 28,296 32,470
Consumer services 17,752 19,007 24,260 27,384 26,195 27,734
Education 8,510 9,611 12,465 14,475 13,108 17,048
Eng., arch., & science tech. 47,056 43,375 41,525 35,058 34,454 37,353
Health sciences 86,692 82,408 106,243 135,006 155,922 177,729
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation 17,587 18,371 19,729 22,164 23,478 25,509
Marketing 7,092 7,148 6,991 6,991 7,457 7,306
Protective services 16,298 16,689 20,573 26,425 29,603 37,290
Public, legal, and social services 13,295 11,667 13,800 15,630 14,356 15,254
             
Total percentage distribution, all
associate's degrees
100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
             
Academic Fields 38.6 40.3 39.7 39.6 39.3 39.6
Fine/performing arts 0.9 1.0 1.2 1.1 0.8 0.8
Humanities 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Interdisciplinary studies 2.1 2.2 2.2 2.0 2.2 2.1
Letters/English 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2
Liberal/general studies 33.3 34.8 34.2 34.3 33.9 33.5
Mathematics 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Science 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6
Social and behavioral sciences 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.4 2.1
             
Occupational Fields 61.4 59.7 60.3 60.4 60.7 60.4
Agriculture and natural resources 1.2 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.7
Business management 11.7 11.4 11.1 11.2 11.9 12.0
Business support 2.3 1.9 1.7 1.4 1.0 0.9
Communications and design 3.1 3.5 3.3 2.8 2.6 2.3
Computer and information sciences 5.0 6.7 6.3 4.4 3.8 3.8
Consumer services 3.2 3.2 3.6 3.8 3.5 3.3
Education 1.5 1.6 1.9 2.0 1.7 2.0
Eng., arch., & science tech. 8.4 7.3 6.2 4.9 4.6 4.4
Health sciences 15.4 13.9 16.0 18.9 20.8 20.9
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.0
Marketing 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.9
Protective services 2.9 2.8 3.1 3.7 3.9 4.4
Public, legal, and social services 2.4 2.0 2.1 2.2 1.9 1.8
NOTE: The variables used in this table from the IPEDS Institutional Characteristics file are FIPS, PSET4FLG, SECTOR. This table includes only Title IV, postsecondary institutions (PSET4FLG EQ 1 [EQ 1 or 3, after 2008] and 1 GE SECTOR LE 9) that are located in the United States (FIPS LT 57). Title IV institutions are those with a written agreement with the Secretary of Education that allows the institutions to participate in any of the Title IV federal student financial assistance programs. The variables used in this table from the IPEDS Completions file are CIPCODE, AWLEVEL, MAJORNUM (EQ 1) and CTOTALT (or CRACE15 and CRACE16 for 2000, and CRACE24 for 2002). Data for a given year combine that year's Institutional Characteristics survey data (e.g., 2000-2001) with completions reported for the prior year (e.g., 1999-2000).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Institutional Characteristics (IC) and Completions Component, Selected years 2000 through 2010.
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