Unlocking Career Opportunities: A Guide to Career Resources for African Americans-Part 2

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are vital to a thriving workforce. According to Pew Research Center survey (2023), a majority of employed U.S. adults (56%), says focusing on increasing DEI at work is a good thing. 

However, the journey to a successful career for African Americans holds unique challenges and triumphs. During this month, let’s reflect on the contributions of the African American community and those who empower individuals on their professional paths.

Navigating a complex job market requires skill, determination and access to resources that are specific to the needs of African American workers. As we celebrate the rich heritage of African Americans during Black History month, take advantage of community organizations, nonprofits, and cultural associations that offer job training, career counseling, and other support services for African American job seekers. These resources can offer valuable guidance, networking opportunities, and access to job leads tailored to your needs.

African American Professional Groups by Occupation Business

Black Data Processing Associates is a non-profit organization of professionals working in or having an interest in the Computer Science and Information Technology fields.

https://bdpa.org/

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Inc. is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for Black Business Leaders in accounting, finance business, and entrepreneurship. 

https://nabainc.org/ 

 The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), is an inspirational and unique career development and networking powerhouse for Black and African American human resources practitioners and those who are aligned with our goals to provide: Networking, Career Opportunities, Educational and Professional Development, Mentorship and Coaching and Tools, Tips and Resources. 

https://www.naaahr.org/

African American Trade Association promotes trade, ecommerce, economic development and wellbeing through education, collaborations and lucrative partnerships that advance opportunities for African American communities and Black-owned businesses. Advocates to reduce wealth and health disparities among African Americans and to position Black-owned businesses for growth.

https://aatrade.org/

 The mission of the National Black MBA Association® is to lead in the creation of educational, wealth building, and growth opportunities for those historically underrepresented throughout their careers as students, entrepreneurs, and professionals.  https://nbmbaa.org/ 

National Sales Network’s goal is to meet the professional and developmental needs of sales and sales management professionals and individuals is an association of African American sales and sales management professionals. 

https://www.salesnetwork.org/

 

Engineering and Science

American Association of Blacks in Energy. Since its founding in 1977, the AABE organization has always been committed to building the pipeline of minority energy professionals. Specialties include energy policy, technology, and the environment. https://www.aabe.org/

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers a community of minority scientists and engineers. 

https://www.nobcche.org/ 

National Society of Black Engineers mission is to increase the number of African American engineers, as well as help them succeed professionally and to give back to their communities. NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology.

https://www.nsbe.org/      

National Society of Black Physicists is dedicated to promotion of the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large. 

https://nsbp.org/ 

 Food Services

BCA was Incorporated as the Black Culinarian Alliance in 1998 and is now known simply as the BCA. This is a national educational and networking organization serving African American and other minority professionals working in culinary, hospitality and food services. 

https://bcaglobal.org/ 

 

Government

The National Organization of Blacks in Government includes civil servants in federal state, county, and municipal agencies. https://bignti.org/   

 

Healthcare

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) NBNA represents approximately 200,000 African American nurses from the USA, Canada, Eastern Caribbean, and Africa, with 111 chartered chapters nationwide. NBNA’s mission is to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to represent and provide a forum for Black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of health care for persons of color. 

https://www.nbna.org/ 

The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research, and partnerships with federal and private agencies. 

https://www.nmanet.org/ 

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.  https://snma.org/ 

 

Law and Criminal Justice

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice is a multi-racial, non-partisan, non-profit association of criminal justice professionals and community leaders dedicated to improving the administration of justice. Members consist of criminal justice professionals such as those in law enforcement, institutional and community corrections, courts, social services, academia, religious and other community-based interests as well as criminal justice students and community leaders. https://nabcj.org/   

The National Bar Association has made significant strides in expanding the opportunities for its membership. Today, the National Bar Association is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of African American lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students, with a network of over 67,000. The NBA has over 80 chapters throughout the United States and has affiliations with lawyer organizations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa, Morocco, and the Caribbean.

https://nationalbar.org/ 

National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives mission is to provide community-based solutions to policing issues which have a direct impact on communities of color and the pivotal roles that African American, Latino, and other criminal justice practitioners of color play. https://noblenational.org/     

Media

The National Association of Black Journalists provides innovative, quality programs and services to its members. The organization advocates on behalf of Black journalists and media professionals in the U.S. and worldwide. NABJ’s membership is more than 4,000 strong and includes emerging journalists, professional journalists, student journalists, journalism educators and media professionals of all kinds. 

https://nabjonline.org/ 

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Ensuring equity in the delivery of services is my core belief; I work to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and dignity. As a coach, it is my privilege to help clients identify their unique skills and competencies and apply them as they conduct their job search. 

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