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Table P46. Percentage distribution of credential-seeking undergraduates in career education, by sex, race/ethnicity, age, credential goal, and career field of study: 2007–08
Credential goal and career field of study   Number of career education students   Sex   Race/ethnicity1   Age
  Total Male   Female     Total White   Black   Asian/ Pacific Islander   Other   Hispanic     Total Younger than 25   25–34   35 or older   Average age (in years)
                                                           
All credential-seeking undergraduates in
  career education
  12,083,000   100.0 42.6   57.4     100.0 61.9   16.2   5.9   3.3   12.7     100.0 60.2   22.6   17.2   26.3
                                                           
Subbaccalaureate credential   6,383,000   100.0 39.0   61.0     100.0 57.4   18.3   5.6   3.5   15.2     100.0 50.1   27.6   22.3   28.0
                                                           
Agriculture and natural resources   58,000   100.0 55.4   44.6     100.0 73.2   6.7 ! 4.5 ! 6.5   9.0     100.0 59.8   15.5   24.8   28.2
Business and marketing2   1,392,000   100.0 41.1   58.9     100.0 56.6   18.5   7.9   2.9   14.0     100.0 52.8   25.1   22.1   27.7
Communications and design   78,000   100.0 48.3   51.7     100.0 56.9   15.1   6.4   3.1 ! 18.4     100.0 63.9   24.3   11.8   24.8
Computer and information sciences   377,000   100.0 72.2   27.8     100.0 55.2   16.7   8.0   6.0   14.1     100.0 46.0   29.6   24.3   29.0
Consumer services   407,000   100.0 24.6   75.4     100.0 57.4   16.2   3.0   3.3   20.1     100.0 56.6   25.7   17.7   26.6
Education   454,000   100.0 18.7   81.3     100.0 61.6   14.1   3.8   3.4   17.1     100.0 54.2   21.1   24.8   28.0
Engineering and architecture   467,000   100.0 85.6   14.4     100.0 61.1   14.2   4.1   3.6   17.0     100.0 54.6   26.5   19.0   27.0
Health sciences   2,192,000   100.0 16.2   83.8     100.0 54.5   21.1   5.9   3.7   14.7     100.0 45.3   31.8   22.9   28.4
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation   376,000   100.0 94.3   5.7     100.0 66.5   14.5   3.6   2.0   13.4     100.0 46.9   28.6   24.5   28.8
Protective services   402,000   100.0 59.9   40.1     100.0 59.4   17.3   3.3   3.4   16.6     100.0 59.1   22.7   18.2   26.3
Public, legal, and social services   181,000   100.0 21.9   78.1     100.0 55.1   25.2   2.2 ! 3.3 ! 14.1     100.0 37.3   28.3   34.4   31.5
                                                           
Certificate in career education   1,253,000   100.0 36.2   63.8     100.0 52.0   21.1   4.9   2.9   19.1     100.0 44.4   30.7   24.9   29.0
                                                           
Agriculture and natural resources   8,000   100.0 47.4   52.6     100.0 75.9   14.8 ! 7.0 ! #   2.4 !   100.0 30.9   21.5 ! 47.6   36.2
Business and marketing2   81,000   100.0 34.1   65.9     100.0 48.4   23.1   6.5 ! 1.3 ! 20.6     100.0 37.9   24.9   37.1   31.6
Communications and design                            
Computer and information sciences   41,000   100.0 57.5   42.5     100.0 54.9   16.3   12.0   7.7 ! 9.1     100.0 32.1   32.7   35.1   32.2
Consumer services   206,000   100.0 13.3   86.7     100.0 56.7   15.7   2.2   2.8   22.7     100.0 55.4   27.8   16.7   26.3
Education   32,000   100.0 26.2   73.8     100.0 58.9   7.0   6.5 ! 6.4 ! 21.1     100.0 30.5   29.2   40.3   32.8
Engineering and architecture   71,000   100.0 92.4   7.6 !   100.0 57.3   22.9   1.3 ! 1.4 ! 17.0     100.0 44.6   30.6   24.8   29.3
Health sciences   565,000   100.0 15.4   84.6     100.0 45.8   25.0   5.3   3.4   20.6     100.0 45.9   32.8   21.3   28.3
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation   173,000   100.0 94.9   5.1     100.0 59.3   17.2   3.6   1.8   18.1     100.0 42.0   30.8   27.2   29.7
Protective services   59,000   100.0 75.0   25.0     100.0 63.9   20.4   7.5 ! 1.6 ! 6.5 !   100.0 33.9   25.6   40.5   32.3
Public, legal, and social services   14,000   100.0 9.2 ! 90.8     100.0 49.1   21.7 ! 10.1 ! 5.1 ! 14.0 !   100.0 14.2   46.1   39.7   35.6
                                                           
Associate's degree in career education   5,130,000   100.0 39.7   60.3     100.0 58.8   17.6   5.8   3.6   14.3     100.0 51.5   26.8   21.7   27.7
                                                           
Agriculture and natural resources   50,000   100.0 56.6   43.4     100.0 72.8   5.5 ! 4.2 ! 7.5   10.0     100.0 64.1   14.6   21.3   27.0
Business and marketing2   1,310,000   100.0 41.5   58.5     100.0 57.1   18.2   8.0   3.0   13.6     100.0 53.7   25.1   21.1   27.5
Communications and design   73,000   100.0 49.8   50.2     100.0 58.0   14.8   4.8 ! 3.3 ! 19.0     100.0 65.8   24.4   9.8   24.1
Computer and information sciences   336,000   100.0 74.0   26.0     100.0 55.2   16.8   7.6   5.8   14.7     100.0 47.7   29.3   23.0   28.6
Consumer services   201,000   100.0 36.2   63.8     100.0 58.0   16.8   3.9   3.8   17.5     100.0 57.9   23.5   18.7   26.9
Education   422,000   100.0 18.1   81.9     100.0 61.8   14.6   3.6   3.2   16.8     100.0 56.0   20.4   23.6   27.7
Engineering and architecture   396,000   100.0 84.4   15.6     100.0 61.7   12.6   4.6   4.0   17.0     100.0 56.4   25.7   17.9   26.6
Health sciences   1,627,000   100.0 16.4   83.6     100.0 57.6   19.8   6.1   3.8   12.7     100.0 45.0   31.4   23.5   28.4
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation   203,000   100.0 93.7   6.3     100.0 72.6   12.2   3.6 ! 2.2   9.4     100.0 51.1   26.7   22.2   27.9
Protective services   344,000   100.0 57.3   42.7     100.0 58.6   16.8   2.6   3.7   18.3     100.0 63.4   22.2   14.4   25.3
Public, legal, and social services   167,000   100.0 23.0   77.0     100.0 55.6   25.5   1.6 ! 3.2 ! 14.1     100.0 39.2   26.8   33.9   31.2
                                                           
Bachelor's degree in career education   5,700,000   100.0 46.7   53.3     100.0 67.0   13.8   6.1   3.2   9.9     100.0 71.5   17.1   11.4   24.4
                                                           
Agriculture and natural resources   114,000   100.0 56.0   44.0     100.0 84.7   4.7   4.3   2.6 ! 3.6     100.0 85.5   11.5   2.9   21.9
Business and marketing2   1,958,000   100.0 51.7   48.3     100.0 64.1   15.8   7.5   2.9   9.7     100.0 65.8   19.3   14.9   25.5
Communications and design   381,000   100.0 39.7   60.3     100.0 70.2   13.3   3.8   3.4   9.5     100.0 87.2   9.7   3.1   22.0
Computer and information sciences   317,000   100.0 79.8   20.2     100.0 60.5   18.7   7.2   4.4   9.3     100.0 55.7   27.6   16.7   26.4
Consumer services   251,000   100.0 36.0   64.0     100.0 71.0   12.2   3.5   3.3   10.0     100.0 83.9   11.6   4.5   22.4
Education   743,000   100.0 23.9   76.1     100.0 76.0   10.0   2.0   2.4   9.6     100.0 75.5   14.2   10.3   24.0
Engineering and architecture   656,000   100.0 79.4   20.6     100.0 68.7   8.0   10.8   3.4   9.2     100.0 85.1   11.0   3.9   22.0
Health sciences   778,000   100.0 19.0   81.0     100.0 66.4   14.8   6.5   3.2   9.1     100.0 66.5   19.1   14.3   25.2
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation   47,000   100.0 91.1   8.9     100.0 75.5   7.6   3.3 ! 5.3 ! 8.4     100.0 55.6   30.1   14.3   26.4
Protective services   267,000   100.0 52.6   47.4     100.0 54.2   19.2   3.7   4.6   18.3     100.0 70.7   19.7   9.6   24.3
Public, legal, and social services   188,000   100.0 32.2   67.8     100.0 63.6   19.0   2.4   2.6   12.5     100.0 63.3   19.5   17.2   26.3
! Interpret data with caution. Standard error is more than one-third the estimate.
‡Reporting standards not met; too few cases to report.
1 Other races includes American Indian, Alaska Native, those of two or more races, and those of other (unspecified) race. Race categories exclude those of Hispanic origin.
2 Business and marketing includes business management, business support, and marketing.
NOTE: Data include the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007–08 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:08).
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