Information Brief 2012-34

Strength of Career Interests by Race/Ethnicity 2012

Among ACT-tested 2012 high school graduates, African American and Hispanic students are more certain of their career intentions than are White and Asian students.1 African American students have particularly strong career intentions—45% of African American graduates are very sure of their career choice.

Strength of Career Intentions by Race/Ethnicity

Chart showing strength of career intentions by race/ethnicity
Race/EthnicityVery SureFairly SureNot Sure
African American45.1%39.3%15.7%
Asian26.0%45.0%29.0%
Hispanic35.1%43.3%21.7%
White28.5%41.2%30.3%

Note: Data are from 1,448,045 ACT-tested 2012 high school graduates. Approximately 4 percent did not indicate strength of their career choice.

1A similar pattern was observed for 2011 ACT-tested graduates, see ACT Information Brief 2012-8.

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