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Instructional Design and Technology Master’s Program Career Outlook

Whether in a school classroom, or an instructional training division, demand is rising for design-oriented, technology-savvy education and training experts. The career-building power of an online instructional design and technology master’s from Saint Joseph’s University lies in the degree’s hands-on curriculum and the many ways it can be applied in the marketplace.

The program is designed to provide real-world experience with the latest technologies and interactive tools that are present in America’s top school systems and in the corporate training and development departments of cutting-edge companies. You’ll be able to immediately apply lessons and experience gained in the program to your current organization or explore new career opportunities armed with up-to-date skills in an ever-evolving technology marketplace.

Jobs in Instructional Technology

  • K-12 Teacher
  • Director of Academic Design or Technology Services
  • Technology Integration Specialist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Learning Strategist
  • Learning & Development Specialist

Instructional Technology Salaries

  • Instructional coordinators have a median income of $62,270, with job growth expected to rise by 7 percent from 2014 to 20241
  • Training and development managers earn a median income of $102,640, with jobs expected to by 7 percent from 2014 to 20242
  • Education technology consultants earn a median income of $62,201 a year3
  • Training directors earn a median income of $83,8364

Academic Career Outlook

In the public school system, educators are under increasing pressure to show successful learning outcomes. Technology can help students become more engaged with coursework, meaning teachers will require more Instructional Design and Technology experts to assist them in deploying effective technologies into the classroom. At the same time, educational technology will continue to grow in importance and significance as students increasingly rely on technology as a foundation for success in their future careers.

Teachers with master’s degrees earn more on average than those with bachelor’s degrees alone, and teachers with instructional design degrees enjoy greater job security and career flexibility. Those with an master's in instructional design who wish to work in education can enjoy rewarding careers as teachers in public schools, private schools, and alternative education. These teachers are technology design experts and therefore often obtain leadership positions in schools, including higher paying roles in education administration.

Those with a graduate dgree in STEM earn an average of $18K more than those with a bachelor’s in the same field.

A specific benefit of the online master’s in instructional design and technology for professionals in the academic sector is that completion of the degree qualifies Saint Joseph’s University students for Instructional Technology Specialist Certification in the state of Pennsylvania with reciprocity in other states. These highly sought after certifications are the keys to ongoing career development for education professionals and often carry direct salary bonuses and can help establish significant career stability.

Corporate Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job growth for private sector Instructional Coordinators to reach 7 percent by 20241. Companies must continue to invest in the very best training and development for their employees to stay competitive. With more and more schools and education centers embracing technology, the demand has risen for education technology professionals who help improve schools by developing and implementing new instructional technology, classroom technology, and library technology for schools, and by advancing information technology in education.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Instructional Technology from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with a Program Manager right away or request more information below.

1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm
2https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/training-and-development-managers.htm
3http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Education_Consultant/Salary
4http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Training_Director/Salary
5http://www.sheeo.org/sites/default/files/publications/Econ%20Benefit%20of%20Degrees%20Report%20with%20Appendices.pdf

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