A Comparison of Values Placed on Career Plans of Hispanic Immigrant and Caucasian United States Citizens Employed in Agriculture in Louisiana

By Richard Johnson and Joe Kotrlik.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Hispanic immigrants come to the United States with hopes to obtain a better life for their families through perceived better wages and educational opportunities. One source of income for Hispanic immigrants is through employment in crawfish farm operations. Crawfish farm operations benefit from the employment of Hispanic immigrants through government programs that supply workers to the industry. Therefore, many crawfish farm operations in Louisiana employ immigrant labor as well as local laborers to operate efficiently.
The purpose of this study was to compare selected characteristics of crawfish farm workers as well as to explore values related to careers and monetary earnings. The results of this study indicated significant differences associated with Hispanic immigrant and Caucasian U.S. citizen crawfish farmer’s values placed on careers.
The results of this study can be used by extension services and other educational programs to direct future educational activities based on collected information related to values of crawfish farm employees and the comparison of human capital theory in assimilation.

Keywords: Hispanic, Immigrant, Career, Agriculture, Human Capital Theory

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.159-170. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 748.895KB).

Dr. Richard Johnson

Graduate Student, Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, Louisiana State University, Crowley, LA, USA

Richard Johnson is a graduate student who has focuses primarily on Hispanic workers in agriculture. The goal of his research is to develop a practice that enables stakeholders to better develop educational programs that would benefit this group of workers throughout the United States. In practice, Richard has served as an extension agent in the aquaculture industry developing programs that provide educational support to this industry.

Dr. Joe Kotrlik

J.C. Atherton Alumni Professor, School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, Louisiana State University, LA, USA


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