Information Brief 2012-8

Strength of Career Interests by Race/Ethnicity

Among ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates, African American and Hispanic students have more well-defined career intentions than Asian and White students. The chart below shows that about a third of Asian and White students are not sure what career they will pursue. In contrast, fewer African American (16%) and Hispanic (23%) graduates have no firm career plans. African American students have particularly strong career intentions—45% of African American graduates are very sure about their career choice.

Strength of Career Intentions by Race/Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity% Very Sure% Fairly Sure% Not Sure
African American453916
Asian264430
Hispanic344323
White274032

Note: Race/Ethnicity totals may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

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