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African Americans

College Majors and Earnings

Posted: February 4, 2016
Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Megan L. Fasules, Andrea Porter, Jennifer Landis-Santos
Organizations: Center on Education and the Workforce

More African Americans are going to college, but they are overrepresented in majors that lead to low-paying jobs, says this report from the Center on Education and the Workforce. The report shows 6 percent of African Americans with a bachelor's degree majored in pharmacy and 5 percent chose architecture and engineering—two majors that lead to some of the highest earnings. By comparison, 20 percent of African Americans majored in human services and community organization and 12 percent majored in psychology and social work, areas with some of the lowest earnings.

African Americans