ERIC Number: ED105160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug-20
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Choices of High School Sophomores and Juniors--Compared with Seniors: Results of Surveys in Economic Region IV of Indiana (the Greater Lafayette Area). Manpower Report No. 73-5.
Lisack, J. P.
A comprehensive survey of high school sophomores and juniors, and another survey of seniors in Economic Region IV of Indiana, were conducted to determine their preferred career and occupational choices. Examination of the 7,188 underclassmen questionnaires and 2,744 senior questionnaires revealed that, although many sophomores' and juniors' career plans appear to be realistic, proportionately more of them select the glamorous, exciting, and highly competitive occupations which require relatively few people. The data also show that there were proportionately fewer seniors who identified those occupations as their first choice. Proportionately more seniors than underclassmen chose a number of more attainable occupations having good job market prospects and career potential. The comparisons suggest that a significant career planning adjustment occurs for many high school students during their senior year. Choices popular with both groups were: secretarial, home economics, engineering, nursing, agriculture/farming, beautician/cosmetologist, auto mechanics, engineering, law, forestry/conservation, medicine/physician, social work, and teaching. (The data are presented in tabular form. An annotated bibliography of manpower studies and reports is appended.) (Author/AG)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Career Choice, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, High School Students, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data)
J. P. Lisack, Director, Office of Manpower Studies School of Technology, Purdue University SCC-A, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Office of Manpower Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana