Occupational choice and social mobility of Mexican-Americans: a study of the vocational aspirations of Mexican-American high school seniors

The lack of intergenerational occupational mobility among Mexican- Americans'' has been noted by individuals who have studied their progress as a group in the United States. Bogue, for example, concluded after analyzing the 1950 Census data that Mexican-Americans are "the only ethnic group for which a comparison of the characteristics of the first and second generation fails to show a substantial rise in socio-economic status." More recently, analysis of the I960 Census data indicated a rise in educational achievement; however, the Mexican-American group continued to be heavily overrepresented in the lower strata of society and to be disadvantaged economically on nearly every criterion used. This research study was concerned with the vocational aspirations of Mexican-American high school seniors students from two high schools of Fresno County located in central California, Some important factors which give rise or direction to vocational aspirations or which influence vocational aspirations were studied. The study was also concerned with the occupational mobility of the youths as the students were dichotomized by aspirations to either high level occupations or to low level occupations.