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Table 321.10. Associate's degrees conferred by postsecondary institutions, by sex of student and field of study: 2009-10 through 2019-20
Field of study 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Total Males Females
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Total 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 1,036,640 1,018,233 393,079 625,154
Agriculture and natural resources 10,044 11,257 12,691 12,706 12,655 13,759 13,484 13,686 13,087 13,229 12,738 4,959 7,779
Agricultural, animal, plant, veterinary science, and
    related fields
8,807 9,752 11,023 11,107 11,018 12,041 11,784 11,917 11,318 11,475 11,071 3,915 7,156
Natural resources and conservation 1,237 1,505 1,668 1,599 1,637 1,718 1,700 1,769 1,769 1,754 1,667 1,044 623
Architecture and related services 553 569 593 468 425 491 478 503 539 585 613 389 224
Area, ethnic, cultural, gender, and group studies 199 209 194 271 363 382 419 420 559 713 666 276 390

Biological and biomedical sciences
2,664 3,276 3,834 4,185 4,557 4,883 5,266 5,550 6,391 7,299 7,443 2,234 5,209
Business 133,265 139,994 143,390 134,114 129,957 132,374 128,259 122,252 117,821 116,799 112,120 45,442 66,678
Business, management, marketing, and support services 116,798 121,735 123,014 114,842 113,056 113,681 110,036 108,376 105,785 105,588 102,536 42,048 60,488
Accounting and related services 17,925 20,180 20,270 18,061 17,400 16,080 14,790 13,760 13,022 12,114 11,464 3,238 8,226
Business/commerce, general 14,553 15,083 17,301 17,211 17,372 18,235 18,087 18,293 17,060 17,705 17,100 7,380 9,720
Business administration, management, and operations 46,086 46,253 45,879 49,816 50,121 52,668 52,758 53,930 55,404 56,307 56,268 25,433 30,835
Management information systems and services 1,221 1,244 1,164 1,085 1,176 987 935 953 921 943 854 599 255
Business operations support and assistant services 7,399 8,259 8,977 7,986 7,331 6,570 5,871 5,141 4,617 3,974 3,391 355 3,036
Business and management, other 29,614 30,716 29,423 20,683 19,656 19,141 17,595 16,299 14,761 14,545 13,459 5,043 8,416
Culinary, entertainment, and personal services 16,467 18,259 20,376 19,272 16,901 18,693 18,223 13,876 12,036 11,211 9,584 3,394 6,190

Communication, journalism, and related programs
2,841 3,051 3,495 4,299 4,970 6,034 6,759 7,379 7,785 8,548 9,012 4,002 5,010
Communications technologies 4,418 4,209 5,004 5,028 4,713 4,628 4,569 4,307 4,196 4,256 4,097 2,596 1,501
Computer and information sciences and support services 32,351 37,689 41,250 38,954 37,646 36,420 30,571 31,171 31,496 32,001 32,016 25,293 6,723

Education
17,346 20,460 20,762 18,744 17,605 17,178 17,032 16,603 16,180 16,210 16,177 1,775 14,402
Engineering 2,508 2,825 3,382 3,732 4,306 4,875 5,278 5,915 6,408 6,367 6,506 5,340 1,166
Engineering technologies1 52,893 60,890 63,107 59,277 56,729 56,585 52,485 53,150 53,309 53,252 49,401 43,992 5,409
English language and literature/letters 1,658 2,019 2,137 2,089 2,082 2,324 2,551 2,870 3,133 3,340 3,425 1,127 2,298

Family and consumer sciences/human sciences
9,515 8,532 9,506 8,996 8,669 8,750 8,930 8,871 8,858 9,365 9,261 449 8,812
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics 1,683 1,888 1,980 2,131 2,284 2,102 2,208 2,363 2,607 2,798 2,905 667 2,238

Health professions and related programs
173,129 198,093 213,868 208,160 203,287 193,952 185,816 180,834 176,076 177,506 172,207 28,204 144,003
Dental assisting 7,063 7,498 7,790 7,823 7,988 7,762 7,584 7,397 7,072 7,129 5,607 323 5,284
Emergency medical technician (EMT paramedic) 2,413 2,895 3,352 3,520 3,521 3,456 3,380 3,453 3,413 3,648 3,527 2,363 1,164
Clinical/medical lab science 2,621 2,811 3,240 3,387 3,517 3,143 3,186 3,062 3,051 3,037 3,116 678 2,438
Medical and other health assisting 25,719 34,507 41,402 36,099 33,596 30,825 29,191 26,998 23,918 22,689 17,906 3,344 14,562
Nursing and patient care assistant 1 33 36 35 38 50 52 56 100 58 79 10 69
Practical nursing 1,973 2,069 2,366 2,361 2,230 1,858 1,404 1,420 1,105 1,274 1,297 145 1,152
Nursing, registered nurse and other 81,280 83,021 84,567 86,377 86,378 82,904 78,518 77,051 77,658 81,070 82,859 11,801 71,058
Health sciences, other 52,059 65,259 71,115 68,558 66,019 63,954 62,501 61,397 59,759 58,601 57,816 9,540 48,276
Homeland security, law enforcement, and firefighting 37,154 44,922 51,318 48,460 45,771 43,041 39,930 37,362 35,282 35,197 34,892 18,853 16,039
Criminal justice and corrections 32,194 39,102 44,972 41,570 38,248 36,213 34,452 31,983 29,886 29,758 29,730 14,603 15,127
Fire control and safety 4,307 4,603 4,779 4,910 4,649 4,525 4,241 4,191 4,284 4,305 4,031 3,652 379
Homeland security and related protective
    services, other
78 136 365 510 492 440 375 402 382 379 538 353 185
Security science and technology 575 1,081 1,202 1,470 2,382 1,863 862 786 730 755 593 245 348

Legal professions and studies
9,999 11,619 12,315 11,862 10,502 9,095 8,017 6,904 6,218 5,646 5,534 870 4,664
Liberal arts and sciences, general studies,
    and humanities
284,954 306,674 336,938 344,171 353,946 367,852 381,202 386,746 398,002 410,632 402,669 149,030 253,639
Library science 112 160 159 181 194 170 146 158 156 195 202 30 172

Mathematics and statistics
1,051 1,644 1,529 1,801 2,148 2,697 3,027 3,454 4,135 4,632 4,841 3,398 1,443
Military technologies and applied sciences 668 856 986 1,002 1,084 1,229 1,047 1,093 1,226 1,202 992 761 231
Multi/interdisciplinary studies 17,279 23,729 27,263 27,407 28,167 29,139 30,482 30,780 31,102 33,390 33,655 13,884 19,771

Parks, recreation, leisure, fitness, and kinesiology
2,006 2,366 3,123 3,455 4,383 4,669 4,771 5,037 5,098 5,634 5,668 2,995 2,673
Philosophy and religious studies 256 283 308 326 435 697 814 1,384 1,357 1,417 1,625 1,000 625
Physical sciences and science technologies 4,141 5,078 5,827 6,376 6,916 7,568 8,484 9,223 10,119 10,557 10,744 5,998 4,746
Physical sciences 2,378 3,148 3,652 4,083 4,518 5,040 5,528 5,838 6,692 7,066 6,753 3,818 2,935
Science technologies/technicians 1,763 1,930 2,175 2,293 2,398 2,528 2,956 3,385 3,427 3,491 3,991 2,180 1,811
Precision production 2,794 3,254 3,320 3,345 3,903 4,382 4,794 5,251 5,334 5,386 4,748 4,324 424
Psychology 6,582 3,866 4,717 6,122 7,604 8,780 10,603 11,283 12,499 14,486 16,202 3,735 12,467
Public administration and social services 4,522 7,472 9,222 8,788 8,914 8,436 7,988 7,591 7,140 6,822 6,321 845 5,476

Social sciences and history
10,649 12,772 14,132 15,668 16,554 17,916 20,056 21,392 23,692 25,974 28,212 10,348 17,864
Social sciences 10,108 12,072 13,321 14,749 15,473 16,631 18,451 19,636 21,552 23,561 25,710 8,831 16,879
History 541 700 811 919 1,081 1,285 1,605 1,756 2,140 2,413 2,502 1,517 985

Theology and religious vocations
613 758 839 881 944 1,135 1,089 1,164 1,127 1,131 1,079 506 573
Transportation and materials moving 1,444 1,698 2,098 2,119 2,102 1,810 1,497 1,547 1,610 1,926 1,720 1,473 247

Visual and performing arts
19,565 21,394 22,431 22,309 21,340 20,988 20,176 19,444 19,154 20,145 20,542 8,284 12,258
Fine and studio arts 2,277 2,414 2,339 2,541 2,699 2,866 3,082 3,315 3,767 4,060 4,257 1,360 2,897
Music and dance 1,335 1,356 1,683 1,743 1,715 1,886 1,989 1,993 2,309 2,621 2,641 1,641 1,000
Visual and performing arts, other2 15,953 17,624 18,409 18,025 16,926 16,236 15,105 14,136 13,078 13,464 13,644 5,283 8,361
1 Includes Engineering technologies and engineering-related fields; Construction trades; and Mechanic and repair technologies/technicians.
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. Degree counts are limited to degree-granting institutions. Data in this table are based on the 2020 Classification of Instructional 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 2010 through Fall 2020, Completions component. (This table was prepared August 2021.)

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