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Author: Shu, Xiaoling
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1. Shu, Xiaoling
Marini, Margaret Mooney
Change in the Occupational Aspirations of Youth
Presented: New York, NY, American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, August 1996
Cohort(s): Young Men, Young Women
Publisher: American Sociological Association
Keyword(s): Data Quality/Consistency; Gender Differences; Job Aspirations; Occupational Aspirations; Occupational Prestige; Racial Differences; Socioeconomic Background; Women's Roles

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Data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience on 2 cohorts of adolescents & young adults are used to examine cohort change on 3 dimensions of occupational aspirations: prestige, earning potential, & sex type. Both the extent of change & the determinants of change on each of these 3 occupational dimensions are explored by gender & race. Results indicate a substantial change in young women's occupational ambitions, which is reflected in the sex-type & earning potential of the occupations to which they aspired. Women in more recent birth cohorts were less likely to aspire to female-dominated occupations, & more so to occupations with higher earning potential, than women in earlier cohorts. Despite the major change in women's occupational aspirations, there was no significant change in men's aspirations. Socioeconomic background became a more important determinant of both the prestige & earning levels & the sex type of occupational aspirationsamong women, suggesting that change in aspirations occurred disproportionately among those from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. (Copyright 1996, Sociological Abstracts, Inc., all rights reserved.)
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Shu, Xiaoling and Margaret Mooney Marini. "Change in the Occupational Aspirations of Youth." Presented: New York, NY, American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, August 1996.