Workforce needs have changed dramatically over the past few decades, and a high school diploma isn’t sufficient for most careers providing family-sustaining wages. This is rooted in the global shift from an industrial to knowledge-based economy. Many communities are facing a misalignment between college degrees and labor market needs, so students aren’t prepared for careers that are high-wage, in-demand and high-skill, and employers cannot find qualified employees. School counselors need to understand how to share information about the economy as well as labor market information to guide students and their families in exploring career options. Explore the current and emerging labor market, and describe how to use labor market information with students and their families. Additionally, learn how career technical education (CTE) can be a tool in connecting students with programs leading to meaningful credentials and in-demand careers.