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Table P80. Number of undergraduate career education credentials awarded by Title IV postsecondary institutions, by credential level and career field of study: United States, 1997 to 2006
Career field of study and credential level 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
                     
Total, all undergraduate career education credentials 1,553,859 1,527,839 1,482,463 1,586,827 1,573,744 1,661,013 1,835,114 1,926,181 1,984,396 2,022,885
                     
Agriculture and natural resources 25,695 25,787 25,430 25,871 26,062 26,812 35,684 34,665 34,642 34,803
Business management 324,054 317,608 314,525 347,163 349,312 370,093 357,673 374,027 380,226 388,879
Business support 68,041 66,451 59,136 61,587 50,565 50,190 38,689 37,121 32,626 31,616
Communications and design 76,574 80,525 81,063 92,482 96,229 105,636 116,886 121,650 122,237 123,896
Computer and information sciences 63,676 66,124 73,863 97,513 97,810 113,838 147,567 135,895 116,609 100,507
Consumer services 114,803 113,941 110,348 117,829 118,616 133,675 156,131 165,642 172,711 177,525
Education 117,567 118,085 114,748 119,579 117,981 119,979 123,661 125,240 125,625 128,691
Engineering, architecture, and science technologies 139,291 136,605 133,788 144,851 140,692 142,821 156,945 152,197 148,877 144,845
Health sciences 345,766 330,921 310,240 312,620 304,698 319,905 389,869 454,570 507,026 535,579
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation 140,725 135,808 130,126 136,359 134,471 137,231 135,654 138,895 147,182 152,376
Marketing 24,382 25,795 25,426 28,097 29,674 32,515 54,220 54,815 55,719 56,581
Protective services 65,485 64,004 59,748 57,367 63,843 63,185 71,197 76,551 82,514 89,399
Public, legal, and social services 47,800 46,185 44,022 45,509 43,791 45,133 50,938 54,913 58,402 58,188
                     
Credential level                    
                     
Subbaccalaureate credentials 873,483 837,087 809,800 854,044 832,749 888,914 1,012,955 1,074,196 1,115,168 1,127,637
Agriculture and natural resources 10,969 10,726 10,388 10,282 11,174 11,901 12,390 11,830 11,640 11,750
Business management 123,337 112,067 110,721 119,948 115,805 123,751 102,021 105,985 108,151 110,447
Business support 67,786 66,196 58,821 61,361 50,313 49,925 38,416 36,961 32,362 31,390
Communications and design 20,772 21,984 22,220 25,548 26,745 29,545 33,330 32,599 30,023 28,762
Computer and information sciences 38,908 39,344 45,823 61,418 55,901 66,539 90,128 76,407 62,498 53,027
Consumer services 84,317 81,314 76,870 82,554 82,928 96,934 118,050 126,188 131,584 133,097
Education 12,334 12,126 12,982 11,531 12,706 13,596 17,871 18,962 20,174 21,453
Engineering, architecture, and science technologies 56,228 55,897 58,435 64,539 60,040 60,211 70,692 65,212 59,984 53,804
Health sciences 260,100 246,554 231,746 234,228 231,238 249,388 318,648 380,636 426,341 443,606
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation 135,459 130,754 125,025 130,784 128,518 130,489 128,709 131,324 139,437 144,097
Marketing 3,479 3,216 3,140 2,636 3,042 3,075 17,123 16,394 17,071 17,848
Protective services 40,320 38,928 36,751 32,490 38,634 37,649 45,008 48,376 51,791 54,080
Public, legal, and social services 19,474 17,981 16,878 16,725 15,705 15,911 20,569 23,322 24,112 24,276
                     
Certificates 498,482 476,479 457,240 496,524 470,085 522,039 603,550 645,314 667,477 667,440
Agriculture and natural resources 5,008 4,687 4,501 4,243 5,191 6,005 5,776 5,193 5,022 5,200
Business management 47,982 40,371 39,975 44,679 39,629 44,603 30,198 31,652 29,528 29,907
Business support 46,341 45,855 40,151 43,710 33,319 34,812 26,345 24,975 20,995 21,155
Communications and design 6,788 6,887 6,828 8,363 8,131 9,222 10,320 9,793 8,233 8,258
Computer and information sciences 27,654 25,114 28,796 40,365 29,397 34,864 42,530 33,779 25,444 20,946
Consumer services 69,791 66,704 61,742 66,247 65,954 79,235 90,510 96,082 99,540 99,641
Education 1,715 2,734 2,989 3,262 3,552 4,294 6,557 6,425 6,746 6,925
Engineering, architecture, and science technologies 16,562 18,009 20,738 24,430 20,815 23,081 25,621 22,637 20,968 18,001
Health sciences 151,565 145,799 135,797 143,772 143,066 162,620 220,532 265,788 294,794 298,480
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation 98,200 94,648 90,833 95,765 93,003 96,264 101,543 103,311 109,544 112,812
Marketing 1,737 1,546 1,644 1,101 1,543 1,650 10,074 9,317 10,108 10,795
Protective services 20,050 19,489 19,035 16,164 22,252 20,907 26,298 27,696 27,878 27,541
Public, legal, and social services 5,089 4,636 4,211 4,423 4,233 4,482 7,246 8,666 8,677 7,779
                     
Associate's degree 375,001 360,608 352,560 357,520 362,664 366,875 409,405 428,882 447,691 460,197
Agriculture and natural resources 5,961 6,039 5,887 6,039 5,983 5,896 6,614 6,637 6,618 6,550
Business management 75,355 71,696 70,746 75,269 76,176 79,148 71,823 74,333 78,623 80,540
Business support 21,445 20,341 18,670 17,651 16,994 15,113 12,071 11,986 11,367 10,235
Communications and design 13,984 15,097 15,392 17,185 18,614 20,323 23,010 22,806 21,790 20,504
Computer and information sciences 11,254 14,230 17,027 21,053 26,504 31,675 47,598 42,628 37,054 32,081
Consumer services 14,526 14,610 15,128 16,307 16,974 17,699 27,540 30,106 32,044 33,456
Education 10,619 9,392 9,993 8,269 9,154 9,302 11,314 12,537 13,428 14,528
Engineering, architecture, and science technologies 39,666 37,888 37,697 40,109 39,225 37,130 45,071 42,575 39,016 35,803
Health sciences 108,535 100,755 95,949 90,456 88,172 86,768 98,116 114,848 131,547 145,126
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation 37,259 36,106 34,192 35,019 35,515 34,225 27,166 28,013 29,893 31,285
Marketing 1,742 1,670 1,496 1,535 1,499 1,425 7,049 7,077 6,963 7,053
Protective services 20,270 19,439 17,716 16,326 16,382 16,742 18,710 20,680 23,913 26,539
Public, legal, and social services 14,385 13,345 12,667 12,302 11,472 11,429 13,323 14,656 15,435 16,497
                     
Bachelor's degree 680,376 690,752 672,663 732,783 740,995 772,099 822,159 851,985 869,228 895,248
Agriculture and natural resources 14,726 15,061 15,042 15,589 14,888 14,911 23,294 22,835 23,002 23,053
Business management 200,717 205,541 203,804 227,215 233,507 246,342 255,652 268,042 272,075 278,432
Business support 255 255 315 226 252 265 273 160 264 226
Communications and design 55,802 58,541 58,843 66,934 69,484 76,091 83,556 89,051 92,214 95,134
Computer and information sciences 24,768 26,780 28,040 36,095 41,909 47,299 57,439 59,488 54,111 47,480
Consumer services 30,486 32,627 33,478 35,275 35,688 36,741 38,081 39,454 41,127 44,428
Education 105,233 105,959 101,766 108,048 105,275 106,383 105,790 106,278 105,451 107,238
Engineering, architecture, and science technologies 83,063 80,708 75,353 80,312 80,652 82,610 86,253 86,985 88,893 91,041
Health sciences 85,666 84,367 78,494 78,392 73,460 70,517 71,221 73,934 80,685 91,973
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation 5,266 5,054 5,101 5,575 5,953 6,742 6,945 7,571 7,745 8,279
Marketing 20,903 22,579 22,286 25,461 26,632 29,440 37,097 38,421 38,648 38,733
Protective services 25,165 25,076 22,997 24,877 25,209 25,536 26,189 28,175 30,723 35,319
Public, legal, and social services 28,326 28,204 27,144 28,784 28,086 29,222 30,369 31,591 34,290 33,912
NOTE: This table shows, for example, that 25,695 undergraduate credentials were awarded in agriculture and natural resources in 1997. There are no standard errors for this table because it is based on population counts.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Completions and Institutional Characteristics (IC) data files, various years (e.g., report year 2006 uses IC 2006–07 and Completions 2005–06).

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