credits and various minimum numbers of credits, by career/technical education (CTE) area: 2009"> Table H123. Percentage of public high school graduates who earned any <a href="#" id="tip" data-toggle="popover" data-placement="bottom" data-content="Credit is a standardized measure used to provide a consistent measure of coursetaking from students' high school transcripts. A credit is equivalent to one Carnegie unit, which is awarded for a class that meets for one period per day for the entire school year, or the equivalent instructional time. It is possible for students to earn less than one Carnegie unit if a class meets less than one period per day for the entire school year.">credits</a> and various minimum numbers of credits, by <a href="#" id="tip" data-toggle="popover" data-placement="bottom" data-content="Career/technical education (CTE) in high school encompasses non-occupational CTE, which includes family and consumer sciences education (i.e., courses that prepare students for roles outside the paid labor market) and general labor market preparation (i.e., courses that teach general employment skills such as word processing and introductory technology skills); and occupational education, which teaches skills required in specific occupations or occupational clusters.">career/technical education</a> (CTE) area: 2009
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Table H123. Percentage of public high school graduates who earned any credits and various minimum numbers of credits, by career/technical education (CTE) area: 2009

      Minimum number of credits
CTE area Any credits   At least 1.0 credits   At least 2.0 credits   At least 3.0 credits   At least 4.0 credits   At least 5.0 credits  
                         
Any CTE area6 94.2   88.5   70.9   54.6   40.3   28.6  
                         
Non-occupational CTE, any 70.3   54.0   22.6   9.3   4.1   1.7  
Family and consumer sciences education 33.8   19.7   4.2   0.7   0.2   #  
General labor market preparation, total 59.4   41.5   12.1   4.6   2.3   1.0  
Basic keyboarding/typewriting 14.2   3.9   #   #   #   #  
Career preparation 47.7   31.8   8.0   3.1   1.5   0.7  
Industrial arts 3.9   2.7   0.6   0.2   0.1 ! #  
Introduction to technology 4.7   3.1   0.2   #   #   #  
Other general labor market preparation 3.3   1.0 ! 0.1   0.1 ! #   #  
                         
Occupational education, any 84.9   76.1   53.2   36.2   23.8   15.5  
Agriculture and natural resources 10.7   8.7   4.3   2.6   1.6   0.7  
Business 32.5   22.7   6.6   2.4   1.0   0.5  
Business finance 9.1   6.7   1.3   0.3   0.1 ! 0.1 !
Business management 18.5   11.0   2.3   0.7   0.3   0.1  
Business support 11.7   7.7   1.0   0.4   0.1   #  
Communications and design 29.6   19.5   5.8   2.2   1.0   0.4  
Computer and information sciences 21.2   12.9   3.1   1.0   0.4   0.2  
Construction and architecture 6.7   5.0   2.0   1.1   0.7   0.4  
Architecture 2.7   1.9   0.5 ! #   #   #  
Construction 4.3   3.1   1.5   1.0   0.6   0.4  
Consumer and culinary services 18.0   10.2   4.2   2.4   1.5   1.0  
Consumer services 11.6   6.0   2.4   1.4   1.0   0.6  
Culinary arts 8.1   4.1   1.5   0.8   0.5   0.3  
Engineering technologies 11.1   8.3   2.2   0.9   0.4   0.2  
Health sciences 10.3   8.1   4.0   2.6   1.6   0.9  
Manufacturing 12.9   8.4   2.8   1.3   0.6   0.4  
Marketing 8.5   5.6   1.9   0.9   0.3   0.1 !
Public services 9.6   6.6   1.5   0.6   0.3   0.1 !
Education and library science 3.6   2.5   0.8   0.2   0.1 ! #  
Education 2.6   1.9   0.7   0.2 ! 0.1 ! #  
Library science 1.0   0.6   0.1 ! #   #   #  
Protective and legal services/public administration 6.0   4.2   0.7   0.4   0.2   0.1 !
Protective services 6.0   4.1   0.6   0.4   0.2   0.1 !
Public administration and legal services 0.1 !   #   #   #   #  
Repair and transportation 8.0   6.0   3.3   2.1   1.5   1.1  
Mechanics and repair 6.8   5.3   3.0   1.9   1.3   0.9  
Transportation 1.5   0.8          
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Students may earn credits in more than one CTE area.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 2009.

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