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Table 9. Percentage distribution of 2003–2004 high school seniors enrolled in a postsecondary institution with a declared major in 2006, by STEM and non-STEM major in 2006 and selected student and family characteristics: 2006

  STEM major in 2006   Non-STEM major1 in 2006
Characteristic Total   mathematics     Physical sciences     Biological/ life sciences     Engineering/
technologies/
technicians
  Computer and information sciences     Total   Social/
behavioral science
  Humanities   Business   Education   Health sciences  
Total 21.6   1.0     1.7     7.2     2.7   2.7     78.4   21.4   16.2   17.0   9.6   13.8
                                                         
Sex                                                        
Female 12.1   0.6     1.4     7.1     1.0   1.0     87.9   22.8   17.1   14.6   12.7   20.4
Male 34.0   1.4     2.1     7.4     4.8   4.8     66.0   19.7   14.7   20.2   5.7   5.3
                                                         
Race/ethnicity2                                                        
White, non-Hispanic 21.2   1.0     1.9     7.1     8.9   2.2     78.8   21.1   17.0   17.3   10.7   12.5
Black, non-Hispanic 21.7           6.8     8.6   4.9     78.3   21.3   11.4   17.1   7.5   20.6
Hispanic 17.7       0.7 !   5.3     8.2   2.8     82.3   26.1   14.9   16.4   10.3   13.8
Asian, non-Hispanic 33.4   0.6 !   2.4     15.2     11.2   3.7     66.6   17.1   12.4   17.8   1.8   16.6  
All other races, non-Hispanic 24.5           5.2     12.4   1.8 !   75.5   21.0   20.8   12.4   7.0   13.2  
                                                         
Family socio-economic status                                                        
Lowest quartile 19.0       1.2 !   4.3     9.2   3.5     81.0   17.0   13.2   17.5   9.4   23.4
Second quartile 22.0       1.2 !   8.5     9.0   2.8     78.0   19.3   13.3   16.9   11.0   17.5
Third quartile 19.8   1.3     1.4     5.8     9.0   2.3     80.2   22.6   15.7   17.3   9.8   14.5
Highest quartile 23.8   1.1     2.4     8.6     9.2   2.5     76.2   23.4   18.8   16.7   8.9   7.9
                                                         
Native language3                                                        
English 21.2   1.0     1.7     6.9     9.0   2.6     78.8   21.7   16.4   16.9   10.0   13.6
Non-English 25.0   0.6     1.6     9.6     10.1   3.1     75.0   19.6   13.5   18.2   7.3   15.3
                                                         
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 30 percent or more of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards are not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 50 percent or more of the estimate).
1 Non-STEM major also includes Multi/interdisciplinary studies and Other (0.4 percent of total), not shown.
2 Black, non-Hispanic includes African American. Hispanic includes Latino. All other races, non-Hispanic includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races.
3 The first language the student learned to speak.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2F1WT. 2003-2004 high school seniors who declared a double major are counted under primary major only. The flag variable G12COHRT was used to produce data that are based on 2003-2004 high school seniors interviewed in both 2004 and 2006. Non-STEM also includes 0.4 percent in other fields, therefore details may not sum to totals
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002) Second Follow-up, 2006."


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