ERIC Number: ED371155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Choosing a Career in Marine Occupations: A Cultural Issue.
Taylor, Marcia G.; Baldauf, Sandra L.
A study examined the proportion of locally born residents working in marine occupations on Saint Croix and the reasons why these workers on the island chose their occupation. All 43 Saint Croix businesses and agencies employing workers in marine occupations were asked how many persons they employ and where those workers were born. Marine employees' reasons for selecting this occupation were determined through interviews conducted at randomly selected businesses/agencies and at the local fishing regulatory agency. Of the 218 workers in marine occupations and 44 fishing workers about whom information was obtained, 19.5% were locally born, 63.3% were born in the United States, and 17.2% were born elsewhere. Interest in the marine environment was cited by 76.4% of the respondents as their main reason for choosing a marine occupation, and 95.6% of those respondents attributed their interest in the marine environment to their early childhood experiences. It was concluded that the attitude of avoidance toward the sea that has been assimilated into the culture of the Virgin Islands may indeed be keeping young Virgin Islanders from being introduced to the marine environment in a constructive manner and may thus be keeping them from considering job opportunities in the marine environment. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Virgin Islands