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Table P182. Percentage distribution of subbaccalaureate occupational education students across credential goals, by field of study and selected student characteristics: 2015–16
Field of study and student characteristic Certificate   Associate’s degree  
Field of study        
Agriculture and natural resources 19.7   80.3  
Business and marketing 9.6   90.4  
Communication and communications technologies 16.8   83.2  
Computer and information sciences 11.4   88.6  
Consumer services1 45.6   54.4  
Education 9.1   90.9  
Engineering, architecture, and science technologies 14.2   85.8  
Health sciences 26.5   73.5  
Manufacturing, construction, repair, and transportation 56.3   43.7  
Protective services 12.1   87.9  
Public, legal, and social services2 10.0   90.0  
Male 21.5   78.5  
Female 23.0   77.0  
Age (as of 12/31/15)        
than 25
19.4   80.6  
25–34 24.3   75.7  
35 or older 27.0   73.0  
White 22.8   77.2  
Black 25.9   74.1  
Hispanic 21.1   78.9  
Asian 16.1   83.9  
Other 18.9   81.1  
Family income4        
25 percent
24.0   76.0  
50 percent
21.7   78.3  
25 percent
21.8   78.2  
Parents’ highest level of education5        
High school or less 23.0   77.0  
Some college, no
bachelor’s degree
21.9   78.1  
Bachelor’s or
higher degree
22.2   77.8  
1Includes personal and culinary services; family, consumer, and human sciences; and parks, recreation, and fitness studies.
2Includes legal professions and studies; library science; theology and religious vocations; and public administration and social services.
3Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, and Other includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and persons of Two or more races. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
4Family income is the 2014 income of parents of dependent students, or the 2014 income of independent students and (if married) their spouse.
5Excludes 0.6 percent of subbaccalaureate occupational education students who did not know their parents’ highest level of education.
NOTE: Data include students enrolled in Title IV eligible postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The estimated number of subbaccalaureate occupational students is approximately 6,705,000. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015–16 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:16).