Recently My Money Blog wrote an article Supply and Demand: Technical vs. Humanities College Majors
in which they showed a chart that compared the number of degrees in specific technical fields versus certain humanities and social sciences. The chart showed the computer science, chemical engineering, psychology, communications/journalism and visual/performing arts degrees earned in 1985 versus 2009.
I thought it would be interesting to see the % of degrees awarded in the broader areas over time.
The Dept. of Education has data on college degrees. For the chart below I got the data from the table titled : "Bachelor's degrees conferred by degree-granting institutions, by race/ethnicity and sex of student: Selected years, 1976-77 through 2008-09"
The chart shows the % of total degrees that each general area gets.
Here are select years shown in table format :
|Social & behavioral sci||23.0%||15.1%||16.8%||16.2%||16.4%|
|Computer sci and engineering||6.3%||9.7%||9.6%||9.4%||7.7%|
The change in % from 1970 to 2008 for each major area :
|Social & behavioral sci||-6.6%|
|Computer sci and engineering||1.4%|
I'm sure there are various reasons for the changes in which areas people get degrees.
I've written previous similar articles on What Majors Graduates Get Bachelors Degrees in and the Most Common Degrees Obained by Gender