This volume examines special issues associated with providing services and guidance to African American men. Although this group of men is like any other in its struggle with its social and economic problems, African American men experience a higher rate of murder, imprisonment, unemployment and racism. The contributors to this book provide a broad, interdisciplinary view of the possible solutions to the different problems facing African American men.
Chapter 21: Career Counseling with African American Male College Students
Career Counseling with African American Male College Students
Rapidly changing demographics and increasing technological advances in society dictate that college graduates be prepared to meet the demands of the 21st-century workplace. Data from the 1990 census indicate that people of color are clustered in occupational industries that are declining, such as manufacturing, production, and agriculture (Okocha, 1994). This is of particular concern because African American males are among the most underemployed and unemployed groups in the nation (Leonard, 1985). In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor (1997) reports that the majority of African American men were employed as correctional officers, security guards, cooks, motor vehicle operators (bus drivers, truck drivers, etc.), janitors, laborers, groundskeepers, and mechanics. Many of ...