Jobs for the Future survey exposes blockades for Black professionals in tech

Recently, Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national nonprofit for the transformation and economic advancement of the American workforce and education for all, shared results from a survey on more than 1,000 Black Americans that unveiled systemic barriers for Black people seeking careers in technology. Here are some of the findings:

  • STEM careers are viewed as out of reach. About 45 percent of those who did not study STEM considered it, but 21 percent believed it would be too challenging while 14 percent believed the cost would be too high for them.
  • Gender gap compounds the racial equity gap. Per the survey, most Black Americans working in tech are men between the ages of 16 and 34. Black women are more likely than men to report exiting high school with basic technology skills with no access to advanced opportunities.
  • Young Black workers are more likely to see tech as an exclusive sector. Most careers in tech are viewed as well paid, but Black Americans don’t believe they have access to high-earning careers.
  • Black workers view mentorship as key to career success, but don’t have access. Almost half of those in the survey had a formal or informal mentor with 77 percent sharing the same race or ethnicity—which has proven to be helpful. However, 55 percent of Black Americans reported never having a career mentor.

The purpose of the survey stems from JFF’s aims to push racial economic equity and boost the amount of Black Americans in profitable careers. Learn more about the survey findings here.

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2 replies on “Jobs for the Future survey exposes blockades for Black professionals in tech”

Until we change the education of STEM in our schools for Black students currently the lowest performing students in math in South Los Angeles we will always hinder there prospects of entering the technology and STEM Career sector. We believe that math and science education is pivotal to the success of our children. We have created an early childhood program for students that continues into K-12. Black families must learn to how to take control of their children education so they achieve their full potential and have access to all the math development their require. We can no longer expect only educators to create individual educational plans for children we must do it for ourselves and with community support. We are surrounded by educational experts who can mentor, coach and advise us. Seek them out to assist you and your children so they too can choose to enter the field of STEM and enjoy having a lifelong career!

Dear Yolande,

Thank you so much for your response. We really appreciate your input and what you have to say on the topic. We would love to establish further communication with you on the subject. Please feel free to reach me at nwashington@pluginsouthla.com, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,
-Noah Washington

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