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Table 8 Analysis of students’ favored career interests by grade

From: A study of the correlation between STEM career knowledge, mathematics self-efficacy, career interests, and career activities on the likelihood of pursuing a STEM career among middle school students

Career interest listed in top 2 favorites Grade 7 Grade 9
% Number % Number
Working with people^ 46.8 277 52.8 316
Technical and scientific skills 40.3 236 38.6 227
Creative skills and expression^ 45.4 268 37.0 220
Leading, persuading and directing others 31.7 185 33.7 199
Manual and mechanical skills^ 36.5 214 29.4 173
Routines and adhering to standards 19.8 115 24.1 140
  1. Sample size ranges from 255 to 593 across career interests. Differences are statistically significant at the .05 level or better (^). Data weighted by grade and province