Data Driven: Career Decision-making

Data Driven: Career Decision-making

CTE Policy Watch: A blog for CTE advocates


Data Driven: Career Decision-making Posted: 31 Oct 2016 07:06 AM PDT

DataDriven Ninth-graders overwhelmingly name parents and family as having the strongest influence on their thinking about careers, at 41 percent.[i]

Where do high school students turn to help them decide on careers? Despite anecdotes about the influence of TV shows and celebrities on career decisions, data from the National Center for Education Statistics suggests that family is the most important influencer on ninth-graders thinking about careers. Teachers come in second in influence, at 6.2 percent, while counselors were named only 2.7 percent of the time. When sharing this statistic with the media or policymakers, emphasize how your CTE program engages students and parents in career exploration and planning. You can access more CTE data with ACTE fact sheets and other policy and advocacy publications.


[i] U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics. High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) First Follow-up Restricted-Use Data File. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ctes/tables/h168.asp
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