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Table B06. Percentage of students who considered their current job to be the start of a career, by highest credential attained, field of study when last enrolled, and sex, among 199596 and 200304 beginning postsecondary students who were not enrolled and were employed 6 years later: 2001 and 2009
Highest credential attained and field of study1,2 Total   Female   Male  
2001   2009 2001   2009 2001   2009
Total, all beginning students who were
employed and not enrolled 6 years later
67.3   53.5   66.5   52.7   68.4   54.6  
Attained subbaccalaureate credential 73.1   56.6   72.8   56.4   73.5   56.8  
Career/technical field of study 74.2   57.2   75.3   58.6   72.6   55.1  
Academic field of study 65.2   52.8     48.1     60.4  
Attained certificate 68.3   58.5   67.7   56.6   69.2   61.8  
Career/technical field of study 69.6   58.3   69.6   58.2   69.5   58.6  
Academic field of study   70.7     66.9      
Attained associate's degree 80.4   54.2   81.6   56.2   79.2   51.7  
Career/technical field of study 81.7   56.0   85.7   59.1   77.1   51.8  
Academic field of study   44.3     39.4     52.5  
Attained bachelor's degree 75.4   65.7   74.5   66.0   76.8   65.3  
Career field of study 80.1   68.9   80.3   69.0   79.9   68.8  
Academic field of study 66.1   58.4   63.1   59.8   70.3   56.2  
Did not attain a credential 57.5   44.3   54.9   41.8   60.2   47.2  
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Career/technical fields include agriculture and natural resources; architecture and related services; business and marketing; visual and performing arts; communications, journalism, and related technologies; computer and information sciences; construction trades; education; engineering, engineering technologies, and related fields; family, consumer sciences and human sciences; health sciences; legal professions and studies; mechanic and repair technologies and technicians; parks, recreation, and leisure and fitness studies; precision production; personal and culinary services; public administration and social service; homeland security, law enforcement and protective services; and transportation and materials moving.
2 Academic fields include area, ethnic, cultural and group studies; biological and biomedical sciences; English language, literature, and letters; foreign languages and literature and linguistics; mathematics and statistics; multi and interdisciplinary studies; philosophy, theology, and religious studies; physical sciences; psychology; science technologies and technicians; social sciences and history; general studies and liberal arts and sciences; and humanities.
NOTE: Estimates include students enrolled in Title IV eligible postsecondary institutions in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Students who reported no degree program or an undeclared field of study in their last interview but subsequently earned a certificate or degree are included in the totals but are not shown separately by field of study. These estimates were previously published in NCES report #2012-256, "Occupational and Academic Majors in Postsecondary Education: 6-Year Education and Employment Outcomes, 2001 and 2009."
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1995–96 and 2003–04 Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Studies, Second Follow-ups (BPS:96/01 and BPS:04/09).

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