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Table A.2.03. OECD: Percentage distribution of new entrants into tertiary programs, by field of education and country: 2009
Country Humanities,
arts and
education
Education Humanities
and arts
Health
and
welfare
Social
sciences,
business
and law
Services Engineering,
manufacturing
and
construction
Science   Life
sciences
Physical
sciences
Mathematics
and statistics
Computing Agriculture Not known
or
unspecified
OECD average 20.1 8.7 11.4 13.5 32.7 5.8 15.0 9.2   2.2 1.9 1.0 4.3 1.8 1.9
OECD countries                              
Australia1 20.5 7.8 12.7 15.4 39.2 3.7 8.8 11.3   4.0 2.3 0.4 4.8 0.9 0.2
Austria 26.5 13.8 12.7 6.5 37.2 2.7 16.0 9.9   3.0 2.3 0.8 4.0 1.0 0.2
Belgium2 23.4 12.3 11.1 21.2 32.0 1.9 10.9 6.7   2.2 1.2 0.3 3.0 3.1 0.8
Canada  
Chile 17.8 12.0 5.8 19.6 26.8 9.4 16.7 7.4   0.6 0.8 0.2 5.7 2.2 0.2
Czech Republic 17.2 8.5 8.7 11.4 34.1 6.1 15.5 11.4   2.2 3.0 0.9 5.3 4.3 #
Denmark 15.5 5.7 9.9 19.4 39.2 2.5 12.0 9.1   0.8 0.9 1.2 6.2 2.3 #
Estonia 18.8 6.4 12.4 9.4 35.7 9.2 14.1 10.6   1.8 1.8 0.6 6.4 2.1 #
Finland2 14.9 4.0 10.9 20.1 21.9 7.2 24.3 9.1   1.1 2.1 1.3 4.6 2.5 #
France  
Germany2 22.9 7.7 15.1 21.5 23.6 2.9 15.2 11.7   2.0 3.4 2.5 3.8 1.4 0.8
Greece  
Hungary 12.7 3.8 8.9 9.2 41.4 13.3 14.2 7.1   1.1 2.0 0.6 3.6 2.2 #
Iceland 29.2 14.0 15.1 9.3 36.4 1.6 13.3 9.6   2.3 2.6 1.0 3.8 0.6 #
Ireland2 18.2 5.2 13.0 12.3 20.4 6.0 11.5 12.1   4.2 1.1 2.5 4.3 1.4 18.2
Israel 21.6 11.2 10.4 5.6 36.3 0.5 24.6 8.6   2.4 2.4 1.1 2.9 0.4 2.4
Italy2 20.2 4.4 15.8 11.8 33.8 3.6 14.9 9.3   4.7 1.9 1.3 1.4 2.1 4.4
Japan 23.2 7.4 15.8 14.3 27.3 9.1 15.0 2.2 3 2.1 6.7
Korea 26.5 7.3 19.2 13.2 20.2 7.3 24.0 7.9   2.4 1.8 0.6 3.0 1.0 #
Luxembourg  
Mexico 15.0 10.0 5.0 9.6 36.9 4.2 19.8 11.7   1.4 1.6 0.5 8.2 2.5 0.4
Netherlands2 19.0 11.7 7.3 18.1 38.5 7.3 9.0 5.9   0.8 0.7 0.3 4.2 1.1 1.0
New Zealand 25.9 9.5 16.4 11.8 33.1 5.3 6.2 16.4   4.4 2.6 2.8 6.5 1.1 0.2
Norway 23.1 10.9 12.2 17.5 30.9 6.6 8.1 9.0   1.4 1.3 0.5 3.7 0.9 3.8
Poland2 20.5 11.3 9.2 6.9 40.2 7.8 14.5 8.4   1.9 1.5 0.8 4.2 1.7 #
Portugal 16.0 6.2 9.8 14.6 34.6 7.0 18.0 8.2   3.0 2.0 0.7 2.5 1.6 #
Slovak Republic 18.5 12.0 6.4 19.0 27.8 6.9 16.1 9.6   2.4 1.9 0.9 4.3 2.1 #
Slovenia 12.5 5.6 6.9 8.7 33.2 11.5 23.2 7.4   1.3 1.4 0.9 3.8 3.5 #
Spain2 20.2 10.1 10.1 12.9 28.5 8.0 16.4 8.1   1.0 1.1 0.4 5.6 0.9 5.1
Sweden 24.7 9.9 14.9 13.9 28.2 3.5 18.5 9.8   2.0 1.6 1.6 4.7 1.1 0.2
Switzerland 17.6 7.9 9.7 12.4 37.5 7.1 14.8 8.7   2.7 2.8 0.7 2.6 1.1 0.8
Turkey 16.1 8.9 7.3 6.4 47.5 4.4 13.1 7.6   0.9 2.5 1.2 2.9 4.9 #
United Kingdom 24.4 6.8 17.6 18.0 25.3 1.4 8.1 13.3   4.2 3.5 1.6 4.0 1.0 8.6
United States  
Non-OECD member countries                              
Argentina4 26.8 13.7 13.1 12.1 35.4 4.6 7.7 10.1   2.2 1.0 1.6 5.3 2.7 0.6
Brazil  
China  
India  
Indonesia  
Russian Federation 11.4 7.7 3.7 5.2 44.4 5.3 23.3 6.1   0.2 0.8 0.2 4.9 1.5 2.9
Saudi Arabia  
South Africa  
— Not available.
# Rounds to zero.
1 Excludes tertiary-type B (vocational) programs.
2 Excludes advanced research programs.
3 Science includes data for life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and statistics, and computing.
4 Year of reference 2008.
NOTE: Tertiary programs refer to post-secondary education and include both higher and vocational education/training. Humanities, arts and education includes the total percentage of data in the columns for education and humanities and arts. Science includes the total percentage of data in the columns for life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and statistics, and computing. The following columns logically add to 100 percent: humanities; arts and education; health and welfare; social sciences, business and law; services; engineering, manufacturing and construction; science; agriculture; not known or unspecified. The indicated columns may not sum to 100 percent, due to rounding. Apparent differences may not be statistically significant.
SOURCE: Data from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (2011). Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2011, table A4.2a. Paris: Author.

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