This paper reports on the career aspirations of a sample of male students from farm backgrounds attending Iowa State University. Data on students' "ideal" and "realistic" career choices are presented and systematically compared for consistency. Overall, the consistency ratings are reasonably high between students' ideal and realistic career choices, but the data reveal a sizeable number of individuals who would ideally like to enter farming but feel blocked from doing so by existing social and economic factors. Data germane to other agriculturally-related career paths are also presented along with a discussion of the implications of the findings for the land grant university.



career choices, farm youth, farm students, comparison

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