African Americans: College Majors and Earnings Coverage


Diversify Your Workforce: Leveraging the Employer-College Connection

In this US News article, Christopher J.Gearon says that low minority workforce participation in engineering and STEM is generally driven by low numbers of African-American, Hispanic, American-Indian and other underrepresented populations pursuing degrees in these fields.

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Highest Earning College Majors For African Americans

In this Forbes article, Karsten Strauss mentions our report on African American Majors, saying that African-American students tend to be over-represented in college majors that lead to lower-paying jobs.

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Why women and graduates of color get lower-paying jobs

In this MarketWatch article, Jillian Berman cites our African-American Majors report, saying African-American college graduates are overrepresented in some of the lowest-paying majors and underrepresented in some of the nation’s fastest growing and highest paying fields

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Career Success—Is It All About the Money?

In this Huffington Post article, Alan Kadish talks about how should we measure career success. He quotes a recent report by CEW that shows career success based on earnings potential.

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Kids from poor families with bachelor’s degrees wind up earning less-reports

In this Washington Post article, Valerie Strauss mentions that even while more African Americans are going to college than in the past, they are still overrepresented in majors that lead to lower-paying jobs.

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HBCUs: an Unheralded Role in STEM Majors and a Model for Other Colleges

In this Chronicle of Higher Education article, Ken Leichter mentions that African American students are underrepresented in the college majors that tend to lead to higher-income occupations and overrepresented in majors that tend to lead to lower salaries.

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These maps show the Americans hit hardest by student-loan crunch

In this Market Watch article, Jillian Berman talks about higher student loan delinquency rates in African-American or Latino-dominated neighborhoods.

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Black College Students Major In Fields That Offer Lower Economic Payoffs, Study Finds

In this WGBH article, Kirk Carapezza mentions that black students disproportionately major in teaching and caring professions that benefit society but don’t have a high financial payoff.

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Middle-class minorities are most at risk of falling behind on student loans, report says

In this Washington Post article, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel writes about how middle-class African Americans and Hispanics are disproportionately falling behind on student loan payments.

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On the Hill today: Implementing ESSA

In this Politico article, Caitlin Emma talks about low-paying majors, mentioning that African Americans are overrepresented in majors that lead to low-paying jobs.

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A Black College Student Advising Gap?

In this The Atlantic article, Emily Deruy mentions that black students are far more likely to pursue low-paying rather than high-paying college majors.

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Why Aren’t Black Students Picking Majors That Lead to High-Paying Jobs?

In this Yahoo News article, Liz Dwyer writes about black students’ college majors and earnings.

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African-Americans over-represented among low-paying college majors

In this PBS News article, Kenya Downs mentions that African-American college students are more likely to pursue majors that lead to low-paying jobs.

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Report: Black Students Underrepresented in High-Paying STEM Majors

In this US News article, Natalie Escobar says African Americans have more access to a college education than ever, but they are underrepresented in major fields like STEM that are correlated with higher earnings.

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Black Students Underrepresented in High-Earning College Majors

In this NBC News article, Maya Chung writes about how while there has been an increase in college access among African Americans, they are still highly concentrated in low-paying majors.

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African-Americans are Overrepresented in Lower-Paying College Majors

In this Wall Street Journal article, Anna Louie Sussman writes about the importance college majors play in earnings, especially among African American students.

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Black Students Choosing Low-paying Majors

In this Diverse Issues In Higher Education article, Jamaal Abdul-Alim writes about how African American students tend to choose low-earning college majors. He also quotes Anthony Carnevale in the article.

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Low-Paying College Majors: African-Americans’ Fields Of Study Don’t Earn Much Money, Report Finds

In this International Business Times article, Aaron Morrison writes about the correlation between African Americans and low-paying majors. He references our African Americans: College Majors and Earnings report to support his statements.

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College Degrees Aren’t Serving Women and Minorities

In this Fortune article, Michal Addady says that a college degree is a more lucrative investment for a white man than women or minorities.

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Black Students Are Overrepresented in Low-Paying Majors, Study Finds

In this Chronicle of Higher Education article, Courtney Kueppers writes about how African-American students are more concentrated at institutions that offer a more limited selection of majors.

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