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Table H127. Percentage of public high school graduates who earned at least 2.0 credits or at least 3.0 credits in the occupational area, by career/technical education (CTE) occupational area: 1990, 2000, 2005, and 2009

  Percentage who earned at least 2.0 credits in the occupational area     Percentage who earned at least 3.0 credits in the occupational area
CTE occupational area 1990   2000   2005   2009     1990   2000   2005   2009  
                                   
Occupational education, total1 40.8   40.6   38.6   35.5     23.8   22.7   20.9   19.1  
                                   
Agriculture and natural resources 4.4   5.0   4.8   4.3     2.9   3.3   3.0   2.6  
Business 16.6   12.8   8.5   6.6     8.4   5.6   3.1   2.4  
Business finance 3.1   2.1   1.5   1.3     0.3     0.2   0.3  
Business management 0.9   1.7   1.8   2.3     0.2   0.7   0.8   0.7  
Business support 8.1   5.0   2.5   1.0     4.2   1.9   0.7   0.4  
Communications and design 2.7   4.6   5.4   5.8     0.9   1.6   2.0   2.2  
Computer and information sciences 1.8   3.7   3.7   3.1     0.3   1.1   1.4   1.0  
Construction and architecture 2.1   2.1   2.1   2.0     1.4   1.4   1.2   1.1  
Architecture 0.3 ! 0.4   0.3   0.5 !   #   0.2 ! 0.1 ! #  
Construction 1.8   1.7   1.8   1.5     1.3   1.2   1.1   1.0  
Consumer and culinary services 3.1   4.0   4.4   4.2     2.3   2.2   2.2   2.4  
Consumer services 2.4   2.8   2.5   2.4     1.7   1.5   1.3   1.4  
Culinary arts 0.7   0.9   1.5   1.5     0.5   0.6   0.7   0.8  
Engineering technologies 2.8   3.4   2.4   2.2     1.0   1.3   1.0   0.9  
Health sciences 0.9   2.7   3.3   4.0     0.6   2.0   2.2   2.6  
Manufacturing 6.0   4.1   3.7   2.8     2.8   1.9   1.8   1.3  
Marketing 3.6   2.8   2.6   1.9     2.4   1.7   1.4   0.9  
Public services   0.9   1.2   1.5     #   0.4   0.6   0.6  
Education and library science   0.5 ! 0.5   0.8     #   0.2 ! 0.2 ! 0.2  
Education #   0.5 ! 0.4   0.7     #   0.2 ! 0.2 ! 0.2 !
Library science   #   0.1 ! 0.1 !   #   #   #   #  
Protective and legal services/public administration #   #     0.7     #   #   #   0.4  
Protective services #   0.4   0.5   0.6     #   0.2   0.3 ! 0.4  
Public administration and legal services #   #   #   #     #   #   #   #  
Repair and transportation 3.8   3.1   3.4   3.3     2.6   2.2   2.3   2.1  
Mechanics and repair 3.6   3.0   3.3   3.0     2.5   2.1   2.2   1.9  
Transportation   0.1 !         0.1   #    
# 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.
1 Among all public high school graduates, the percentage in each year who earned 2.0 or more credits or 3.0 or more credits, respectively, in any one of the 12 main occupational areas listed.
NOTE: Students who earned at least 2.0 credits or at least 3.0 credits in multiple occupational areas were counted only once in the “Occupational education, total” row estimates.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 1990, 2000, 2005, and 2009.

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