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Table H86. Percentage of public high school graduates who were occupational concentrators, by highest mathematics course completed in grade 9, completion of 4-year college preparatory coursework, and occupational area of concentration: 2005
Number of occupational credits earned All graduates Grade 9 mathematics   Completed 4-year college preparatory coursework  
Below algebra or no mathematics Algebra Geometry or higher No Yes
Number of graduates 2,417,400 563,100 1,268,800 585,600   1,253,900 1,163,600  
Percent who were 2-credit occupational concentrators1
Any occupational concentration 38.8 43.8 39.8 32.0   44.5 32.7  
Agriculture and natural resources 4.7 6.5 4.8 2.9   6.4 2.9  
Business 8.5 7.5 9.2 7.8   8.4 8.6  
Communications and design 5.4 3.8 6.0 5.6   5.1 5.7  
Computer and information sciences 3.7 2.5 3.7 4.9   3.3 4.2  
Construction and architecture 2.1 3.4 2.1 1.1   3.3 0.9  
Consumer and culinary services 4.4 6.7 4.0 2.9   5.6 3.0  
Engineering technologies 2.4 2.1 2.3 3.0   2.6 2.3  
Health sciences 3.2 3.6 3.3 2.6   3.2 3.2  
Manufacturing, repair, and transportation 7.5 12.1 7.3 3.5   11.3 3.4  
Marketing 2.6 2.5 2.9 2.1   2.9 2.4  
Public services 1.2 1.4 1.2 0.8   1.2 1.2  
Percent who were 3-credit occupational concentrators2
Any occupational concentration 21.3 26.2 21.5 16.1   26.5 15.6  
Agriculture and natural resources 2.9 3.9 3.0 1.9   4.0 1.8  
Business 3.1 3.0 3.3 2.5   3.3 2.9  
Communications and design 2.0 1.4 2.4 2.0   2.0 2.1  
Computer and information sciences 1.4 1.0 1.4 2.0   1.4 1.5  
Construction and architecture 1.2 2.1 1.1 0.5   2.0 0.3  
Consumer and culinary services 2.2 3.8 1.9 1.4   3.0 1.3  
Engineering technologies 1.0 1.0 0.9 1.3   1.2 0.9  
Health sciences 2.1 2.4 2.3 1.6   2.3 2.0  
Manufacturing, repair, and transportation 4.5 7.6 4.4 1.9   7.2 1.7  
Marketing 1.4 1.1 1.6 1.3   1.4 1.4  
Public services 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.5 ! 0.6 0.5 !
! Interpret data with caution. Standard error is more than one-third of the estimate.
1 2-credit occupational concentrators are defined as graduates who earned 2.0 or more credits in any one of the following 11 occupational areas: agriculture and natural resources; business; communications and design; computer and information sciences; construction and architecture; consumer and culinary services; engineering technologies; health sciences; manufacturing, repair, and transportation; marketing; and public services.
2 3-credit occupational concentrators are defined as graduates who earned 3.0 or more credits in any one of the 11 occupational areas listed in footnote 1.
NOTE: This table shows, for example, that among all public high school graduates from the class of 2005 who completed no mathematics courses in grade 9 at or above the algebra level (including no courses at all), 43.8 percent were 2-credit occupational concentrators. Also, 48.9 percent of graduates who earned any occupational credits and who took this level of mathematics couses in grade 9 were 2-credit occupational concentrators.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 2005.

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