AERA 2018 Annual Meeting: “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education”
April 13-17, 2018
Title: Gendered Patterns of Career Aspirations of Hispanic Youth from Middle to High School
Authors: Nayssan Safavian, Anna-Lena Dicke, Stuart A. Karabenick, Jacquelynne Eccles, AnneMarie Conley
Hispanic youth—the nation’s largest minority population—exhibit some of the lowest educational attainment and STEM career participation. To better understand the dynamics potentially related to this issue, more needs to be known about Hispanic youth’s occupational choices and aspirations. Accordingly, the current study of 6,432 Hispanic youth (a) documented stability and changes in their career aspirations from middle school through high school, and b) examined gender differences. Results showed a strong representation and changes in certain types of occupations (e.g., healthcare, arts, entertainment and sports occupations) and as expected, increasing diversification of occupational aspirations in high school. In addition, we identified persistent gender differences that have important implications for promoting STEM aspirations and subsequent career choices.