Information Brief 2012-9
Career Interests by Occupational Field
In broad terms, the career plans of ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates are similar across racial/ethnic groups. ACT organizes occupations into 26 occupational fields. We focus here on 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 2011 graduates planned to work in one of these 9 fields.
Career Interests by Race/Ethnicity
|Applied Arts (Visual)||5.7||4.4||6.1||5.2|
|Engineering & Technologies||10.5||13.2||11.6||9.6|
|Medical Diagnosis & Treatment||13.0||20.4||11.4||10.3|
|Natural Science & Technologies||7.1||10.2||6.2||4.7|
The chart above shows that similar percentages of students from each group are choosing many of the same occupational fields. More than 10% of the students are interested in engineering & technologies, medical diagnosis & treatment, or health care fields. These fields are popular with all racial/ethnic groups.
Note: Data are based on about 60% of the 1.6 million ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates who reported an occupational choice and were very sure or fairly sure about their choice. About 6% of these students did not report any specific career choice and were excluded from the analysis.
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