According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, business and financial operations occupations were projected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. As of May 2018, the median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $68,350, with many higher-paying business occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree or higher, creating demand for higher education business programs.
Despite seasonal fluctuations, higher education business program inquiry volume maintained an upward trend, for both the online and campus-based formats, from January 2017 through September 2019. Inquiry volume peaked in Q3 (July-September) 2019 for both formats, according to the 2019 Report On The State Of Business Education Demand from Digital Media Solutions® (DMS).
Bachelor-Level Programs Drove Most Conversions For The Business Category In 2019
Across all degree levels, bachelor-level higher education business programs had the largest share of inquiry volume (41.2%) from January through September (Q1-Q3) 2019, increasing from 37.9% in 2018. Bachelor’s program inquiries had the second-highest conversion rate (CVR) of all degree levels and produced the majority of conversion volume (55.5%) during the first three quarters of 2019.
With a CVR of 31.7%, associate was the highest-converting degree level for higher education business programs during Q1-Q3 2019. Despite only representing 9.7% of business program inquiry volume, associate programs drove 20.0% of all business program conversions during the first three quarters of 2019. Download the 2019 Report On The State Of Business Education Demand for more information on degree-level distribution trends.
Business Category Inquiry Volume And Conversions Derived From Internally-Generated Media Channels Continued To Grow In 2019
The share of volume for business category inquiries generated using first-party media rose steadily throughout the past three years, starting at 47.0% in Q1 2017 and peaking at 59.1% in Q3 2019. First-party media channels also drove the vast majority of business program conversions from January 2017 through September 2019, with the first-party share of conversions (SOC) peaking at 85.0% in Q3 2019. With an average conversion rate nearly four times higher than third-party-generated inquiries, first-party-generated inquiries continued to scale for the business category in 2019 due to their efficiency and effectiveness, a trend that will likely continue for quarters to come. Download the 2019 Report On The State Of Business Education Demand for more details on media channel trends.
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Featuring data on higher education business program inquiry volume, conversion rates, media channel performance and more, the 2019 Report On The State Of Business Education Demand from Digital Media Solutions® (DMS) covers trends from January 2017-September 2019, with an emphasis on 2019 data.
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