PHOENIX, Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- While a slow economy can give the impression that things are standing still, nearly nine-in-ten (89 percent) employed Americans believe there is still room to grow in their current careers, according to a recent survey from University of Phoenix®. The survey reveals that many Americans have education in their short-term plans and that the majority of working adults plan to take an online course to advance their careers.
Forty-one percent of Americans who are not currently in school full-time, plan to return to school at some point in the future, with 64 percent of these education-seekers expecting to do so in the next two years. Working adults are even more likely to go back to school with 54 percent saying they will head back to school.
"There is a skills gap in America. Employers have jobs available, but many companies are having a difficult time finding workers with the right skills to fill those positions," said Dr. Bill Pepicello, president of University of Phoenix. "At the University, we see many working adults pursuing education to address their own skills gaps and position themselves for career growth. Technology is helping to bridge this gap – we are making education more personal, more social, more accessible and more aligned with the dynamics in the workplace."Interest in online education coursesThe survey finds that nearly half (48 percent) of Americans say they are currently or will take an online class to advance their careers. The desire to take online courses is not limited to the youngest adults. In fact, adults between the ages of 25-34 were most likely to say they are currently taking an online course or plan to in the future (74 percent), followed by those ages 18-24 (63 percent). Fifty-eight percent of adults ages 35-44 plan to take an online course, followed by 46 percent of adults ages 45-54 and 21 percent of adults 55 or older. Americans who are currently employed are even more likely to take online courses, with 59 percent of working adults saying they are currently taking such a course or plan to in the future. Of these, 10 percent are currently taking an online course and more than half (52 percent) intend to do so within in the next 12 to 18 months.