Unlike an ascribed status such as race or ethnicity, which cannot be chosen by an individual, social class is achieved. An individual’s social class is not based on his/her birth. As life continues, individuals’ begin to group themselves in clusters based on their level of influence, wealth, or status. Therefore, factors such as education level, occupation, talent, or social connection, among others categorize people in groups (social classes). Overall, social class is not received by birth, rather, professional success, education and social connections contribute to its existence.