The following data show the change in the number of students at colleges/universities by their major in Japan from 1960 to 2020.
The number of medical field students (mainly nursing study) is increasing recently. The number of students in interdisciplinary fields (called "others" in the following table) is also increasing. Surprisingly, the number of agricultural students is increasing. Despite the fact that the number of Japanese farmers is declining.
Table: Change in the number of students at colleges/universities by major in Japan from 1960 to 2020
|Medicine & Dentistry||23,026||71,413||64,309||72,245|
|Health (exclude MD/Dentist)||12,607||40,645||79,328||266,803|
|Education & teacher training||63,169||133,211||137,615||189,986|
Figure 1: Change in the number of students at colleges/universities by major in Japan from 1960 to 2020 (Faculties with a large number of students)
Figure 2: Change in the number of students at colleges/universities by major in Japan from 1960 to 2020 (Faculties with a small number of students)
Source is Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. 文部科学統計要覧（令和3年版）