The Most Popular Career Paths: 1970-Now

Hundreds of thousands of college students apparently are learning what seems to be an important lesson: the value of a bachelor’s degree. In 2009 alone, 1.6 million bachelor’s degrees were passed out to college graduates —nearly double the number conferred in 1970, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those numbers have been significantly boosted by the increasing number of universities offering students the option of earning an online degree. When it comes to popularity of degrees, Business ranked No. 1 among students, with nearly 350,000 earning their diplomas in that field in 2009. However, a degree in Healthcare & Nursing is making the most gains, climbing into the No. 3 spot in 2009 — up from the No. 8 spot in 1970. Take a quick look at the degrees that round out the Top 10 most popular choices.

Top 10 degrees since 1970

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