The 1998 ACT High School Profile Report — National Data

Table 12: Distribution of Planned Educational Majors and ACT Composite Scores


Agriculture & Ag Technology  |  Architectural & Environmental Design  |  Business & Management  |  Business & Office  |  Marketing & Distribution  |  Communication & Comm Technology  |  Community & Personal Services  |  Computer and Information Science  |  Cross-Disciplinary Studies  |  Education  |  Teacher Education  |  Engineering  |  Engineer-Related Technology  |  Foreign Languages  |  Health Science & Allied  |  Home Economics  |  Letters  |  Mathematics  |  Philosophy, Religion, Theology  |  Sciences  |  Social Sciences  |  Trade & Industrial  |  Visual/Performing Arts  |  Undecided


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Agriculture & Ag Technology (20691) (19.4)
Agricultural Business 1265 19.5
Agricultural Economics 162 20.0
Agricultural Mechanics 300 18.1
Agri Production/Technology 265 19.5
Agronomy 357 20.6
Animal Sciences 1801 20.4
Farm & Ranch Management 755 18.8
Fish, Game, Wildlife Management 3313 19.3
Food Sciences/Technology 141 19.3
Forestry & Related Sciences 1690 19.9
Horticulture/Ornamental Horticulture 634 20.2
Natural Resources Management 422 21.2
Agriculture & Ag Tech, General 9586 19.1


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Architectural & Environmental Design (21200) (20.9)
Architectural Drafting 4317 20.2
Architecture 2414 22.3
Building Con/Construction Science 764 18.5
City & Regional Planning 144 21.6
Environmental Design 173 20.2
Interior Design 2342 19.9
Landscape Architecture 1086 20.1
Archi & Envir Design, General 9960 21.3


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Business & Management (103694) (20.6)
Accounting 13713 20.6
Banking & Finance 2704 21.3
Business Admin & Management 13530 20.3
Business Economics 1492 21.8
Contract Management & Purchasing 140 19.2
Hotel/Restaurant Management 1927 19.3
Human Resource Devel/Training 272 19.5
Institutional Management 35 18.3
Insurance & Risk Management 447 20.1
International Business/Management 3930 22.5
Labor/Industrial Relations 61 20.6
Management Information Systems 350 21.6
Management Science 117 20.9
Marketing Management & Research 2628 20.6
Organizational Behavior 43 21.0
Personnel Management 284 18.9
Real Estate 841 18.3
Small Business Mgmt/Ownership 4287 19.4
Trade & Industrial Management 126 18.7
Transportation Management 99 19.3
Business & Management, General 56668 20.7


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Business & Office (8643) (18.2)
Bookkeeping 156 17.7
Business DP/Computer Operations 752 17.2
Court Reporting 128 18.2
Office Supervision & Management 506 18.5
Secretarial 1298 17.3
Typing & General Office 248 16.4
Word Processing 104 16.2
Business & Office, General 5451 18.6


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Marketing & Distribution (5919) (19.4)
Fashion Merchandising 1232 18.9
Retailing & Sales 618 19.1
Travel Services & Tourism 503 18.2
Marketing & Distrib, General 3566 19.8


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Communication & Comm Technology (37457) (21.4)
Advertising 2321 21.1
Commercial Art 1442 20.3
Graphic & Print Communication 794 19.9
Journalism 5961 22.7
Photo/Motion Picture Technology 841 20.0
Public Relations 1534 21.3
Radio/TV Broadcasting 5544 20.4
Radio/TV Production & Technology 963 20.3
Communic & Comm Tech, General 18057 21.7


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Community & Personal Services (30317) (18.9)
Corrections 161 17.5
Cosmetology/Barbering 1093 16.4
Criminal Justice/Criminology 8536 19.2
Fire Protection/Safety Tech 909 18.5
Funeral Services/Mortuary Science 318 17.6
Law Enforcement & Admin 5190 18.4
Library Science/Assisting 108 21.3
Military Science/Technology 504 21.1
Parks & Recreation 278 19.8
Public Administration 126 21.2
Public Affairs 118 19.1
Social Work 3168 19.0
Commnty & Prsnl Svcs, General 9808 19.0


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Computer and Information Science (31973) (21.4)
Computer Programming 8279 20.4
Computer Science 8966 22.3
Data Processing 310 16.8
Information Sciences & Systems 902 21.4
Math/Computer Science 788 23.9
Computer & Info Sci, General 12728 21.3


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Cross-Disciplinary Studies (812) (23.0)
Area & Ethnic Studies 129 20.7
Liberal/General Studies 485 23.1
Multi-/Interdisc Studies 68 25.9
Cross-Disc Studies, General 130 23.1


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Education (52593) (20.3)
Adult & Continuing Education 143 20.8
Education Administration 372 19.8
Elementary Education 19212 20.0
Jr High/Middle School Educ 2004 19.7
Pre-Elementary Education 3110 18.6
Secondary Education 5561 21.8
Student Counseling 684 18.8
Teacher Aide 42 16.2
Education, General 21465 20.4


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Teacher Education (36037) (20.4)
Agricultural Education 280 20.0
Art Education 975 20.4
Business Education 180 19.2
English Education 2795 22.2
Foreign Languages Educ 397 21.8
Health Education 189 17.7
Home Economics Education 109 18.7
Industrial Arts Education 70 19.3
Mathematics Education 1594 22.2
Music Education 3961 22.1
Physical Education 4926 17.9
Science Education 610 22.0
Soc Studies/Soc Sci Educ 1744 21.2
Special Education 2175 20.1
Speech Correction Education 259 20.2
Teaching English as 2nd Language 105 20.7
Technical/Trade Education 84 19.1
Teacher Education, Other 1005 19.6
Teacher Education, General 14579 20.2


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Engineering (65242) (22.8)
Aerospace Engineering 4223 24.5
Agricultural Engineering 397 21.6
Architectural Engineering 2109 22.1
Bioengineer & Biomed Engineering 1661 26.0
Ceramic Engineering 57 22.2
Chemical Engineering 3316 25.1
Civil Engineering 2291 22.9
Computer Engineering 5640 22.3
Construction Eng/Management 679 19.7
Electrical & Electronic Eng 5430 21.8
Engineering Management 173 19.8
Engineering Physics 311 25.4
Engineering Science 207 21.8
Environmental Health Eng 436 23.5
Geological & Geophys Eng 117 22.8
Industrial Engineering 500 21.3
Materials Engineering 116 25.2
Mechanical Engineering 5347 22.6
Metallurgical Engineering 58 22.6
Mining & Mineral Eng 68 21.3
Naval Archit & Marine Eng 209 22.2
Nuclear Engineering 283 24.8
Ocean Engineering 135 21.0
Petroleum Engineering 115 21.3
Systems Engineering 48 20.8
Engineering, General 31316 22.5


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Engineer-Related Technology (15880) (21.1)
Aeronautical Technology 900 22.6
AC, Heating, Refrig Technology 177 16.6
Arch Design & Construction Tech 837 21.3
Biomedical Equipment Tech 139 24.4
Civil Technology 247 21.9
Computer Technology 1890 21.0
Construction Technology 216 17.9
Drafting & Design Tech 928 19.7
Electrical Technology 1003 19.6
Electronic Technology 1271 19.7
Electromechan Instrm Tech 99 18.6
Environmental Control Tech 171 22.0
Industrial Production Tech 95 19.1
Laser Electro-Optic Tech 50 20.4
Manufacturing Technology 129 19.5
Mechanical Design Tech 695 22.1
Mining & Petroleum Tech 27 21.0
Occupatl Safety & Health Tech 23 20.3
Surveying & Mapping Tech 66 19.8
Engineering Tech, Other 533 21.1
Engineer-Related Tech, General 6384 21.6


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Foreign Languages (3503) (23.4)
Asiatic Languages 189 23.9
Classical Languages 63 27.2
French 526 24.1
German 249 24.1
Italian 32 21.6
Middle Eastern Languages 28 22.6
Russian 69 24.1
Spanish 1137 22.6
Foreign Languages, Other 177 21.8
Foreign Languages, General 1033 23.8


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Health Science & Allied (183804) (21.0)
Chiropractic 1182 20.7
Dental Assisting 459 17.2
Dental Hygiene 2207 18.3
Dental Lab/Technology 126 18.6
Dentistry 3555 21.4
Emerg Medical Tech/Paramedic 1107 18.1
Health Care Administration 532 19.0
Medical/Surgical Assisting 2322 18.8
Medical Lab/Technology 1633 20.4
Medical Records Admin/Tech 534 19.3
Medicine 36188 23.7
Mental Health & Human Services/Tech 673 19.8
Nuclear Medical Technology 174 20.1
Nursing (Practical) 2964 16.8
Nursing (Registered) 16707 18.6
Occupational Therapy/Assist 2521 19.9
Optometry 1321 21.8
Pharmacy 5077 21.6
Physician Assisting 1438 20.6
Physical Therapy/Assist 20529 20.4
Radiology/Radiologic Tech 2830 18.9
Recreational/Art/Music Therapy 439 21.2
Respiratory Therapy/Tech 527 17.9
Speech Pathology/Audiology 1030 21.4
Veterinarian Assisting 976 18.3
Veterinary Medicine 8680 22.6
Health Sci & Allied, General 68073 20.6


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Home Economics (7151) (18.8)
Child Development, Care, Guidance 1290 17.8
Child Care Aide/Assisting 260 16.2
Culinary Arts 1237 18.8
Family/Cons Resource Management 34 17.9
Fashion Design 737 18.8
Food Production, Mgmt, Services 259 17.7
Food Sci & Nutrition/Dietetics 796 21.5
Human Environment & Housing 31 18.6
Individual & Family Development 64 19.4
Textiles and Clothing 86 20.2
Home Economics, General 2357 18.9


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Letters (7093) (24.7)
Classics 54 27.3
Comparative Literature 97 25.4
Creative Writing 2221 24.0
English, General 2242 25.2
Linguistics 119 24.9
Literature, English/American 762 24.6
Speech, Debate, Forensics 74 22.8
Letters, General 1524 25.1


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Mathematics (3672) (24.4)
Actuarial Sciences 239 26.4
Applied Mathematics 391 23.4
Statistics 175 24.0
Mathematics, General 2867 24.4


  Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Philosophy, Religion, Theology (6046) (22.4)
Bible Studies 1112 22.0
Philosophy 668 24.1
Religion 659 22.0
Religious Education 639 21.5
Religious Music 235 21.6
Theology 517 22.7
Philos, Relig, Theol, General 2216 22.5


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Sciences (46385) (23.5)
Astronomy 979 23.1
Atmospherical Sci & Meteorology 1438 22.1
Biochemistry & Biophysics 2101 25.9
Biology 13402 23.4
Botany 291 23.2
Chemistry 3532 24.6
Earth Science 612 21.6
Ecology 617 24.1
Geology 570 23.0
Microbiology 1121 24.8
Oceanography 2444 21.2
Physics 1563 27.2
Zoology 3226 21.8
Sciences, General 14489 23.4


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Social Sciences (79170) (22.0)
Anthropology 1317 24.3
Economics 342 25.2
Geography 157 21.2
History 4297 23.3
International Relations 1301 25.4
Law 16362 21.9
Paralegal/Legal Assisting 806 18.8
Political Science/Government 4806 23.8
Psychology 27046 21.5
Sociology 1822 20.4
Urban Studies 45 21.9
Social Sciences, General 20869 21.8


 Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Trade & Industrial (10969) (18.8)
Aircraft Mechanics 270 18.9
Airplane Piloting & Navigation 2152 21.3
Automotive Body Repair 403 16.8
Automotive Mechan & Tech 1523 18.4
Aviation Management 95 20.1
Computer Electronics/Repair 286 18.9
Construction Trades & Carpentry 525 17.8
Diesel Mechanics & Technology 418 17.6
Drafting 256 18.4
Electrical Equipment Repair 435 17.9
Heating, AC, Refrig Mechanics 143 17.3
Tool Operation/Machine Shop 316 18.0
Mechanical Drafting 68 20.2
Welding & Welding Technology 427 16.4
Trade & Industrial, General 3652 18.4


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Visual/Performing Arts (50203) (21.3)
Applied Design/Crafts 294 20.8
Art 4742 20.8
Art Hist & Appreciation 276 22.9
Cinematography/Film/Video 2560 22.4
Dance 1440 20.8
Design, General 901 20.7
Dramatic Arts 4567 22.7
Fine Arts, General 1037 22.0
Graphic Arts Technology 1421 20.6
Graphic Design 2895 21.0
Music (Liberal Arts) 2235 22.9
Music Performance 6937 22.1
Music Theory & Composition 1353 22.8
Photography 2201 20.2
Visual/Perform Arts, General 17344 20.6


Number
of Students
Average ACT Composite
Undecided (91109) (20.8)

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