ERIC Number: ED149214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug-28
Reference Count: 0
Providing Black Youth More Access to Enterprising Work.
Gottfredson, Linda S.
This study examined the possibility that the large racial differences in income are partly the result of blacks and whites holding jobs in different Holland Fields of work, some of which might pay much better than others. Data from the 1970 U.S. census were used to determine the mean income of 27,067 white men aged 26-65 grouped by educational level and by Holland type of work and to determine the proportion of white and black men aged 36-65 falling within each of these educational and type-of-work groups. Enterprising work was found to provide higher incomes with less education than do other types of work. Although a large proportion of white men at all educational levels hold enterprising jobs, relatively few blacks were found in this type of work. Counselors and educators have traditionally tried to reduce the income gap between blacks and whites by increasing college attendance among blacks. These findings suggest that counselors also can help black youth find better-paying jobs by providing them more access to enterprising work. Such programs might be especially helpful to black high school students who will not be attending college. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977)