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New Statistics on Mexican American Professionals from the 2009 Community Survey


Edited by Carol Ponzio
Graphs by Daniel Borg

The American Community Survey for 2009 has just been released by the Census Bureau.

OCCUPATIONS:  Management, professional, and related occupations.

A comparison of the American Survey for the years 2008 and 2009 shows that Mexican Americans have gained .3% in Management, professional, and related occupations:

2008 Total population 34.9% vs. 15.5% for   Mexican

2009 Total population 35.7% vs. 15.8% for Mexican

If you look closely, the gain in the total population is .8%. This number is higher than the gain by Mexican Americans which is .3%.

Management, Professional & Related Occupations


The results for Educational Attainment shows the following results:

Again I am comparing the years 2008 and 2009 from the American Community Survey.

Bachelor’s degree or higher

2008 Total population 27.7% vs. 9.0% for Mexican.

2009 Total population 27.0% vs. 9.0% for Mexican.

In this case there has been a drop of .7% in the total population with Bachelor’s degrees or higher.  The percentage of Mexican Americans with Bachelor’s degrees or better has stayed the same at 9.0%.  I will call this a small step towards improvement in our educational attainment.

Educational Attainment


Civilian employed population 16 years and over:

2008 Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services

Total population 10.4% vs. 9.9% for Mexican.

2009 Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services

Total population 10.6% vs. 10.1% for Mexican.

These numbers show that in Science, Mexican Americans are represented in fairly even percentages in contrast to the total population.  The only explanation I can think of for this equality is that Language and Culture do not play as big a role in Science as they do in other occupations.

The percentages also show a slight gain for Mexican Americans from 9.9% to 10.1%, although not as much of a gain as the general population which went from 10.4% to 10.6%.

Professional, Scientific, and Mgmt, Admin and Waste Mgmt Services

One last industry:

Educational services, and health care and social assistance.

2008 total population 21.7% vs. 13.7% for Mexican.

2009 total population 22.7% vs. 14.5% for Mexican.

Although Mexican Americans didn’t make the same gain as the general population, the gain they made was close to the gain in the general population.

Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance


1. U.S. Census Selected Population Profile in the United States.
Population Group: Mexican
Data Set: 2008 American Community Survey
see data here

2. U.S. Census Selected Population Profile in the United States.
Population Group: Mexican
Data Set: 2009 American Community Survey
see data here

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2015 Annual Report on Mexican American Professionals Now Available

The 2015 Annual Report on Mexican American Professionals is now available on

News from the 2015 American Community Service shows good increases in the numbers of Mexican Americans attending college, achieving educational attainment, and holding jobs in industries including science, management, and business.

• Mexican American college enrollment increased from 18.7% to 18.9% between 2014 and 2015
• Graduate or professional degree attainment among Mexican Americans rose from 2.9% to 3.0%
• The number of Mexican Americans achieving bachelor’s degrees rose from 7.6% to 7.8% in 2015

Despite these numbers, Mexican Americans are still near the bottom of college enrollment and educational attainment by race and ethnicity.

The University of California is proactive in pushing for a greater number of underrepresented minorities. The number Chicano/Latino students attending UOC increased by 2.7% since 2014; this group now makes up 32.3% of admitted university freshmen.

In terms of occupations, the number of Mexican Americans making up part of the management, business, science, and art occupations continues to rise, from 16.6% to 17.5% from 2012 to 2015. Mexican Americans have also seen consistent numbers in the professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services occupations, keeping steady at 10.2% of all jobs in these fields held by Mexican Americans.

These numbers represent continuing gains in higher education and professional jobs for Mexican Americans. For more, visit