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What’s It Worth? Field of Training and Economic Status: 1996 - Appendix A

Appendix A. Fields of Training Categories

Questions on field of training were asked of people who received a vocational certificate or higher degree. People who received an advanced degree were asked about two fields of training: their advanced degree field and their bachelor's degree field. All others were asked about only one field. They were asked to categorize their fields as follows:

Vocational Certificate

  1. Agriculture/Forestry/Horticulture
  2. Auto mechanics
  3. Aviation
  4. Business/Office Management
  5. Computer and Information Services
  6. Construction Trades
  7. Cosmetology
  8. Drafting
  9. Electronics
  10. Food Service
  11. Health Care
  12. Home Economics
  13. Hotel and Restaurant Management
  14. Marketing and Distribution
  15. Metal Working
  16. Police/Protective Services
  17. Refrigeration, Heating, or Air Conditioning
  18. Transportation and Materials Moving
  19. Other

Associate Degree

  1. Agriculture/Forestry/Horticulture
  2. Business/Office Management
  3. Communications
  4. Computer and Information Services
  5. Education
  6. Engineering/Drafting
  7. Health Sciences
  8. Liberal Art/Humanities
  9. Natural Sciences(Biological and Physical)
  10. Police/Protective Services
  11. Social Sciences/History
  12. Visual and Commercial Arts
  13. Other Vocational/Technical Studies
  14. Other

Bachelor's Degree

  1. Agriculture/Forestry
  2. Art/Architecture
  3. Business/Management
  4. Communications
  5. Computer and Information Sciences
  6. Education
  7. Engineering
  8. English/Literature
  9. Foreign Languages
  10. Health Sciences
  11. Liberal Arts/Humanities
  12. Math/Statistics
  13. Nature Sciences(Biological and Physical)
  14. Philosophy/Religion/Theology
  15. Pre-Professional
  16. Psychology
  17. Social Sciences/History
  18. Other

Advanced Degree

  1. Agriculture
  2. Art/Architecture
  3. Business/Management
  4. Communications
  5. Computer and Information Sciences
  6. Education
  7. Engineering
  8. English/Literature
  9. Foreign Languages
  10. Law
  11. Liberal Arts/Humanities
  12. Math/Statistics
  13. Medicine/Dentistry
  14. Nature Sciences(Biological and Physical)
  15. Nursing/Pharmacy/Public Health
  16. Philosophy/Religion/Theology
  17. Psychology
  18. Social Sciences/History
  19. Other

Different combinations of the above-named fields were used for reporting data on field of training. Table 3 in this table package lists the counts of people according to the listed field they gave from the classifications above. These fields are also listed in Table A1.

Table A in the report accompanying these tables (P70-72) uses detailed fields.

In Tables 4A to 4D, the same categories were used, although fields where there were less than 100,000 estimated people were suppressed.

In Tables 4E to 4N, a collapsed set of fields of study were used in order to facilitate comparison across degree levels. These collapsed fields are referred to as "basic classification" in Table A1. In other words, the classification "business" used in Table 4E includes people with associate degrees in business/office management, communications and visual and commercial arts.

TABLE A1. Classification of Fields of Study: Fields of Study Given by Respondents Organized by Classification Category
Basic Classification Broad Field Detailed Field Listed Fields of Study -- by Degree Level
ADVANCED BACHELOR ASSOCIATE VOCATIONAL
** Due to small sample size these fields were classified in different broad fields and detailed fields. They appear without parentheses in the broad field in which they are classified, and with parentheses in the detailed field in which they are classified.
BUSINESS Business Business/Management/ Office Mgt. Business/management Business/management Business/office management Business/office management Marketing and Distribution
Communications   Communications Communications Visual/Commercial Arts  
  Communications**      
COMPUTER/ ENGINEER Computers Computer and Information Sciences Computer and Information Sciences Computer and Information Sciences Computer and Information Sciences Computer and Information Sciences
Engineering Engineering/drafting Engineering Engineering Engineering/drafting  
Electronics       Electronics
Math/statistics Math/statistics Math/statistics    
        Drafting **
ARTS AND SCIENCES Liberal Arts Art/architecture Art/architecture Art/architecture    
English/literature English/literature Foreign Languages English/literature    
Foreign Languages   Foreign Languages    
Liberal Arts/humanities Liberal Arts/humanities Liberal Arts/humanities Liberal Arts/humanities  
Philosophy/religion/ theology Philosophy/religion/ theology Philosophy/religion/ theology    
Soc Science, Law Law Law      
Police & Protective Services     Police & Protective Services  
Pre-professional   Pre-professional    
Psychology Psychology Psychology    
Social Sciences/history Social Sciences/history Social Sciences/history Social Sciences/history  
        Police Services **
Nat. Sci, Medicine Agriculture/forestry   Agriculture/forestry Agriculture/forestry  
Health Care/health Sciences   Health Sciences Health Sciences Health Care
Medicine/dentistry Medicine/dentistry      
Natural Sciences (Biological and Physical) Natural Sciences (biological and physical) Natural Sciences (biological and physical) Natural Sciences (biological and physical)  
Nursing/pharmacy/public Health Nursing/pharmacy/public Health      
  Agriculture/forestry **     Agriculture **
EDUCATION Education Education Education Education Education  
VOCATIONAL Vocational Auto Mechanics       Auto Mechanics
Construction Trades       Construction Trades
Cosmetology       Cosmetology
Other Vocational     Other vocational/ technical studies Aviation Food Services Home Economics Hotel and Restaurant Management Metal Working Refrigeration, Heating, or Air Conditioning Transportation and Materials Moving (Agriculture**) (Drafting**) (Police Service**)
OTHER Other Other (Agriculture**) (Communications**) Other Other Other Other

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Educational Attainment |  Last Revised: September 22, 2010