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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.

Corporate Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job growth for private sector Instructional Coordinators to reach 13% by 20221. That level of job creation is much higher than most other occupations as 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.

Academic Career Outlook

In the public school system, the nationwide teacher workforce is expected to grow by 13% in the next several years, according to the Labor Statistics Bureau2. That expanding team of 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 M.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.

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.

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

1 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition: Instructional Coordinators
2 Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition: Teachers – Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle and Secondary

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