ERIC Number: ED382090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Vital Signs for the Academy and the Health Professions.
Horton, Nancy; Knopp, Linda
Research Briefs, v5 n7 p1-12 1994
This report examines data on degrees conferred in the health professions and the absorption of these professionals into the economy. Overall, the number of degrees awarded in the health professions increased by 10 percent between 1984-85 and 1991-92. However, during the same period, the number of degrees conferred in all other fields increased by 19 percent. The two most popular degrees in the health professions in 1991-92 were nursing (47 percent) and medicine (8 percent). Nearly 77 percent of all health degrees awarded in 1991-92 went to women, and 82 percent went to white students. One year after graduation, 1989-90 recipients of bachelor's degrees in the health professions were more likely to find employment related to their field of study than recipients of bachelor's degrees in other fields of study. Freshman interest in pharmacy, therapy, and pre-professional health majors reached an all-time high in 1993, while their interest in nursing majors reached record levels in 1992. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in the health professions will account for 12 percent of total job growth between 1992 and 2005. (MDM)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations, Allied Health Occupations Education, Degrees (Academic), Educational Trends, Employment Patterns, Enrollment, Graduate Medical Education, Health Occupations, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Medical Education, Salaries, Student Attitudes, Trend Analysis
American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036 (single copy $10; 8-issue annual subscription $58).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Policy Analysis and Research.