2. Many managers have business degrees. Asian Americans tend to get engineering and science degrees. Could that be why there are so few Asian Americans at the managerial level?

The percentage of Asian Americans with business degrees is 85% HIGHER than the national average. Although many of us have engineering or science degrees, this does not translate into fewer business degrees. This is because we are relatively few in fields such as English, history, psychology, liberal arts, and the humanities in general. Indeed, Asian Americans represent the highest percentage of all people with MBAs, and the second highest percentage of people with either a bachelors or doctoral degree in business. See Table 1 below.


Bachelor’s Degrees (business): http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d04/tables/dt04_263.asp
Master’s Degrees (business): http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d04/tables/dt04_266.asp
Doctor’s Degrees (business): http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d04/tables/dt04_269.asp

The above table shows that the % of AsAm getting business degree is 10% higher than that of national average, Note, however the % of AsAm having a bachelor’s and higher degree is 75% higher than that of the national average; the two effects combine to mean that the % of AsAm having a business degree is actually 85% than that of the national average.

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