Data Dictionary: ACS 2010 -- 2012 (3-Year Estimates)
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Table: C15010D. Field Of Bachelor's Degree For First Major The Population 25 Years And Over (Asian Alone) [6]
Universe: Universe: ASIAN ALONE POPULATION 25 YEARS AND OVER WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR HIGHER ATTAINMENT
Table Details
C15010D. Field Of Bachelor's Degree For First Major The Population 25 Years And Over (Asian Alone)
Universe: Universe: ASIAN ALONE POPULATION 25 YEARS AND OVER WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR HIGHER ATTAINMENT
Variable Label
C15010D001
C15010D002
C15010D003
C15010D004
C15010D005
C15010D006
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2012 3yr Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Field of Degree
Field of degree data are used by the National Science Foundation to study the characteristics of the population with science and engineering degrees and occupations.

Data on field of bachelor's degree were derived from answers to Question 12 in the 2012 American Community Survey. This question was asked only to person with a bachelor's degree or higher. Eligible respondents were asked to list the specific major(s) of any bachelor's degree received. This question does not ask for the field of any other type of degree earned (such as master's or doctorate).

An automated computer system coded write-in responses to Question 12 into 192 areas. Clerical coding categorized any write-in responses that could not be autocoded by the computer. Respondents listing multiple fields were assigned a code for each field, with a maximum of 10 fields per respondent.
The majors were further classified into a category scheme detailed in Field of Degree Classification table in Appendix A.

Question/Concept History

The field of degree question first appeared in the 2009 ACS. The inclusion of a field of degree question on the ACS was proposed to provide field of degree data annually for small levels of geography and to assist in building a sampling frame for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG).

Comparability

Tables based on 2010-2012 ACS data are not completely comparable to tables based on 2009 ACS data due to slight changes in the field of degree coding and classifications. More information can be found at http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/acs/index.html.

This data may be roughly comparable to the National Survey of College Graduates and the National Survey of Recent College Graduates, although the sampling frame and survey instruments differ between the surveys. Field of degree data was also collected in the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) from1984 to 2004. However, these data would not be comparable to ACS due to differences in data collection period, methodology and collection methods. For example, the SIPP only collects data for respondents who are 15 years and older and does not include group quarters.

Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2012 3yr Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Asian
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. It includes people who indicate their race as "Asian Indian," "Chinese," "Filipino," "Korean," "Japanese," "Vietnamese," and "Other Asian" or provide other detailed Asian responses.

Asian Indian
Includes respondents who indicate their race as "Asian Indian" or report entries such as India or East Indian.

Bangladeshi
Includes respondents who report entries such as Bangladeshi or Bangladesh.

Bhutanese
Includes respondents who report entries such as Bhutanese or Bhutan.

Burmese
Includes respondents who report entries such as Burmese or Burma.

Cambodian
Includes respondents who report entries such as Cambodian or Cambodia.

Chinese, except Taiwanese
Includes respondents who indicate their race as "Chinese" or report entries such as China or Chinese American.

Filipino
Includes respondents who indicate their race as "Filipino" or report entries such as Philippines or Filipino American. Hmong. Includes respondents who report entries such as Hmong or Mong.

Indonesian
Includes respondents who report entries such as Indonesian or Indonesia.

Japanese
Includes respondents who indicate their race as "Japanese" or report entries such as Japan or Japanese American.

Korean
Includes respondents who indicate their race as "Korean" or report entries such as Korea or Korean American.

Laotian
Includes respondents who report entries such as Laotian or Laos.

Malaysian
Includes respondents who report entries such as Malaysian or Malaysia.

Mongolian
Includes respondents who report entries such as Mongolian, Mongolia or Mongol.

Nepalese
Includes respondents who report entries such as Nepalese or Nepal.

Okinawan
Includes respondents who report entries such as Okinawan or Okinawa.

Pakistani
Includes respondents who report entries such as Pakistani or Pakistan.

Sri Lankan
Includes respondents who report entries such as Sri Lankan or Sri Lanka.

Taiwanese
Includes respondents who report entries such as Taiwanese or Taiwan.

Includes respondents who report entries such as Thai or Thailand. Vietnamese. Includes respondents who indicate their race as "Vietnamese" or report entries such as Vietnam or Vietnamese American.

Other Asian, specified
Includes respondents who provide a response of another Asian group not shown separately, such as Iwo Jiman, Maldivian, or Singaporean.

Other Asian, not specified
Includes respondents who checked the "Other Asian" response category on the ACS questionnaire and did not write in a specific group or wrote in a generic term such as "Asian," or "Asiatic."

Two or more Asian
Includes respondents who provided multiple Asian responses such as Asian Indian and Japanese; or Vietnamese, Chinese and Hmong.