More than 70% of college students (about 14 million) maintain a job as well as a full class schedule.
A study from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce shows that the number of college students in the workforce is steadily increasing, with 76% of graduate students working more than 30 hours a week, and a quarter of student workers working full-time jobs.
Working while attending school is especially common for adult learners — one-third of these working learners are 30 or older, and nearly 20% have children at home. This study links this increase in working throughout school with the need for adults to return to school in order to keep up with the requirements of their jobs, earn a promotion, or retrain for a new career.
Watch the video below to learn more about how working during school is changing the way we view education, and what researchers hope to do about it:
See how Colorado State University’s online programs offer flexible learning options for working students.