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Table 104.60. Number of persons 25 to 34 years old and percentage with a bachelor's or higher degree, by undergraduate field of study, sex, race/ethnicity, and U.S. nativity and citizenship status: 2017
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Sex, race/ethnicity, and U.S. nativity and citizenship status Total population ages
25 to 34 (in thousands)
Percent of population with bachelor's or higher degree Percentage distribution of bachelor's degree holders
Total, all fields Bachelor's degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field Bachelor's degree in a non-STEM field
STEM total Computer and information sciences Engineering/ engineering technologies Biology/ biomedical sciences Math-ematics/
statistics
Physical sciences Non-STEM total Business Education Health studies Humanities1 Social sciences, psychology, and history All other fields of study
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Total 44,873   (33.2) 35.7   (0.15) 100.0   (†) 22.8   (0.16) 4.2   (0.08) 8.6   (0.09) 6.0   (0.08) 1.3   (0.03) 2.7   (0.05) 77.2   (0.16) 18.6   (0.14) 7.5   (0.07) 7.6   (0.08) 11.8   (0.11) 15.2   (0.11) 16.4   (0.12)
Sex                                                                                                
Male 22,701   (23.2) 31.6   (0.15) 100.0   (†) 32.1   (0.24) 7.0   (0.15) 14.6   (0.18) 5.7   (0.12) 1.5   (0.06) 3.3   (0.10) 67.9   (0.24) 21.9   (0.23) 3.4   (0.08) 3.1   (0.08) 9.9   (0.14) 13.8   (0.17) 15.8   (0.19)
Female 22,172   (20.5) 39.8   (0.18) 100.0   (†) 15.2   (0.17) 2.0   (0.06) 3.7   (0.08) 6.3   (0.10) 1.0   (0.04) 2.2   (0.07) 84.8   (0.17) 15.9   (0.16) 10.8   (0.11) 11.3   (0.13) 13.4   (0.16) 16.4   (0.15) 17.0   (0.17)
                                                                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                                                                
White 24,978   (12.0) 41.7   (0.17) 100.0   (†) 19.3   (0.15) 2.9   (0.06) 6.9   (0.10) 5.7   (0.09) 1.3   (0.04) 2.6   (0.06) 80.7   (0.15) 18.6   (0.16) 8.8   (0.10) 7.7   (0.10) 12.8   (0.12) 15.4   (0.14) 17.3   (0.14)
Black 5,991   (19.4) 22.5   (0.32) 100.0   (†) 18.4   (0.58) 4.7   (0.30) 5.1   (0.29) 5.2   (0.28) 0.8   (0.12) 2.7   (0.23) 81.6   (0.58) 20.3   (0.49) 6.4   (0.36) 8.4   (0.35) 9.2   (0.31) 16.6   (0.48) 20.7   (0.47)
Hispanic 9,192   (20.1) 18.0   (0.20) 100.0   (†) 19.7   (0.44) 2.8   (0.16) 8.6   (0.32) 5.4   (0.25) 0.9   (0.11) 2.0   (0.15) 80.3   (0.44) 19.7   (0.45) 6.7   (0.24) 6.8   (0.26) 11.7   (0.36) 17.1   (0.39) 18.2   (0.39)
Asian 3,101   (15.1) 66.5   (0.37) 100.0   (†) 45.3   (0.47) 11.6   (0.32) 19.5   (0.31) 8.8   (0.24) 1.9   (0.13) 3.5   (0.17) 54.7   (0.47) 17.3   (0.33) 2.5   (0.14) 8.0   (0.24) 8.2   (0.27) 10.9   (0.25) 7.8   (0.26)
Pacific Islander 94   (3.6) 18.6   (1.70) 100.0   (†) 30.6   (4.73) 5.7 ! (2.42) 12.7   (3.57) 9.0 ! (2.94) 1.8 ! (0.84)   (†) 69.4   (4.73) 16.7   (4.52) 5.6 ! (2.40) 5.5 ! (2.52) 12.1 ! (3.75) 6.7 ! (2.50) 22.8   (4.78)
American Indian/Alaska
     Native2
302   (4.8) 13.0   (0.82) 100.0   (†) 16.9   (2.39) 2.8 ! (0.96) 6.3   (1.35) 6.3   (1.57)   (†) 1.1 ! (0.54) 83.1   (2.39) 22.4   (2.67) 9.8   (1.76) 8.2   (1.90) 13.8   (2.15) 12.6   (2.04) 16.2   (2.39)
American Indian 253   (4.8) 13.2   (0.89) 100.0   (†) 15.5   (2.39) 2.8 ! (0.99) 4.3 ! (1.29) 6.9   (1.77)   (†) 1.3 ! (0.63) 84.5   (2.39) 23.0   (2.85) 10.1   (1.80) 5.9   (1.40) 14.8   (2.44) 12.4   (2.33) 18.3   (2.76)
Alaska Native 18   (1.7) 7.6 ! (3.24) 100.0   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Some other race3 129   (6.0) 41.3   (2.29) 100.0   (†) 29.7   (3.53) 10.4   (2.34) 12.1   (2.00) 4.0   (0.96) 1.5 ! (0.72) 1.7 ! (0.67) 70.3   (3.53) 14.7   (2.19) 4.5   (1.24) 7.9   (1.28) 11.1   (2.03) 18.0   (2.41) 14.1   (2.61)
Two or more races 1,086   (16.8) 38.2   (0.67) 100.0   (†) 24.1   (0.91) 4.9   (0.43) 8.5   (0.61) 7.1   (0.47) 1.1   (0.20) 2.4   (0.30) 75.9   (0.91) 16.0   (0.76) 5.1   (0.43) 6.4   (0.51) 14.0   (0.70) 20.1   (0.89) 14.4   (0.72)
                                                                                                 
Race/ethnicity by sex                                                                                                
Male                                                                                                
White 12,667   (8.5) 37.2   (0.19) 100.0   (†) 27.9   (0.26) 5.3   (0.12) 12.3   (0.20) 5.4   (0.12) 1.5   (0.07) 3.3   (0.11) 72.1   (0.26) 22.8   (0.28) 3.9   (0.11) 2.8   (0.09) 10.9   (0.17) 14.5   (0.20) 17.2   (0.22)
Black 2,926   (13.6) 18.7   (0.44) 100.0   (†) 26.0   (0.99) 8.3   (0.59) 9.7   (0.59) 4.4   (0.41) 1.2   (0.25) 2.3   (0.38) 74.0   (0.99) 24.6   (0.81) 4.1   (0.42) 4.0   (0.45) 8.4   (0.53) 13.6   (0.71) 19.3   (0.74)
Hispanic 4,799   (14.3) 14.9   (0.23) 100.0   (†) 28.7   (0.64) 5.0   (0.34) 14.4   (0.56) 5.6   (0.38) 1.2   (0.19) 2.5   (0.25) 71.3   (0.64) 22.0   (0.66) 3.5   (0.30) 2.9   (0.25) 10.7   (0.50) 15.0   (0.59) 17.2   (0.57)
Asian 1,497   (10.0) 64.8   (0.49) 100.0   (†) 58.0   (0.67) 15.3   (0.49) 28.6   (0.55) 7.8   (0.33) 2.1   (0.19) 4.1   (0.26) 42.0   (0.67) 16.5   (0.51) 0.9   (0.11) 4.2   (0.27) 5.4   (0.30) 8.7   (0.38) 6.3   (0.34)
Pacific Islander 48   (2.5) 15.9   (2.43) 100.0   (†) 34.7   (7.71) 7.2 ! (3.47) 18.1 ! (6.17)   (†)   (†)   (†) 65.3   (7.71) 12.0 ! (5.16)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 31.3   (8.91)
American Indian/Alaska
     Native2
154   (3.6) 12.0   (1.05) 100.0   (†) 23.0   (3.74) 4.5 ! (1.77) 10.2   (2.75) 6.2 ! (2.55)   (†)   (†) 77.0   (3.74) 23.2   (3.71) 7.0   (1.89)   (†) 11.9   (2.93) 15.1   (3.07) 16.0   (3.11)
American Indian 128   (3.4) 12.6   (1.15) 100.0   (†) 20.4   (4.16) 5.1 ! (1.98) 6.7 ! (2.49) 6.6 ! (2.88)   (†)   (†) 79.6   (4.16) 22.8   (4.02) 7.9   (2.15) 4.4 ! (2.18) 11.4   (3.30) 15.6   (3.54) 17.5   (3.54)
Alaska Native 9   (1.1)   (†) 100.0   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Some other race3 66   (4.0) 38.6   (3.11) 100.0   (†) 46.4   (4.84) 17.4   (3.83) 20.4   (3.67) 5.0   (1.49) 1.7 ! (0.81) 1.9 ! (0.90) 53.6   (4.84) 17.8   (3.44)   (†) 3.3 ! (1.26) 6.0   (1.62) 15.8   (3.45) 9.9 ! (3.07)
Two or more races 546   (10.8) 33.6   (0.85) 100.0   (†) 35.5   (1.57) 8.4   (0.84) 15.4   (1.24) 7.4   (0.89) 1.2   (0.28) 3.2   (0.56) 64.5   (1.57) 18.4   (1.08) 2.3   (0.47) 2.7   (0.43) 10.7   (0.84) 18.6   (1.20) 11.8   (1.02)
Female                                                                                                
White 12,311   (7.2) 46.4   (0.21) 100.0   (†) 12.3   (0.15) 0.9   (0.04) 2.4   (0.08) 5.8   (0.11) 1.0   (0.05) 2.1   (0.07) 87.7   (0.15) 15.0   (0.17) 12.9   (0.15) 11.6   (0.17) 14.5   (0.18) 16.2   (0.19) 17.5   (0.19)
Black 3,065   (12.0) 26.2   (0.43) 100.0   (†) 13.3   (0.52) 2.2   (0.25) 1.9   (0.23) 5.7   (0.35) 0.6   (0.11) 2.9   (0.29) 86.7   (0.52) 17.3   (0.61) 7.9   (0.45) 11.4   (0.45) 9.8   (0.51) 18.7   (0.65) 21.6   (0.65)
Hispanic 4,393   (11.7) 21.3   (0.28) 100.0   (†) 12.8   (0.55) 1.1   (0.14) 4.1   (0.26) 5.2   (0.32) 0.7   (0.11) 1.6   (0.19) 87.2   (0.55) 18.0   (0.67) 9.2   (0.39) 9.8   (0.41) 12.6   (0.50) 18.7   (0.53) 19.0   (0.58)
Asian 1,604   (9.8) 68.2   (0.46) 100.0   (†) 34.1   (0.58) 8.4   (0.34) 11.4   (0.36) 9.6   (0.34) 1.8   (0.16) 2.9   (0.25) 65.9   (0.58) 17.9   (0.48) 4.0   (0.24) 11.3   (0.39) 10.6   (0.39) 12.9   (0.37) 9.2   (0.35)
Pacific Islander 46   (2.3) 21.5   (2.41) 100.0   (†) 27.5   (6.00)   (†) 8.7 ! (4.05) 11.8 ! (4.42)   (†)   (†) 72.5   (6.00) 20.3 ! (6.28)   (†)   (†) 16.1 ! (5.83) 7.2 ! (3.46) 16.4 ! (5.04)
American Indian/Alaska
     Native2
149   (3.8) 14.1   (1.25) 100.0   (†) 11.6   (2.63)   (†) 2.8 ! (0.98) 6.5   (1.85)   (†)   (†) 88.4   (2.63) 21.8   (3.91) 12.3   (2.70) 12.0   (2.85) 15.4   (3.22) 10.5   (2.56) 16.4   (3.36)
American Indian 124   (3.6) 13.9   (1.31) 100.0   (†) 10.9   (2.58)   (†) 1.9 ! (0.89) 7.2   (2.15)   (†)   (†) 89.1   (2.58) 23.1   (4.41) 12.1   (2.90) 7.3   (1.87) 18.0   (3.85) 9.4   (2.65) 19.1   (3.89)
Alaska Native 8   (1.0) 11.5 ! (4.46) 100.0   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Some other race3 63   (4.0) 44.2   (2.72) 100.0   (†) 14.6   (3.59) 4.1 ! (1.95) 4.6 ! (1.88) 3.2 ! (1.23)   (†)   (†) 85.4   (3.59) 12.0   (2.21) 7.8 ! (2.38) 12.1   (2.32) 15.7   (3.53) 20.0   (3.52) 17.9   (3.22)
Two or more races 541   (10.7) 42.8   (0.91) 100.0   (†) 15.1   (0.98) 2.1   (0.39) 3.1   (0.39) 6.9   (0.63) 1.1   (0.26) 1.8   (0.30) 84.9   (0.98) 14.1   (0.93) 7.3   (0.68) 9.3   (0.81) 16.6   (0.95) 21.2   (1.21) 16.5   (0.96)
                                                                                                 
Nativity                                                                                                
Hispanic                                                                                                
U.S.-born4 5,696   (27.9) 21.1   (0.25) 100.0   (†) 17.9   (0.46) 2.6   (0.18) 6.5   (0.34) 5.7   (0.30) 1.0   (0.12) 2.2   (0.17) 82.1   (0.46) 18.0   (0.50) 6.7   (0.28) 7.2   (0.33) 12.6   (0.41) 18.5   (0.48) 19.1   (0.43)
Foreign-born 3,496   (25.5) 12.8   (0.28) 100.0   (†) 24.4   (1.01) 3.3   (0.40) 14.2   (0.72) 4.6   (0.40) 0.7   (0.15) 1.5   (0.22) 75.6   (1.01) 24.3   (0.88) 6.9   (0.51) 5.6   (0.47) 9.5   (0.58) 13.4   (0.68) 15.9   (0.78)
Asian                                                                                                
U.S.-born4 1,012   (13.1) 62.6   (0.63) 100.0   (†) 31.9   (0.74) 4.8   (0.38) 10.7   (0.49) 12.1   (0.49) 1.3   (0.19) 3.0   (0.29) 68.1   (0.74) 18.5   (0.62) 3.4   (0.28) 8.8   (0.46) 9.6   (0.40) 16.6   (0.54) 11.1   (0.52)
Foreign-born 2,089   (16.0) 68.5   (0.52) 100.0   (†) 51.3   (0.57) 14.7   (0.41) 23.4   (0.44) 7.3   (0.27) 2.2   (0.17) 3.7   (0.20) 48.7   (0.57) 16.7   (0.42) 2.2   (0.17) 7.6   (0.29) 7.5   (0.34) 8.4   (0.27) 6.4   (0.25)
                                                                                                 
Citizenship status                                                                                                
U.S.-born citizen 37,371   (52.5) 35.4   (0.15) 100.0   (†) 18.9   (0.16) 2.9   (0.07) 6.5   (0.09) 5.9   (0.08) 1.1   (0.03) 2.5   (0.06) 81.1   (0.16) 18.5   (0.16) 8.3   (0.08) 7.7   (0.09) 12.5   (0.11) 16.1   (0.12) 17.9   (0.12)
Naturalized citizen 2,383   (20.7) 41.2   (0.46) 100.0   (†) 29.1   (0.62) 5.0   (0.31) 11.2   (0.42) 8.8   (0.33) 1.4   (0.17) 2.8   (0.22) 70.9   (0.62) 22.4   (0.63) 4.0   (0.26) 9.9   (0.37) 8.7   (0.35) 14.2   (0.42) 11.6   (0.47)
Noncitizen 5,119   (38.4) 35.1   (0.32) 100.0   (†) 47.8   (0.48) 13.5   (0.38) 22.7   (0.37) 5.6   (0.22) 2.2   (0.15) 3.9   (0.17) 52.2   (0.48) 17.1   (0.36) 3.4   (0.17) 5.7   (0.25) 8.5   (0.25) 9.3   (0.26) 8.2   (0.26)
†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.
1 Includes area, ethnic, and civilization studies; fine and commercial arts; English language and literature; liberal arts and humanities; linguistics and comparative language and literature; multi/interdisciplinary studies; philosophy and religious studies; and theology and religious vocations.
2 Includes persons reporting American Indian alone, persons reporting Alaska Native alone, and persons from American Indian and/or Alaska Native tribes specified or not specified.
3 Respondents who wrote in some other race that was not included as an option on the questionnaire.
4 Includes those born in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Marianas, as well as those born abroad to U.S.-citizen parents.
NOTE: Data are based on sample surveys of the entire 25- to 34-year-old population residing within the United States, including both noninstitutionalized persons (e.g., those living in households, college housing, or military housing located within the United States) and institutionalized persons (e.g., those living in prisons, nursing facilities, or other healthcare facilities). 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. STEM fields, as defined here, consist of the fields specified in columns 6 through 10. Data were assembled based on major field aggregations. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 2017. (This table was prepared March 2019.)

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