According to Campus Philly’s annual report, Philadelphia-area college students are studying business, management, marketing, and related support services in growing numbers, writes Clara Lefton for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The nonprofit “that fuels economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live, and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region” looked at degrees conferred in the region over a three-year period ending with the 2016-17 academic year.
It found that the number of students selecting business, management, marketing, and related support services grew by 26 percent over the three-year period, from 16,860 in 2014-15 to 21,327 in 2016-17.
Personal service – which includes cosmetology, culinary services, and home health – is next on the list with eight percent growth during that period.
The third-fasted-growing fields of study are basic science and STEM. They tied for third place with seven percent growth. The only other area that saw an increase in the number of students is technology and engineering in fourth place with an increase of six percent.
The greatest drops were seen in manufacturing, construction, machine repair, and transportation, with the number of students almost halving during the three-year period.
Read more about the most popular subjects among the region’s college students in the Philadelphia Business Journal here.