Updates on College Degrees by Field and Sex
New data were recently released by the Department of Education for college degrees awarded for the 2007-2008 academic year by sex and field of study, and those data are summarized in the two tables above. Some interesting points:
1. Engineering and computer science remain the two most male-dominated fields, at all levels (bachelor's, master's and doctor's).
2. Women earn almost as many degrees in mathematics as men at the undergraduate (44.1%) and master's level (42.6%), but earn significantly fewer 31% at the doctoral level.
3. At the Master's level, women earn more degrees than men in 10 out of the 17 fields.
4. At the First Professional Level, women earn significantly more of the degrees in Optometry (66%), Pharmacy (66%), veterinary medicine (77%) and naturopathic medicine (80%).
5. Medicine, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, podiatry, and law degrees are pretty balanced between men and women, and men earn significantly more chiropractic degrees than women.