III-30b: Percentages of Postsecondary Faculty in Two- and Four-Year Colleges and Universities Employed in Selected Academic Fields, 2004–2015*

* For the purposes of the Humanities Indicators, a faculty member is defined as an employee of a two-year or four-year college or a university who teaches credit-earning courses and who may also perform research activities. Faculty thus include not only individuals who have faculty status in their institutions but also those who are classified as instructional staff by their employers. Faculty exclude those individuals whose duties are purely research-oriented (even though such individuals may be classified as faculty by their institutions). Percentages could be calculated only as far back as 2004, because this was the first year for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics published a complete count of faculty members. Not all fields are depicted in the graph, and thus the percentages do not sum to 100%.
** Includes the agricultural sciences.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Employment and Wage Estimates (data downloaded from

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