The WaPo published some education statistics extracted from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Note: The source – ”Digest of Education Statistics” – is a veritable treasure trove of education statistics
One dissected data series was the distribution of undergrad degrees granted.
I was a bit surprised to see that roughly 1 in 5 undergraduate degrees granted are in business.
Here are a few other points that caught my eye …
- Social studies & history are down … probably reflecting diminished interest in post-grad law degrees
- Health-related degrees are up … but are still under 1 in 10
- Psyche degrees are up and rank #4 … say, what?
- Education degrees are down big … used to be over 1 in 5, now are approaching 1 in 20.
- Engineering is down to below 1 in 20 … so much for STEM!
- Computer science is about 1 in 40… barely edging out Parks & Recreation.
I expected to see IT and computer degrees sky-rocketing since that’s a hot, well=paying discipline.
That’s not the case ….
In fact, IT & CS degrees have fallen as a proportion of the total since the early 2000s.
At least the nation is building up a reserve of psychologists ….