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Careers in Healthcare and Science? "Not Interested" Say Half of U.S. Teens
Date:6/15/2011

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Females and Racial Minorities

An overwhelming majority of students interested in careers in the sciences are among females and racial minorities. Sixty percent of females in grades 9-12 indicate they are "definitely" or "probably considering" careers in healthcare or the sciences, while only 39 percent of males the same age feel similarly. African Americans (47 percent), Hispanics (37 percent), and other minorities (38 percent) are more likely than White students (24%) to say they are definitely considering these future careers.

Why a Career in Healthcare and Sciences?

Understanding why some high school-aged students want to pursue healthcare and science careers may help to encourage younger teens to more actively consider a future in these industries. Although considered to be among the most lucrative, nearly six in ten students (56 percent) cite "earning good money" as their reason for considering a career in this field.  Overall, "interest in the category" (70%) and the "want to help people" (61%) were ranked most important motivators.

Furthermore, while scientists (28 percent), doctors (28 percent) and nurses (21 percent) are among the most sought out careers, interest in other healthcare careers such as physical or occupational therapists and physician assistants is also high (21 percent).

Schools are Not a Major Influence

Of high school students considering pursuing a career in healthcare and the sciences, only 11 percent state influence from a teacher, and a mere 4 percent say guidance from a school counselor are reasons for their interest. Students' parents are the most likely group to encourage students in pursuing these careers (27 percent).  

"Rewarding futures are synonymous with science and healthcare," said Dr. DiGate. "It is our responsibility to encourage the youth of America to engage in scientific activity from a young age and cultivate aspi
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