published Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

What are the top five fastest growing degrees?

The U.S. Census Bureau reported last week that educational attainment improved in the past decade with the fastest growth rate among those earning Ph.D. and other doctoral degrees.

From 2002 to 2012:

1 Doctoral degrees grew 45 percent, to 1 million.

2 Master's degrees grew 43 percent, to 5 million.

3 Associate degrees, primarily from two-year community colleges, grew 31 percent to 5 million.

4 Bachelor's degrees grew 25 percent, to 41 million

5 No degrees from high school or college fell by 13 percent, to 25 million.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Census

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