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California Schools

In the state of California, academia is a declining field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in California.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in California By Profession

20,596 21,215 21,793 21,489
3,180 3,653 3,717 3,372
7,604 7,855 8,007 7,898
6,957 7,187 7,529 7,729
14,014 13,890 14,127 14,674
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

From 2006 to 2009, the number of higher education faculty at the 747 colleges and universities in California grew from 52,351 members to 55,162.

This shows a 6% increase in the number of higher institution faculty in California.

Average faculty salaries in California

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

The average salary of higher education faculty in California state is $67,994 per year, which is more than faculty salaries around the nation, which average $57,293 per year. And in California male faculty earn more than female faculty. There is a 6% difference in salaries.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in California

No data at this time.

Approximately 53% of California's 36,390 college faculty members are tenured, while 20% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in California by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. California Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 0.62% 2.97% 1.53%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: California
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has shrunk in California by 10% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has grown by 10%. This data shows that in California, working part-time in academia is becoming more common.

National Vs. California Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 2.59% -9.9% -9.97%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: California
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in California

No data at this time.

And of those who were working on a part-time basis in 2009, 23% identified themselves as belonging to an ethnic or racial minority. While as many as 26% of full-time faculty in California identified themselves as being from a minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in California

No data at this time.

National Vs. California Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 2.62% -0.96% -3.03%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: California
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in California has increased by 4%. The state statistics are consistent with national statistics. In 2006, there were 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally, of which 134,815 were from a minority background. And in 2009, there were 855,625 faculty working around the nation, of which 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at California by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at California by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. California Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 1.35% -8.89% -9.97%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: California
  • Light Blue: National

As the percentage of minorities in academia has shrunk in California, the percentage of women has decreased. And nationally, from 2006 to 2009, the number of women faculty at colleges and universities has increased by 9%.

National Vs. California Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 2.66% -2.22% -2.07%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: California
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. California Faculty employment by Gender

National California
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 47%
Women 53%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in California


As the number of higher education faculty in California has grown, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased.

There are currently 2,521,246 undergraduate students in the state and 273,648 graduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in California

90584 93361 95646 96388 94910
137230 137844 147493 144161 143263
6089 6716 8824 10961 14608
54631 54171 58948 61099 62279
106811 107446 108728 113448 123356
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in California


In 2009, in California, 121,857 students graduated from institutions of higher learning. Of these students, 33% graduated from bachelor's degree programs, while 18% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in California


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the colleges and universities in California.

Retention rates in California

Returning Students 56%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

In California, for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs, 56 students return to school the following year and 48 students eventually graduate. And nationally, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in California

Graduation Students 48%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. California Students By Gender

National California
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 45%
Women 55%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in California is diverse. 55% of the 2,794,894 students studying in the state's colleges and universities are female. Approximately 51% of California's students identify themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. National statistics are consistent with these numbers. Around the country, 58% of the student population is female and 28% belong to a racial or ethnic minority group.

National Vs. California Students Minorities

National California
Minorities 29%
Minorities 51%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in California

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  1. California Business Schools600,005 Employed
  2. California Engineering Schools403,124 Employed
  3. California Biology Schools271,998 Employed
  4. California Art Schools269,482 Employed
  5. California Liberal Arts Schools245,739 Employed
  6. California Business Administration Schools225,606 Employed
  7. California Law Schools224,993 Employed
  8. California Music Schools188,861 Employed
  9. California Design Schools176,199 Employed
  10. California Math Schools165,383 Employed
  11. California Teaching Schools151,787 Employed
  12. California Psychology Schools149,514 Employed
  13. California Management Schools146,658 Employed
  14. California English Schools141,191 Employed
  15. California Physics Schools118,476 Employed
  16. California Communications Schools110,787 Employed
  17. California Criminal Justice Schools101,399 Employed
  18. California MBA Schools97,417 Employed
  19. California Chemistry Schools92,448 Employed
  20. California Health Science Schools90,466 Employed
  21. California Nursing Schools88,746 Employed
  22. California Counseling Schools85,472 Employed
  23. California Information Technology Schools84,666 Employed
  24. California Political Science Schools81,337 Employed
  25. California History Schools79,066 Employed
  26. California Accounting Schools78,453 Employed
  27. California Architecture Schools77,036 Employed
  28. California Film Schools76,870 Employed
  29. California Information Systems Schools74,601 Employed
  30. California Visual Communications Schools74,517 Employed
  31. California Computer Science Schools72,867 Employed
  32. California Graphic Design Schools69,743 Employed
  33. California Sociology Schools68,691 Employed
  34. California BSN Schools66,682 Employed
  35. California Forensic Nursing Schools66,682 Employed
  36. California RN to BSN Schools66,682 Employed
  37. California Educational Leadership Schools65,073 Employed
  38. California Drafting Schools61,715 Employed
  39. California Journalism Schools61,657 Employed
  40. California Public Health Schools59,697 Employed
  41. California Human Services Schools57,702 Employed
  42. California Biochemistry Schools55,887 Employed
  43. California Theology Schools55,596 Employed
  44. California Finance Schools54,957 Employed
  45. California Video Production Schools54,690 Employed
  46. California Public Administration Schools53,827 Employed
  47. California Business Management Schools52,283 Employed
  48. California Construction Management Schools51,872 Employed
  49. California Civil Engineering Schools51,757 Employed
  50. California Computer Networking Schools51,452 Employed
  51. California International Business Schools50,292 Employed
  52. California Special Education Schools48,713 Employed
  53. California Property Management Schools45,400 Employed
  54. California Nutrition Schools44,715 Employed
  55. California Biomedical Engineering Schools42,747 Employed
  56. California Culinary Schools42,688 Employed
  57. California Mechanical Engineering Schools41,638 Employed
  58. California Fire Science Schools41,354 Employed
  59. California Animation Schools40,390 Employed
  60. California Computer Engineering Schools40,352 Employed
  61. California Web Design Schools39,838 Employed
  62. California Early Childhood Education Schools37,766 Employed
  63. California Video Game Design Schools36,521 Employed
  64. California Computer Programming Schools36,327 Employed
  65. California Fashion Design Schools34,259 Employed
  66. California Hospitality Schools33,601 Employed
  67. California Computer Animation Schools32,476 Employed
  68. California Veterinary Schools29,913 Employed
  69. California Social Work Schools29,099 Employed
  70. California Paralegal Schools29,043 Employed
  71. California Small Business Schools28,326 Employed
  72. California Interior Design Schools27,639 Employed
  73. California Public Relations Schools25,447 Employed
  74. California Speech Therapy Schools23,319 Employed
  75. California Healthcare Administration Schools22,631 Employed
  76. California Human Resources Schools21,405 Employed
  77. California Gerontology Schools21,391 Employed
  78. California Radiology Technology Schools21,008 Employed
  79. California Fashion Marketing Schools20,902 Employed
  80. California Web Development Schools20,843 Employed
  81. California Fashion Schools20,076 Employed
  82. California Advertising Schools19,994 Employed
  83. California X Ray Technician Schools17,946 Employed
  84. California Dental Hygienist Schools17,548 Employed
  85. California Creative Writing Schools17,301 Employed
  86. California Music Production Schools16,490 Employed
  87. California Forensic Science Schools15,690 Employed
  88. California Supply Chain Management Schools14,616 Employed
  89. California Respiratory Therapy Schools14,282 Employed
  90. California Carpentry Schools13,674 Employed
  91. California Physical Therapy Schools13,565 Employed
  92. California School Psychology Schools13,108 Employed
  93. California Elementary Education Schools12,421 Employed
  94. California Forestry Schools12,190 Employed
  95. California Sports Medicine Schools12,063 Employed
  96. California Occupational Therapy Schools11,552 Employed
  97. California Organizational Psychology Schools10,796 Employed
  98. California Risk Management Schools10,688 Employed
  99. California Health Information Schools10,322 Employed
  100. California Healthcare Management Schools9,984 Employed
  101. California Hotel Management Schools9,783 Employed
  102. California Marketing Schools8,743 Employed
  103. California Software Engineering Schools8,736 Employed
  104. California Homeland Security Schools7,903 Employed
  105. California Physician Assistant Schools7,463 Employed
  106. California Industrial Design Schools7,389 Employed
  107. California Clinical Psychology Schools7,004 Employed
  108. California Medical Coding Schools6,727 Employed
  109. California Mental Health Schools5,920 Employed
  110. California Sports Management Schools5,778 Employed
  111. California Criminology Schools5,707 Employed
  112. California Physical Therapy Assistant Schools4,809 Employed
  113. California Christian Counseling Schools4,158 Employed
  114. California Game Design Schools4,045 Employed
  115. California Game Development Schools4,045 Employed
  116. California Restaurant Management Schools4,010 Employed
  117. California Sonography Schools3,982 Employed
  118. California Ultrasound Technology Schools3,982 Employed
  119. California Surgical Technology Schools3,615 Employed
  120. California Electrical Engineering Schools2,718 Employed
  121. California Ministry Schools2,657 Employed
  122. California Court Reporter Schools2,608 Employed
  123. California Health Information Management Schools1,385 Employed
  124. California Emergency Management Schools1,165 Employed
  125. California Medical Billing Schools1,117 Employed
  126. California Fashion Merchandising Schools945 Employed
  127. California Project Management Schools601 Employed
  128. California Forensic Psychology Schools587 Employed
  129. California Music Therapy Schools457 Employed

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