Putting the earn in learn: Technological progress supports industry revenue growth

The Online Education industry has expanded over the past five years. Technological advancements and wider internet access have made the online education model an increasingly viable option for learning and career advancement. Student demand for online learning has soared as more individuals and businesses have recognised the benefits of online education. Industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 5.4% over the five years through 2017-18, to $4.9 billion. This includes anticipated growth of 1.7% in 2017-18.A rise in the national unemployment rate has further strengthened the trend towards upskilling over the past five years...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$5bn
Annual Growth 13-18
5.4%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
15,205
Businesses
1,409
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Online courses have been identified as a growth area, particularly for international students
  • Industry profit margins have declined, due to rising competition and operating costs
  • The unemployment rate is forecast to fall over the next five years, supressing industry demand
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Online Education industry exhibits a low level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on wages, an estimated $0.18 will be spent on capital costs in 2017-18. The establishment and infrastructure costs for online courses and education are high and may push up capital investment for operators initially. However, increased capital investment in digital infrastructure, education programs and data storage may also allow institutions to reduce their wage costs over the long term.Education is typically labour-intensive, as teachers and support staff are essential to the learning process. Generally, wage expenses are the largest cost for institutions. How...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Online Education Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Online Education Industry are

  • Market research and understanding
  • Having a good reputation
  • Ability to contain costs
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Internet connections and Average weekly hours worked in the Online Education industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Online Education Industry?

    The industry includes institutions that deliver online education to students. To be considered an online provider, over 80% of the course or unit content offered must be delivered online. For example, students could be located off-campus for the duration of their enrolment and successfully complete a unit of study. Online education includes study at all levels of education.

    Industry Products
  • Non-formal education
  • Certificates and diplomas
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Postgraduate courses
  • Online tutoring
  • School education
  • Industry Activities
  • Online education provision
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Internet connections
  • Average weekly hours worked
  • Real household discretionary income
  • National unemployment rate

  • Current Performance
  • Government support
  • Reaching new markets
  • Massive Open Online Courses
  • Industry structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Broadening the market
  • Massive Open Online Courses and blended learning
  • Government reform
  • Table: Online Education Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Online Education Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • State Government Administration
  • Industry Associations
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Computer Peripheral Wholesaling
  • Computer and Software Retailing
  • Computer System Design Services
  • Internet Service Providers
  • Newspaper and Book Retailing
  • Postal and Courier Services

  • Products & Services
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Postgraduate courses
  • Certificates and diplomas
  • Non-formal education
  • School education
  • Online tutoring
  • Chart: Online Education Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 18 to 24
  • People aged 25 to 44
  • People aged 45 and over
  • People aged 17 and under
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Online Education Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Rent
  • Marketing
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Online Education

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Online Education Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Online Education Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Online Education Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Blended Learning
  • A combination of both online and traditional instruction.
  • Distance Education
  • Education delivered over a physical distance, as opposed to delivery within the traditional classroom. For example, delivery can be via the internet, printed materials, CD-ROMs, phone or e-mail.
  • Mooc
  • Massive Online Open Course
  • Oua
  • Open Universities Australia.
  • Unit
  • Also known as a subject, units are taken to gain credit toward completion of a course or program.
  • Vet
  • Vocational Education and Training.
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