occupational education students within each Field of study classifies students into three broad categories based on their major field of study: academic field of study (e.g., fine and performing arts, humanities, mathematics, and science), career/technical or occupational field of study (e.g., business and marketing, computer sciences, education, health care), and undeclared field of study. See the postsecondary taxonomy for more information on fields of study. ">field of study, by sex and age: 2011–12" />
|Table P131. Percentage distribution of credential-seeking subbaccalaureate occupational education students within each field of study, by sex and age: 2011–12|
|Field of study||Number of students||Sex||Age|
|Total||Male||Female||Total||Younger than 25||25–34||35 or older||Average age|
|All credential-seeking subbaccalaureate
occupational education students
|Agriculture and natural resources||93,000||100.0||60.1||39.9||100.0||63.6||14.4||22.0||28.0|
|Business and marketing||1,410,000||100.0||44.1||55.9||100.0||47.2||29.5||23.3||28.6|
|Communications and design||253,000||100.0||50.2||49.8||100.0||60.2||23.3||16.5||26.4|
|Computer and information sciences||532,000||100.0||77.3||22.7||100.0||42.8||32.5||24.7||29.2|
|Engineering and architecture||560,000||100.0||86.0||14.0||100.0||51.3||28.6||20.1||27.7|
|Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation||592,000||100.0||95.2||4.8||100.0||50.6||27.3||22.0||28.2|
|Public, legal, and social services||259,000||100.0||17.4||82.6||100.0||39.9||29.9||30.3||30.8|
|NOTE: Data include the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Increases in the number or proportion of students with occupational and academic majors from 2008 to 2012, and decreases in undeclared majors, may be caused in part by a methodological change. In 2012, but not in 2008, students with an undeclared major were asked their intended major; those with an intended major were coded as having a major field of study rather than as undeclared.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2011–12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12).