Information Brief 2013-25
Career Interests by Occupational Field and Race/Ethnicity 2013
The career plans of ACT-tested 2013 high school graduates tend to be similar across racial/ethnic groups.1 ACT groups occupations into 26 occupational fields. The chart below includes 10 occupational fields that were chosen by at least 5% of graduates who were very sure or fairly sure about their occupational choice.
Similar percentages of students from each racial/ethnic group are choosing many of the same occupational fields. Approximately 10% or more of students in each race/ethnicity group are interested in engineering and technologies, health care, medical diagnosis and treatment, and personal services, though there are noticeable differences between groups.
Career Interests by Race/Ethnicity
|Occupational Field||African American||Asian||Hispanic||White|
|Applied Arts (Visual)||5.73%||4.32%||5.99%||5.27%|
|Engineering & Technologies||10.04%||14.93%||12.05%||11.25%|
|Medical Diagnosis & Treatment||9.28%||19.34%||10.35%||12.19%|
|Natural Science & Technologies||4.97%||10.54%||6.5%||7.35%|
Note: Data are based on 1,028,768 ACT-tested 2013 high school graduates who reported an occupational choice and were very sure or fairly sure about their choice. About 9% of 2013 high school graduates did not specify a category of career interest.
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