Black Americans’ views of and engagement with science

Graph shows comparatively small shares of Black adults see science, engineering jobs as 'open' to Black people.

Respondents say that Black people have reached the highest levels of success as:

Professional athletes (84%)
Professional musicians (80%)
Lawyers (60%)
Clergy (58%)
Medical doctors (55%)
Military officers (54%)
Business executives (52%)
Engineers (43%)
Scientists (36%)

Percentage of respondents who say professions are very welcoming to Black people:

Professional athletes (63%)
Professional musicians (58%)
Lawyers (25%)
Clergy (38%)
Medical doctors (28%)
Military officers (27%)
Business executives (17%)
Engineers (23%)
Scientists (20%)

Survey conducted Nov 30-Dec 12, 2021. "Black Americans' View of and Engagement With Science"

A new Pew Research Center survey takes a wide-ranging look at Black Americans’ views and experiences with science, spanning medical and health care settings, educational settings, and as consumers of science-related news and information in daily life.

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