Information Brief 2012-35
Career Interests by Occupational Field and Race/Ethnicity 2012
The career plans of ACT-tested 2012 high school graduates are similar across racial/ethnic groups.1 ACT groups occupations into 26 occupational fields. The chart below includes 9 occupational fields that were chosen by at least 5% of graduates who were very sure or fairly sure about their occupational choice. About 75% of ACT-tested graduates planned to work in one of these 9 fields.
Career Interests by Race/Ethnicity
|Career Interest||African American||Asian||Hispanic||White|
|Applied Arts (Visual)||5.34%||4.09%||6.05%||5.29%|
|Engineering & Technologies||9.88%||14.18%||11.64%||10.74%|
|Medical Diagnosis & Treatment||9.41%||20.54%||10.3%||12.39%|
|Natural Science & Technologies||4.88%||10.46%||6.53%||7.25%|
Note: Data are based on 969,733 ACT-tested 2012 high school graduates who reported an occupational choice and were very sure or fairly sure about their choice. About 9 percent of those students were very sure or fairly sure about their choice but did not specify it.
Similar percentages of students from each racial/ethnic group are choosing many of the same occupational fields. More than 10% of students in each race/ethnicity group are interested in engineering and technologies, health care, or medical diagnosis and treatment fields.
1A similar pattern was observed in 2011, see ACT Information Brief 2012-9.
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