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Best Occupations for Mexican Americans

November 26, 2013

Staff Reports --


The percentage of Mexican-Americans professionals in business, science, and art occupations continues to increase, according to a new survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of Mexican-Americans in those fields rose from 16.2 percent in 2010 to 16.6 percent in 2012, the American Community Survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.

Data also indicates that college and/or graduate school enrollment among Mexican-Americans continues to increase, going from 16.8 percent in 2010 to 18.2 percent in 2012. This percentage is growing at a faster rate than the general population, which grew from 28.3 to 28.8 percent, according to the Mexican American Professional Archive, a website dedicate to issues pertinent to Mexican-American professionals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following jobs are likely to experience a growth in Mexican-American professionals:

--Postsecondary teachers: 17.4 percent growth.

--Elementary school teachers: 16.8 percent growth.

--Accountants and auditors: 15.7 percent growth.

--First-line supervisors of office/administrative support workers: 14.3 percent growth.

These numbers illustrate a bright future for Mexican American professionals.

"These statistics are promising because they show us that there are institutions and individuals who are working hard at making Hispanics part of the professional working force in the U.S. and Mexican-Americans in particular," said Humberto Gutierrez, administrator of the Mexican American Professional Archive.

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