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2006 Census: Educational Portrait of Canada, 2006 Census: National picture

Field of study: One in five postsecondary graduates studied in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services

In 2006, one out of every five postsecondary graduates aged 25 to 64 had studied in Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services, according to the census. It was the most popular field of study among both women and men. An estimated 1,357,200 women in this age group had graduated in this field, compared with just over 801,600 men.

Otherwise, the list of the top 10 fields of study differed widely for women and men.

Among men, nearly 542,400 had graduated in the Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians field, the second most popular. It was followed by the Engineering, Engineering Technologies/Technicians and Construction Trades fields.

In second place, among women, was the Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences field, with more than 1,080,700 graduates. The Education field was a distant third, followed by the Personal and Culinary Services field and the Visual and Performing Arts field.

The list of the top 10 fields of study accounted for 73% of men aged 25 to 64 who had a postsecondary education, and 79% of women.

Table 7 Top 10 fields of study for female and male postsecondary graduates, Canada, 2006

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