Title

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT, AGRICULTURAL JOBS AND INCOME AMONG ALUMNI FROM HISTORICALLY BLACK LAND-GRANT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

College Student Journal

Publication Date

2011

Date Added

2022-06-03

Abstract

Little is known about educational attainment, agricultural jobs and income among graduates from Historically Black Land-Grant College and Universities. In this study, we examined the impact of educational attainment on type of jobs among former students and determine if controlling for income, educational attainment has a positive impact on the type jobs after graduation. METHODS. Data are from a study of graduates from three Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities in Alabama and Tennessee. The questionnaire included questions on educational attainment, career mobility, college curriculum competencies and skill, opinions about agricultural careers, actual salaries, fringe benefits, and other personal characteristics. Descriptive statistics and Chi-square statistics were used for the analysis. RESULTS. The higher the level of education, the greater the tendency for these college of agriculture graduates to remain in agriculture-related careers. To these former students, the extent to which the work is intellectually satisfying appears to be more important than the income it yields. CONCLUSIONS. Graduate related work associated with an advanced degree is highly satisfying even within low incomes.

Disciplines

Public Health

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