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Table 321.10. Associate's degrees conferred by postsecondary institutions, by sex of student and discipline division: 2005-06 through 2015-16
Discipline division 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Total Males Females
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Total 713,066 728,114 750,164 787,243 848,856 943,506 1,021,718 1,007,427 1,005,155 1,014,341 1,008,314 392,152 616,162
Agriculture and natural resources 6,168 5,838 5,738 5,724 5,852 6,430 7,068 6,826 7,057 7,693 7,858 4,883 2,975
Agriculture, agriculture operations, and
      related sciences
4,958 4,638 4,554 4,525 4,615 4,925 5,400 5,227 5,420 5,975 6,158 3,705 2,453
Natural resources and conservation 1,210 1,200 1,184 1,199 1,237 1,505 1,668 1,599 1,637 1,718 1,700 1,178 522
Architecture and related services 656 517 568 605 553 569 593 468 425 491 478 330 148
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 124 164 169 174 199 209 194 271 363 382 419 156 263
                           
Biological and biomedical sciences 1,827 2,060 2,200 2,337 2,664 3,276 3,834 4,185 4,557 4,883 5,266 1,797 3,469
Business 114,095 116,101 121,158 127,882 133,265 139,994 143,390 134,114 129,957 132,374 128,249 49,591 78,658
Business, management, marketing, and support services 96,933 99,998 104,566 111,524 116,798 121,735 123,014 114,842 113,056 113,681 110,026 42,432 67,594
Accounting and related services 13,620 14,232 15,965 16,707 17,925 20,180 20,270 18,061 17,400 16,080 14,790 4,092 10,698
Business/commerce, general 13,297 12,725 12,473 13,100 14,553 15,083 17,301 17,211 17,372 18,235 18,087 7,847 10,240
Business administration, management, and operations 39,152 43,667 47,911 52,938 46,086 46,253 45,879 49,816 50,121 52,668 52,757 23,541 29,216
Management information systems and services 2,179 2,007 1,237 1,103 1,221 1,244 1,164 1,085 1,176 987 935 637 298
Business operations support and assistant services 10,044 8,864 7,841 7,550 7,399 8,259 8,977 7,986 7,331 6,570 5,870 553 5,317
Business and management, other 18,641 18,503 19,139 20,126 29,614 30,716 29,423 20,683 19,656 19,141 17,587 5,762 11,825
Personal and culinary services 17,162 16,103 16,592 16,358 16,467 18,259 20,376 19,272 16,901 18,693 18,223 7,159 11,064
Communication, journalism, and related programs 2,629 2,609 2,620 2,722 2,841 3,051 3,495 4,299 4,970 6,034 6,759 2,794 3,965
Communications technologies 3,380 3,095 4,237 4,805 4,418 4,209 5,004 5,028 4,713 4,628 4,569 3,121 1,448
Computer and information sciences and support services 31,246 27,712 28,296 29,912 32,351 37,689 41,250 38,954 37,646 36,420 30,569 24,135 6,434
Construction trades 3,850 3,895 4,309 4,252 4,684 5,402 5,750 5,038 4,837 4,643 4,699 4,446 253
                           
Education 14,475 13,021 13,108 14,123 17,346 20,460 20,762 18,744 17,605 17,178 17,029 1,983 15,046
Engineering 2,154 2,128 2,279 2,170 2,508 2,825 3,382 3,732 4,306 4,875 5,285 4,511 774
Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields1 30,461 29,199 29,334 30,441 31,883 35,519 36,642 33,752 31,792 31,958 27,241 23,545 3,696
English language and literature/letters 1,105 1,249 1,402 1,534 1,658 2,019 2,137 2,089 2,082 2,324 2,551 853 1,698
                           
Family and consumer sciences/human sciences 9,488 9,124 8,613 9,035 9,515 8,532 9,506 8,996 8,669 8,750 8,930 373 8,557
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 1,161 1,207 1,258 1,630 1,683 1,888 1,980 2,131 2,284 2,102 2,208 499 1,709
                           
Health professions and related programs 134,931 145,436 155,816 165,015 177,321 202,920 219,491 214,040 208,885 200,018 191,460 30,606 160,854
Dental assisting 6,085 6,313 6,642 6,574 7,063 7,498 7,790 7,823 7,988 7,762 7,603 363 7,240
Emergency medical technician (EMT paramedic) 1,980 2,008 2,140 2,270 2,413 2,895 3,352 3,520 3,521 3,456 3,381 2,349 1,032
Clinical/medical lab science 2,163 2,306 2,316 2,538 2,621 2,811 3,240 3,387 3,517 3,143 3,186 766 2,420
Medical and other health assisting 22,267 23,491 24,276 25,858 29,776 39,277 46,950 41,921 39,126 36,813 34,749 5,129 29,620
Nursing and patient care assistant 101 158 329 385 1 33 36 35 38 50 52 9 43
Practical nursing 1,481 1,509 1,417 1,299 1,973 2,069 2,366 2,361 2,230 1,858 1,404 154 1,250
Nursing, registered nurse and other 62,095 66,516 73,277 77,922 81,281 83,023 84,569 86,380 86,435 82,953 78,577 11,065 67,512
Health sciences, other 38,759 43,135 45,419 48,169 52,193 65,314 71,188 68,613 66,030 63,983 62,508 10,771 51,737
Homeland security, law enforcement, and firefighting 26,425 28,208 29,590 33,012 37,154 44,922 51,318 48,460 45,771 43,041 39,927 22,359 17,568
Criminal justice and corrections 22,351 23,917 25,588 28,998 32,648 40,022 45,971 42,785 40,297 37,820 35,119 18,037 17,082
Fire control and safety 3,554 3,811 3,937 3,947 4,307 4,603 4,779 4,910 4,649 4,525 4,241 3,922 319
Homeland security and related protective
      services, other
520 480 65 67 199 297 568 765 825 696 567 400 167
                           
Legal professions and studies 10,509 10,391 9,465 9,062 9,999 11,619 12,315 11,862 10,502 9,095 8,017 1,124 6,893
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
      and humanities
244,689 250,030 254,012 263,947 284,954 306,674 336,938 344,171 353,946 367,852 381,197 146,125 235,072
Library science 136 84 117 116 112 160 159 181 194 170 146 29 117
                           
Mathematics and statistics 753 827 855 933 1,051 1,644 1,529 1,801 2,148 2,697 3,029 2,160 869
Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians 14,454 15,432 15,297 16,059 16,326 19,969 20,715 20,487 20,100 19,984 20,578 19,333 1,245
Military technologies and applied sciences 610 781 851 721 668 856 986 1,002 1,084 1,229 1,047 872 175
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 14,473 15,838 16,255 15,472 17,279 23,729 27,263 27,407 28,167 29,139 30,484 12,759 17,725
                           
Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies 1,128 1,251 1,344 1,587 2,006 2,366 3,123 3,455 4,383 4,669 4,771 2,867 1,904
Philosophy and religious studies 367 375 458 193 256 283 308 326 435 697 814 384 430
Physical sciences and science technologies 2,910 3,412 3,395 3,650 4,141 5,078 5,827 6,376 6,916 7,568 8,485 5,106 3,379
Physical sciences 1,741 2,023 1,980 2,196 2,378 3,148 3,652 4,083 4,518 5,040 5,528 3,261 2,267
Science technologies/technicians 1,169 1,389 1,415 1,454 1,763 1,930 2,175 2,293 2,398 2,528 2,957 1,845 1,112
Precision production 1,977 1,973 1,968 2,127 2,794 3,254 3,320 3,345 3,903 4,382 4,840 4,527 313
Psychology 1,944 2,213 2,412 3,957 6,582 3,866 4,717 6,122 7,604 8,780 10,603 2,591 8,012
Public administration and social services 4,415 4,338 4,192 4,177 4,522 7,472 9,222 8,788 8,914 8,436 7,988 1,109 6,879
                           
Social sciences and history 6,730 7,080 7,812 9,157 10,649 12,772 14,132 15,668 16,554 17,916 20,056 7,389 12,667
Social sciences 6,308 6,673 7,358 8,670 10,108 12,072 13,321 14,749 15,473 16,631 18,451 6,434 12,017
History 422 407 454 487 541 700 811 919 1,081 1,285 1,605 955 650
                           
Theology and religious vocations 570 608 582 676 613 758 839 881 944 1,135 1,089 512 577
Transportation and materials moving 1,472 1,674 1,550 1,430 1,444 1,698 2,098 2,119 2,102 1,810 1,497 1,292 205
                           
Visual and performing arts 21,754 20,244 18,890 18,606 19,565 21,394 22,431 22,309 21,340 20,988 20,176 7,991 12,185
Fine and studio arts 1,638 1,753 1,705 2,019 2,277 2,414 2,339 2,541 2,699 2,866 3,082 965 2,117
Music and dance 2,389 2,290 1,317 1,152 1,335 1,356 1,683 1,743 1,715 1,886 1,989 1,249 740
Visual and performing arts, other2 17,727 16,201 15,868 15,435 15,953 17,624 18,409 18,025 16,926 16,236 15,105 5,777 9,328
Not classified by field of study 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Excludes "Construction trades" and "Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians," which are listed separately.
2 Includes design and applied arts, drama and theatre arts, film and photographic arts, and all other arts not included under "Fine and studio arts" or "Music and dance."
NOTE: Data are for degree-granting postsecondary institutions, which are institutions that grant associate's or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Fall 2006 through Fall 2016, Completions component. (This table was prepared August 2017.)

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