Blacks in STEM Jobs Report High Levels of Workplace Discrimination

A new report from the Pew Research Center finds that a large percentage of Blacks who hold jobs in STEM fields report that they have faced discrimination in the workplace. Some 62 percent of Black workers in STEM fields reported that they have experienced discrimination on the job. In non-STEM jobs, 50 percent of Black workers reported that they had experienced discrimination at work.

Only 37 percent of Black workers in STEM fields believe that they are usually treated fairly when it comes to opportunities for advancement and promotion. In stark contrast, 75 percent of White workers in STEM fields believe that Blacks receive fair consideration when it comes to advancement and promotion.

Some 84 percent of Black workers in STEM occupations say workforce diversity is very important. Less than half of Whites agree. Some 57 percent of Black workers in STEM fields say there is too little attention given to increasing racial and ethnic diversity. Only 15 percent of Whites agree.

Blacks make up 9 percent of the total workforce in STEM-related occupations, according to the report.

The full report, Women and Men in STEM Often at Odds on Workplace Equity, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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