Health inequality and careers

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Robertson, Peter. (2014)
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1080/03069885.2014.900660
  • Subject: 613 Personal health & safety | inequality, health, career, career guidance, | HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare | LC Special aspects of education | 370 Education
    mesheuropmc: humanities | education

Structural explanations of career choice and development are well established. Socioeconomic inequality represents a powerful factor shaping career trajectories and economic outcomes achieved by individuals. However, a robust and growing body of evidence demonstrates a strong link between socioeconomic inequality and health outcomes. Work is a key factor explaining differences in income and lifestyle. It seems unavoidable that inequality in careers has profound consequences for health and well-being, but this relationship is largely ignored by career scholars. Some implications of health inequality for career guidance interventions are suggested.
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