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Table 321.10. Associate's degrees conferred by postsecondary institutions, by sex of student and field of study: 2008-09 through 2018-19
Field of study 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Total Males Females
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Total 787,243 848,856 943,506 1,021,718 1,007,427 1,005,155 1,014,341 1,008,228 1,005,687 1,011,696 1,036,662 407,219 629,443
Agriculture and natural resources 5,724 5,852 6,430 7,068 6,826 7,057 7,693 7,858 8,208 8,075 8,196 4,842 3,354
Agriculture, agriculture operations, and
    related sciences
4,525 4,615 4,925 5,400 5,227 5,420 5,975 6,158 6,439 6,306 6,442 3,704 2,738
Natural resources and conservation 1,199 1,237 1,505 1,668 1,599 1,637 1,718 1,700 1,769 1,769 1,754 1,138 616
Architecture and related services 605 553 569 593 468 425 491 478 503 539 585 365 220
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 174 199 209 194 271 363 382 419 420 559 713 320 393

Biological and biomedical sciences
2,337 2,664 3,276 3,834 4,185 4,557 4,883 5,266 5,550 6,391 7,299 2,206 5,093
Business 127,882 133,265 139,994 143,390 134,114 129,957 132,374 128,259 122,252 117,821 116,798 47,568 69,230
Business, management, marketing, and support services 111,524 116,798 121,735 123,014 114,842 113,056 113,681 110,036 108,376 105,785 105,587 43,523 62,064
Accounting and related services 16,707 17,925 20,180 20,270 18,061 17,400 16,080 14,790 13,760 13,022 12,131 3,418 8,713
Business/commerce, general 13,100 14,553 15,083 17,301 17,211 17,372 18,235 18,087 18,293 17,060 17,705 7,628 10,077
Business administration, management, and operations 52,938 46,086 46,253 45,879 49,816 50,121 52,668 52,758 53,930 55,404 56,296 26,036 30,260
Management information systems and services 1,103 1,221 1,244 1,164 1,085 1,176 987 935 953 921 943 639 304
Business operations support and assistant services 7,550 7,399 8,259 8,977 7,986 7,331 6,570 5,871 5,141 4,617 3,975 427 3,548
Business and management, other 20,126 29,614 30,716 29,423 20,683 19,656 19,141 17,595 16,299 14,761 14,537 5,375 9,162
Personal and culinary services 16,358 16,467 18,259 20,376 19,272 16,901 18,693 18,223 13,876 12,036 11,211 4,045 7,166

Communication, journalism, and related programs
2,722 2,841 3,051 3,495 4,299 4,970 6,034 6,759 7,379 7,785 8,549 3,724 4,825
Communications technologies 4,805 4,418 4,209 5,004 5,028 4,713 4,628 4,569 4,307 4,196 4,256 2,712 1,544
Computer and information sciences and support services 29,912 32,351 37,689 41,250 38,954 37,646 36,420 30,571 31,171 31,496 31,999 25,563 6,436
Construction trades 4,252 4,684 5,402 5,750 5,038 4,837 4,643 4,699 5,308 5,277 5,628 5,232 396

Education
14,123 17,346 20,460 20,762 18,744 17,605 17,178 17,032 16,603 16,180 16,210 1,738 14,472
Engineering 2,170 2,508 2,825 3,382 3,732 4,306 4,875 5,278 5,915 6,408 6,367 5,322 1,045
Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields1 30,441 31,883 35,519 36,642 33,752 31,792 31,958 27,243 27,021 26,722 25,977 22,059 3,918
English language and literature/letters 1,534 1,658 2,019 2,137 2,089 2,082 2,324 2,551 2,870 3,133 3,340 1,122 2,218

Family and consumer sciences/human sciences
9,035 9,515 8,532 9,506 8,996 8,669 8,750 8,930 8,871 8,858 9,369 442 8,927
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 1,630 1,683 1,888 1,980 2,131 2,284 2,102 2,208 2,363 2,607 2,798 670 2,128

Health professions and related programs
165,015 177,321 202,920 219,491 214,040 208,885 200,018 191,442 186,312 181,088 182,565 29,841 152,724
Dental assisting 6,574 7,063 7,498 7,790 7,823 7,988 7,762 7,584 7,397 7,072 7,128 418 6,710
Emergency medical technician (EMT paramedic) 2,270 2,413 2,895 3,352 3,520 3,521 3,456 3,380 3,453 3,413 3,648 2,431 1,217
Clinical/medical lab science 2,538 2,621 2,811 3,240 3,387 3,517 3,143 3,186 3,062 3,051 3,037 653 2,384
Medical and other health assisting 25,858 29,776 39,277 46,950 41,921 39,126 36,813 34,749 32,297 28,727 27,465 4,405 23,060
Nursing and patient care assistant 385 1 33 36 35 38 50 52 56 100 58 10 48
Practical nursing 1,299 1,973 2,069 2,366 2,361 2,230 1,858 1,404 1,420 1,105 1,274 151 1,123
Nursing, registered nurse and other 77,922 81,281 83,023 84,569 86,380 86,435 82,953 78,577 77,083 77,706 81,118 11,573 69,545
Health sciences, other 48,169 52,193 65,314 71,188 68,613 66,030 63,983 62,510 61,544 59,914 58,837 10,200 48,637
Homeland security, law enforcement, and firefighting 33,012 37,154 44,922 51,318 48,460 45,771 43,041 39,930 37,362 35,282 35,201 19,597 15,604
Criminal justice and corrections 28,998 32,648 40,022 45,971 42,785 40,297 37,820 35,122 32,589 30,472 30,398 15,309 15,089
Fire control and safety 3,947 4,307 4,603 4,779 4,910 4,649 4,525 4,241 4,191 4,284 4,305 3,932 373
Homeland security and related protective
    services, other
67 199 297 568 765 825 696 567 582 526 498 356 142

Legal professions and studies
9,062 9,999 11,619 12,315 11,862 10,502 9,095 8,017 6,904 6,218 5,651 886 4,765
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
    and humanities
263,947 284,954 306,674 336,938 344,171 353,946 367,852 381,202 386,746 398,002 410,629 155,712 254,917
Library science 116 112 160 159 181 194 170 146 158 156 195 27 168

Mathematics and statistics
933 1,051 1,644 1,529 1,801 2,148 2,697 3,027 3,454 4,135 4,631 3,199 1,432
Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians 16,059 16,326 19,969 20,715 20,487 20,100 19,984 20,543 20,821 21,310 21,647 20,067 1,580
Military technologies and applied sciences 721 668 856 986 1,002 1,084 1,229 1,047 1,093 1,226 1,202 925 277
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 15,472 17,279 23,729 27,263 27,407 28,167 29,139 30,482 30,780 31,102 33,383 13,909 19,474

Parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies
1,587 2,006 2,366 3,123 3,455 4,383 4,669 4,771 5,037 5,098 5,634 2,927 2,707
Philosophy and religious studies 193 256 283 308 326 435 697 814 1,002 1,049 1,144 641 503
Physical sciences and science technologies 3,650 4,141 5,078 5,827 6,376 6,916 7,568 8,484 9,223 10,119 10,557 6,058 4,499
Physical sciences 2,196 2,378 3,148 3,652 4,083 4,518 5,040 5,528 5,838 6,692 7,066 4,054 3,012
Science technologies/technicians 1,454 1,763 1,930 2,175 2,293 2,398 2,528 2,956 3,385 3,427 3,491 2,004 1,487
Precision production 2,127 2,794 3,254 3,320 3,345 3,903 4,382 4,794 5,251 5,334 5,385 4,970 415
Psychology 3,957 6,582 3,866 4,717 6,122 7,604 8,780 10,603 11,283 12,499 14,486 3,403 11,083
Public administration and social services 4,177 4,522 7,472 9,222 8,788 8,914 8,436 7,988 7,591 7,140 6,822 955 5,867

Social sciences and history
9,157 10,649 12,772 14,132 15,668 16,554 17,916 20,056 21,392 23,692 25,972 9,535 16,437
Social sciences 8,670 10,108 12,072 13,321 14,749 15,473 16,631 18,451 19,636 21,552 23,559 8,035 15,524
History 487 541 700 811 919 1,081 1,285 1,605 1,756 2,140 2,413 1,500 913

Theology and religious vocations
676 613 758 839 881 944 1,135 1,089 1,546 1,435 1,404 789 615
Transportation and materials moving 1,430 1,444 1,698 2,098 2,119 2,102 1,810 1,497 1,547 1,610 1,926 1,668 258

Visual and performing arts
18,606 19,565 21,394 22,431 22,309 21,340 20,988 20,176 19,444 19,154 20,144 8,225 11,919
Fine and studio arts 2,019 2,277 2,414 2,339 2,541 2,699 2,866 3,082 3,315 3,767 4,060 1,314 2,746
Music and dance 1,152 1,335 1,356 1,683 1,743 1,715 1,886 1,989 1,993 2,309 2,621 1,613 1,008
Visual and performing arts, other2 15,435 15,953 17,624 18,409 18,025 16,926 16,236 15,105 14,136 13,078 13,463 5,298 8,165
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 in this table represent the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data are for postsecondary institutions participating 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 2009 through Fall 2019, Completions component. (This table was prepared June 2020.)

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