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2011 National Household Survey: Data tables

Highest Certificate, Diploma or Degree (7), Age Groups (8B), Major Field of Study - Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) 2011 (14), Labour Force Status (8), Attendance at School (3) and Sex (3) for the Population Aged 15 Years and Over, in Private Households of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 2011 National Household Survey

About this variable: Major field of study - Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) 2011 (14)


Major field of study (based on the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada 2011)

Part A - Short definition
Main subject area of the person's highest postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree.

Part B - Detailed definition
Refers to the predominant discipline or area of learning or training of a person's highest completed postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree classified according to the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada 2011.


  1. Total - Major field of study - Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) 2011 Footnote 1
  2. No postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree Footnote 2
  3. Education
  4. Visual and performing arts, and communications technologies
  5. Humanities
  6. Social and behavioural sciences and law
  7. Business, management and public administration
  8. Physical and life sciences and technologies
  9. Mathematics, computer and information sciences
  10. Architecture, engineering, and related technologies
  11. Agriculture, natural resources and conservation
  12. Health and related fields Footnote 12
  13. Personal, protective and transportation services
  14. Other fields of study Footnote 14


Footnote 1

'Major field of study' is defined as the main discipline or subject of learning. It is collected for the highest certificate, diploma or degree above the high school or secondary school level and classified according to the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Canada 2011. This variable shows the 'primary groupings,' a CIP variant.

For more information on the CIP classification, see the Classification of Instructional Programs, Canada 2011, Catalogue no. 12-590-X available from:

We recommend that users not make comparisons between categories of the CIP Canada 2011 and the CIP Canada 2000 classification systems on the basis of their labels. Even though many entries in the two classifications are similar, direct comparison could be inappropriate, given the numerous changes made at the detailed level to update the classification.

For comments on collection, dissemination or data quality for this variable, refer to the Education Reference Guide, National Household Survey, Catalogue no. 99-012-X2011006.

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Footnote 2

'No postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree' includes persons who have not completed an apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma, a college, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma or a university certificate, diploma or degree.

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Footnote 12

Called 'Health, parks, recreation and fitness' in CIP Canada 2000.

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Footnote 14

Includes 'Multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary studies, other.'

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