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Total number of public school teachers and percentage distribution of public school teachers, by race/ethnicity and selected main teaching assignments: 2015–16

 
          Percent of teachers by race/ethnicity
Selected main teaching assignment   Total number of teachers   Percent of teachers   Hispanic, regardless of race   White, non-Hispanic   Black, non-Hispanic   Asian or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic   American Indian/Alaska Native, non-Hispanic   Two or more races, non-Hispanic  
All teachers   3,722,200   100.0   8.9   80.1   6.7   2.5   0.4   1.4  
                                   
Selected main teaching assignment                                  
General education1   1,631,300   43.8   8.7   80.3   6.8   2.6   0.4   1.2  
Humanities2   766,800   20.6   12.7   76.7   6.0   2.3   0.5   1.8  
Arts and music3   254,100   6.8   5.3   86.5   4.5   2.1   0.4 ! 1.2  
Behavioral & social sciences4   100,800   2.7   7.1   84.4   6.1   0.4 !   1.7  
Career, technical, & vocational education5   174,000   4.7   5.5   81.8   9.0   1.9   0.6 ! 1.2  
Mathematics & computer science6   317,400   8.5   8.3   77.7   8.0   3.8   0.4   1.7  
Natural sciences7   255,100   6.9   7.0   81.5   5.6   3.4   0.6   2.0  
Other8   222,700   6.0   7.6   80.6   8.3   2.0   0.4 ! 1.0  
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error is 50 percent or more of the estimate).
1 General education includes: early childhood or pre-K, elementary grades, middle grades, and special education.
2 Humanities includes: art history, communications, composition, English, language arts, literature or literary criticism, reading, ESL or bilingual education, foreign languages, area or ethnic studies, government or civics, history, Native American studies, and philosophy.
3 Arts and music includes: art or arts and crafts, dance, drama or theatre, and music.
4 Behavioral and social sciences includes: social studies, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, and other social sciences.
5 Career, technical, & vocational education includes: agriculture and natural resources, business management, business support, marketing and distribution, healthcare occupations, construction trades, engineering, or science technologies, mechanic and repair, manufacturing or precision production, communications and related technologies, personal and public services, family and consumer sciences education, industrial arts or technology education, and other career or technical education.
6 Mathematics & computer science includes: algebra I, algebra II, algebra III, basic and general mathematics, business and applied math, calculus and pre-calculus, computer science, geometry, pre-algebra, statistics and probability, and trigonometry.
7 Natural sciences includes: sciences, general, biology or life sciences, chemistry, earth science, engineering, integrated science, physical science, physics, and other natural sciences.
8 Other includes: journalism, speech, health education, physical education, driver education, library or information science, military science or ROTC, religious studies, and other.
NOTE: Teachers include regular full-time, part-time, itinerant, and long-term substitute teachers. Administrators, library media specialists or librarians, other professional staff, and support staff who teach are not included. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2015–16.