Which online education degrees are most likely to get you a job?
A study published Tuesday by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that online education is a growing sector for job-seekers.
The study looked at 1,923 employers, including employers in retail, restaurants, hotels, health care, and retail stores, and employers that serve the federal government.
Among the findings:Nearly a quarter of employers surveyed were using online education as their primary credential.
Among them, nearly 20% reported using online learning as their credential in 2016.
About 4% of employers reported using it for a higher level of education.
About 5% of the employers surveyed reported using a certificate of completion or credential in the past 12 months.
Only 5% reported a certificate or credential as their highest credential.
“Our data shows that the number of employers that are using online learners to improve their skills, or are using a degree as a means of acquiring a credential, has increased significantly,” said Roberta Koppelman, president and CEO of the National Academy of Engineering.
“These trends are creating more jobs and increasing the number and diversity of careers available in the workforce.”
The report noted that the most popular online education programs are offered by colleges and universities.
The schools that offer the most online education are typically the ones with a reputation for high-quality education and low student debt.
For the study, the National Academies analyzed the data from the 2016 National Survey of Colleges, Employers, and Schools.
The study surveyed employers with more than 1,000 workers.