It is a developing discipline that has as its center the need to understand how adults learn and how to most successfully teach them, whether individually, in a class, or in a corporate setting. Professionals that work in
this field design courses that are both comprehensible and pertinent to their student base. They are likely to implement advanced and resourceful methods in teaching adults, including the use of the world-wide web and e-technology. At the heart of these unique teaching techniques are solid cognitive and interpersonal skills which are
indispensable for both the students and the educators.
Online education education has greatly facilitated in this cause as adults and working professionals increasingly find it easier to incorporate learning and education in their busy schedule. Whether it is aimed at career advancement or continuing education to improve literacy, adults find online education as most convenient way of resuming their education.
Due to the ease with which education is available online, many companies and organizations have it on their mandate the continual training and development of their employees. Thus Adult Education specialists are in great demand both in public and private sectors ranging from remedial to career education and from community teaching to corporate training.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook handbook forecasts that the employment in Adult Education sector will boost faster than average growth in the coming decade. Job growth projections range from 14 percent for Adult literacy or remedial educators to 23 percent for self-enrichment and vocational teachers.