Volume 42 - Number 1 - 2001 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.2001.01039



The purpose of this study was to identify and describe the factors that were related to African American and Hispanic graduates' decisions to choose (or not to choose) a career in agriculture or a related field prior to or after college. The population for this study was all African American and Hispanic graduates who received a baccalaureate degree in an agriculture- related field at Texas A&M University between May 1990 and December 1997 (N = 551). The responding sample was 139 (26%). Various commonalities and differences existed among the two groups. When respondents enrolled in their first agriculture-related course did not have a major effect on their probability of choosing an agriculture-related career. However, the role of significant others and specific job-related factors is validated in this study.

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