When we last left off we looked at the Gross Annual Income expected by occupation and it’s implications for the income disparities between blacks and whites. This raised a larger question of whether education or race is a factor in which occupation a person pursues.
In order to delve into discovering the answer to this question, we had to go back to the 2000 Census, which while not recent should give us a rough idea of the impact of education on occupation.
From the 2000 Census numbers on Working Population 16 years and Over by Highest Examination Passed, Major Occupation Group we have been able to produce the following charts to give a visual answer to our question.
These were the hard numbers used which produced the charts below.
Here we have the breakdown of Education Level by Major Occupational Group. Already we can see the impact a Bachelors (not college/associate) has on attaining a Professional/Technical related job. In order to gain a better picture, lets look at the percentages.
Here we can note the direct and undeniable correlation between education level and professional jobs while also noting that there is less of a correlation between education level and Admin & Management jobs. We can also note how there is a stark correlation between lower levels of education and the clerical, service and production/transport related jobs.
This tells us quite a bit. Education leads to a better paying occupation. Thus, if there is a racial disparity in education, that carries right up to career and subsequently earning potential.