The Perks Of Inteligence

This is a table that I ran across in a special issue of Scientific American that I got for Christmas.

Taken from Scientific American Presents Exploring Intelligence published first quarter of 1999. Adapted in an article entitled “The General Intelligence Factor” by Linda S. Gottfredson from material presented in Intelligence; Volume 24, Issue 1 (January/February 1997.)

Life Chances High Risk Uphill Battle Keeping Up Out Ahead Yours To Lose
Career Potential Assembler, food service, nurse’s aide Clerk, teller, police officer, machinist, sales Manager, teacher, accountant Attorney, chemist, executive
IQ < 75 75 – 90 90 – 110 110 – 125 > 125
Total population distribution 5% 20% 50% 20% 5%
Out of the labor force more than one month of the year (men) 22% 19% 15% 14% 10%
Unemployed more than one month of the year (men) 12% 12% 7% 7% 2%
Divorced in five years 21% 22% 23% 15% 9%
Had illegitimate children (women) 32% 17% 8% 4% 2%
Lives in poverty 30% 16% 6% 3% 2%
Ever incarcerated (men) 7% 7% 3% 1% 0%
Chronic welfare recipient (mothers) 31% 17% 8% 2% 0%
High school dropout 55% 35% 6% 0.4% 0%

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