College Career Outlook: Statistics and Stereotypes

Who’s Watching Your Progress: The “Wall Street Journal” (WSJ)

African-Americans tend to always become the centerpiece of discussion in the United States.  Wake Up! brothers and sisters we have always been watched but now they are circumventing and structuring the job layouts for the future.  According to Anna Louie Sussman, she writes that, ”

Graduating from college is supposed to be a surefire path to higher lifetime earnings—but how much higher can often hinge on what one chooses to study.

Although African-Americans are more likely to go to college than in the past, they are overrepresented in majors that lead to lower-paying careers, according to a new report byGeorgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce that examined their share of bachelor’s degrees in 137 detailed majors.median-earnings-cew

African-Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population, but represent 8% or less in some of the highest-paying majors, such as engineering, pharmacy and computer science. By contrast, they make up 17% or more in the lowest-earning majors, including human services and community organization and social work.

“It’s the right church but the wrong pew,” said Anthony Carnevale, an author of the report and the director of the center, noting that these choices are “still very much a factor” contributing to the racial wage gap.

Mr. Carnevale said the appropriate policy response is not to direct people away from vital roles such as schoolteacher and community organizer. Rather, he said, these findings point to the need for better career counseling once students are enrolled in college, in addition to counseling and support to ensure they complete school and graduate.

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