The number of new teacher positions in the U.S. rose by more than 6 percent last year, according to a report released Monday by the American Institutes for Research.
The report, based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics, also found that the number of teaching jobs rose in states with higher levels of religious affiliation.
The rise in new teaching jobs was largely driven by the emergence of new technology and a surge in online education.
According to the report, online teaching accounted for nearly half of the new teaching positions in 2017, with a growth of nearly 6 percent over the previous year.
But the report said that the rise in teaching jobs in other fields, including journalism, business and nursing, was a greater contributor to the growth in new positions.
While a majority of the jobs created by new technology jobs have been filled by people with college degrees or higher, the report noted that some professions have been growing more slowly.
The most recent report on new teaching job growth was released last year.