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Digest of Education Statistics: 2015
Digest of Education Statistics: 2015

NCES 2016-014
December 2016


Table 505.10. Number, percentage distribution, unemployment rates, and median earnings of 25- to 29-year-old bachelor's degree holders and percentage of degree holders among all 25- to 29-year-olds, by field of study: 2010 and 2014
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Field of study 2010 2014
25- to 29-year-old bachelor's degree holders Percent of all 25- to 29-year-olds with degree in specific field 25- to 29-year-old bachelor's degree holders Percent of all 25- to 29-year-olds with degree in specific field
Number, in thousands Percentage distribution Unemploy-
ment rate
Median annual earnings (in current dollars) Number, in thousands Percentage distribution Unemploy-
ment rate
Median annual earnings (in current dollars)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Total, all bachelor's degrees 6,366   (30.5) 100.0   (†) 5.6   (0.13) $44,330   (564) 30.5   (0.14) 7,078   (33.6) 100.0   (†) 3.9   (0.10) $45,340   (7) 32.4   (0.15)
Agriculture 59   (2.8) 0.9   (0.04) 3.8   (0.99) 40,180   (508) 0.3   (0.01) 66   (3.5) 0.9   (0.05) 2.2 ! (0.96) 44,540   (1,667) 0.3   (0.02)
Architecture 47   (2.5) 0.7   (0.04) 13.8   (2.49) 44,250   (2,733) 0.2   (0.01) 62   (3.4) 0.9   (0.05) 4.6   (1.10) 45,110   (1,051) 0.3   (0.02)
Area, ethnic, and civilization studies 28   (1.9) 0.4   (0.03) 5.2 ! (1.61) 43,360   (3,152) 0.1   (0.01) 33   (2.4) 0.5   (0.03) 5.0   (1.48) 40,160   (1,410) 0.2   (0.01)
Arts, fine and commercial                                                            
Fine arts 245   (5.4) 3.8   (0.08) 6.1   (0.69) 37,770   (943) 1.2   (0.03) 292   (7.7) 4.1   (0.11) 5.8   (0.53) 37,120   (1,267) 1.3   (0.03)
Commercial art and graphic design 89   (3.9) 1.4   (0.06) 8.6   (1.09) 40,220   (726) 0.4   (0.02) 111   (4.2) 1.6   (0.06) 3.9   (0.85) 42,060   (1,746) 0.5   (0.02)
                                                             
Business                                                            
Business, general 222   (5.5) 3.5   (0.09) 5.7   (0.66) 46,290   (1,329) 1.1   (0.03) 260   (6.9) 3.7   (0.10) 3.9   (0.49) 47,850   (1,491) 1.2   (0.03)
Accounting 194   (5.7) 3.0   (0.09) 5.8   (0.68) 50,200   (196) 0.9   (0.03) 210   (5.8) 3.0   (0.08) 2.5   (0.50) 53,140   (956) 1.0   (0.03)
Business management and administration 339   (7.2) 5.3   (0.11) 6.5   (0.57) 44,220   (1,291) 1.6   (0.03) 352   (8.4) 5.0   (0.11) 4.0   (0.44) 45,320   (1,009) 1.6   (0.04)
Marketing and marketing research 187   (5.5) 2.9   (0.08) 4.6   (0.57) 45,050   (906) 0.9   (0.03) 189   (6.0) 2.7   (0.08) 3.5   (0.56) 46,820   (1,973) 0.9   (0.03)
Finance 170   (5.5) 2.7   (0.09) 4.9   (0.61) 53,050   (2,086) 0.8   (0.03) 174   (5.6) 2.5   (0.08) 2.9   (0.50) 57,080   (1,591) 0.8   (0.03)
Management information systems and statistics 23   (1.6) 0.4   (0.03) 3.4 ! (1.12) 55,110   (1,915) 0.1   (0.01) 23   (1.9) 0.3   (0.03) 5.6   (1.67) 54,990   (3,125) 0.1   (0.01)
Business, other and medical administration 118   (3.7) 1.9   (0.06) 4.5   (0.57) 44,750   (515) 0.6   (0.02) 148   (4.8) 2.1   (0.07) 3.9   (0.69) 49,400   (1,428) 0.7   (0.02)
                                                             
Communications and communications technologies 373   (8.2) 5.9   (0.12) 6.4   (0.45) 40,290   (286) 1.8   (0.04) 410   (8.2) 5.8   (0.11) 4.2   (0.39) 43,110   (955) 1.9   (0.04)
Computer and information systems 249   (6.2) 3.9   (0.10) 5.6   (0.55) 57,780   (1,764) 1.2   (0.03) 245   (7.4) 3.5   (0.10) 3.7   (0.55) 59,790   (288) 1.1   (0.03)
Construction/electrical/transportation technologies 35   (2.6) 0.5   (0.04) 4.8 ! (1.64) 49,770   (1,616) 0.2   (0.01) 41   (2.8) 0.6   (0.04)   (†) 55,000   (1,774) 0.2   (0.01)
Criminal justice and fire protection 140   (4.7) 2.2   (0.07) 6.2   (0.74) 40,230   (504) 0.7   (0.02) 168   (5.1) 2.4   (0.07) 4.1   (0.63) 39,550   (1,103) 0.8   (0.02)
                                                             
Education                                                            
General education 151   (5.3) 2.4   (0.09) 4.7   (0.80) 39,290   (1,040) 0.7   (0.03) 162   (5.6) 2.3   (0.08) 3.1   (0.66) 39,620   (853) 0.7   (0.03)
Early childhood education 32   (2.0) 0.5   (0.03) 1.2 ! (0.58) 36,900   (1,641) 0.2   (0.01) 36   (2.2) 0.5   (0.03) 2.7 ! (1.09) 34,230   (1,117) 0.2   (0.01)
Elementary education 181   (5.0) 2.8   (0.08) 3.2   (0.53) 38,200   (706) 0.9   (0.02) 151   (5.1) 2.1   (0.07) 2.7   (0.55) 37,130   (924) 0.7   (0.02)
Secondary teacher education 19   (1.4) 0.3   (0.02) 2.5 ! (1.08) 36,070   (984) 0.1   (0.01) 18   (1.8) 0.3   (0.03)   (†) 38,580   (1,787) 0.1   (0.01)
Education, other 190   (4.8) 3.0   (0.07) 2.9   (0.45) 39,210   (856) 0.9   (0.02) 183   (5.5) 2.6   (0.08) 2.0   (0.40) 38,420   (1,135) 0.8   (0.03)
                                                             
Engineering and engineering-related fields                                                            
General engineering 63   (3.0) 1.0   (0.05) 4.3 ! (1.44) 60,210   (613) 0.3   (0.01) 63   (3.6) 0.9   (0.05) 2.9 ! (1.12) 60,330   (2,431) 0.3   (0.02)
Chemical engineering 28   (2.2) 0.4   (0.03) 4.4 ! (1.42) 68,100   (2,580) 0.1   (0.01) 35   (2.2) 0.5   (0.03) 4.3 ! (1.76) 67,540   (1,848) 0.2   (0.01)
Civil engineering 46   (2.9) 0.7   (0.05) 6.6   (1.69) 59,520   (1,152) 0.2   (0.01) 56   (2.7) 0.8   (0.04) 2.6 ! (0.90) 59,360   (2,167) 0.3   (0.01)
Computer engineering 45   (2.8) 0.7   (0.04) 7.1   (1.50) 65,670   (1,115) 0.2   (0.01) 54   (2.9) 0.8   (0.04) 1.8 ! (0.81) 70,120   (3,269) 0.2   (0.01)
Electrical engineering 86   (4.3) 1.3   (0.07) 5.1   (1.13) 65,150   (1,069) 0.4   (0.02) 92   (4.5) 1.3   (0.06) 3.4   (0.84) 68,220   (1,005) 0.4   (0.02)
Mechanical engineering 86   (3.9) 1.3   (0.06) 3.7   (0.77) 61,780   (1,316) 0.4   (0.02) 103   (4.0) 1.5   (0.06) 2.4   (0.59) 67,470   (2,107) 0.5   (0.02)
Engineering, other 78   (3.6) 1.2   (0.06) 4.9   (1.01) 59,970   (556) 0.4   (0.02) 96   (3.7) 1.4   (0.05) 3.4   (0.76) 65,130   (1,079) 0.4   (0.02)
Engineering technologies 42   (2.5) 0.7   (0.04) 4.7   (1.17) 56,470   (2,265) 0.2   (0.01) 45   (2.9) 0.6   (0.04) 2.7 ! (1.05) 56,220   (4,690) 0.2   (0.01)
                                                             
English language and literature 194   (5.2) 3.0   (0.08) 7.6   (0.73) 38,220   (712) 0.9   (0.02) 219   (5.6) 3.1   (0.08) 5.9   (0.77) 40,260   (47) 1.0   (0.03)
Family and consumer sciences 55   (3.1) 0.9   (0.05) 3.9   (0.97) 36,580   (1,577) 0.3   (0.01) 59   (3.0) 0.8   (0.04) 2.9   (0.87) 35,290   (2,116) 0.3   (0.01)
Health professions                                                            
General medical and health services 200   (6.5) 3.1   (0.10) 3.6   (0.54) 46,620   (1,564) 1.0   (0.03) 253   (6.2) 3.6   (0.09) 3.2   (0.50) 49,600   (2,005) 1.2   (0.03)
Nursing 179   (5.5) 2.8   (0.08) 3.0   (0.57) 54,410   (1,666) 0.9   (0.03) 237   (5.9) 3.4   (0.08) 1.7   (0.34) 54,020   (1,529) 1.1   (0.03)
History 138   (4.5) 2.2   (0.07) 8.4   (0.77) 41,990   (1,385) 0.7   (0.02) 145   (5.2) 2.0   (0.07) 4.1   (0.78) 40,670   (928) 0.7   (0.02)
Liberal arts and humanities 76   (3.4) 1.2   (0.05) 7.2   (1.19) 40,190   (60) 0.4   (0.02) 79   (4.7) 1.1   (0.07) 5.2   (1.08) 39,530   (764) 0.4   (0.02)
Linguistics and comparative language and literature 68   (3.5) 1.1   (0.05) 8.6   (1.73) 39,140   (1,694) 0.3   (0.02) 75   (3.1) 1.1   (0.04) 7.0   (1.25) 41,150   (1,101) 0.3   (0.01)
                                                             
Mathematics 78   (3.8) 1.2   (0.06) 4.6   (1.04) 50,190   (854) 0.4   (0.02) 75   (3.3) 1.1   (0.05) 4.7   (1.29) 50,360   (1,665) 0.3   (0.01)
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 55   (2.6) 0.9   (0.04) 5.4   (0.96) 41,190   (1,863) 0.3   (0.01) 74   (4.0) 1.0   (0.06) 5.2   (1.23) 41,250   (1,519) 0.3   (0.02)
Natural sciences                                                            
Biology 364   (8.1) 5.7   (0.13) 4.9   (0.50) 43,300   (883) 1.7   (0.04) 429   (8.3) 6.1   (0.11) 3.3   (0.37) 45,190   (351) 2.0   (0.04)
Environmental science 42   (2.8) 0.7   (0.04) 9.7   (1.98) 40,100   (792) 0.2   (0.01) 49   (2.9) 0.7   (0.04) 5.0   (1.37) 39,330   (1,706) 0.2   (0.01)
Physical sciences 180   (4.8) 2.8   (0.08) 4.7   (0.76) 42,230   (1,627) 0.9   (0.02) 197   (6.8) 2.8   (0.10) 2.9   (0.45) 43,820   (2,476) 0.9   (0.03)
                                                             
Physical fitness, parks, recreation and leisure 101   (3.6) 1.6   (0.06) 3.5   (0.68) 40,270   (270) 0.5   (0.02) 136   (4.5) 1.9   (0.06) 4.1   (0.79) 39,880   (1,957) 0.6   (0.02)
Philosophy and religious studies 53   (2.3) 0.8   (0.04) 7.8   (1.56) 41,290   (2,496) 0.3   (0.01) 54   (3.2) 0.8   (0.04) 3.7   (0.99) 44,410   (4,247) 0.2   (0.01)
Psychology 378   (7.9) 5.9   (0.12) 5.9   (0.48) 38,230   (640) 1.8   (0.04) 409   (7.9) 5.8   (0.11) 4.7   (0.49) 37,650   (672) 1.9   (0.04)
Public administration and public policy 12   (1.6) 0.2   (0.02)   (†) 52,350   (5,582) 0.1   (0.01) 13   (1.3) 0.2   (0.02) 14.1 ! (4.97) 40,840   (1,583) 0.1   (0.01)
                                                             
Social sciences                                                            
Anthropology and archeology 33   (2.0) 0.5   (0.03) 4.5   (1.14) 39,210   (2,106) 0.2   (0.01) 40   (2.6) 0.6   (0.04) 8.0   (2.15) 39,470   (2,179) 0.2   (0.01)
Economics 126   (4.4) 2.0   (0.07) 8.2   (1.00) 54,200   (1,552) 0.6   (0.02) 147   (5.5) 2.1   (0.08) 4.7   (0.80) 58,710   (2,521) 0.7   (0.03)
Geography 15   (1.7) 0.2   (0.03) 9.2 ! (3.53) 44,030   (2,749) 0.1   (0.01) 14   (1.4) 0.2   (0.02) 6.6 ! (2.48) 44,350   (3,398) 0.1   (0.01)
International relations 23   (2.0) 0.4   (0.03) 7.1 ! (2.75) 49,100   (1,918) 0.1   (0.01) 35   (3.0) 0.5   (0.04) 6.6   (1.75) 57,630   (3,939) 0.2   (0.01)
Political science and government 173   (4.8) 2.7   (0.08) 5.9   (0.70) 45,310   (1,071) 0.8   (0.02) 182   (4.9) 2.6   (0.07) 6.7   (0.78) 47,850   (1,803) 0.8   (0.02)
Sociology 116   (4.3) 1.8   (0.07) 7.6   (1.15) 39,750   (1,438) 0.6   (0.02) 107   (4.4) 1.5   (0.06) 4.6   (1.14) 39,800   (315) 0.5   (0.02)
Miscellaneous social sciences 32   (2.0) 0.5   (0.03) 5.3   (1.38) 40,280   (1,627) 0.2   (0.01) 37   (2.8) 0.5   (0.04) 4.8   (1.41) 39,940   (736) 0.2   (0.01)
                                                             
Social work and human services 59   (2.8) 0.9   (0.04) 5.6   (1.38) 34,950   (152) 0.3   (0.01) 75   (4.1) 1.1   (0.06) 5.7   (1.41) 35,480   (658) 0.3   (0.02)
Theology and religious vocations 28   (2.0) 0.4   (0.03) 3.9 ! (1.88) 33,590   (1,456) 0.1   (0.01) 36   (2.4) 0.5   (0.03) 5.0 ! (1.94) 34,910   (2,229) 0.2   (0.01)
Other fields 26   (2.0) 0.4   (0.03) 9.0   (2.31) 37,770   (4,192) 0.1   (0.01) 25   (2.2) 0.4   (0.03) 4.8 ! (1.72) 37,210   (5,291) 0.1   (0.01)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
NOTE: The first bachelor's degree major reported by respondents was used to classify their field of study, even though they were able to report a second bachelor's degree major and may possess advanced degrees in other fields. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2010 and 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) data. (This table was prepared February 2016.)