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Careers in Learning Design and Technology

A Positive Job Outlook for Educators and Instructors

With the evolving industry of instructional design and educational technology, employers seek those who have hands-on experience designing, developing, and implementing instructional tools, programs, and materials. Purdue’s innovative MSEd in Learning Design and Technology program arms you with a portfolio filled with projects that demonstrate your proficiency in instructional design and performance assessment, which means you’ll graduate ready to interview for the most in-demand roles.

Technology advancements and innovations in learning and teaching methods continue to affect the classroom, but an online master’s degree in Learning Design and Technology isn’t just for teachers. With continuous innovations in training methods and learning technology, organizations are utilizing social media, visual simulations, social networks, and mobile learning in their education and training programs, which requires highly-skilled instructional coordinators to develop and implement most effectively.

The need for educators and trainers with an understanding of these advancements is on the rise, which is why the MSEd in LDT will prepare you for a rewarding career in a variety of different industries including:

  • K-12 Education
    The need for updated curricula to reflect our changing society, increasing pressure on schools to improve performance, and a rapid adoption toward technology-facilitated learning equates to job growth for instructional designers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs for instructional coordinators, also known as curriculum coordinators, will grow by 13 percent through 2022*, much faster than the average rate of growth for all jobs1. The average salary for instructional coordinators in 2012 was $60,050 per year.
  • Health Care Instructional Design
    Continuing advances in technology and medicine mean that health care workers must be taught to operate new software, hardware, and equipment correctly and safely. The learning design principles you will acquire will prepare you for a health care career in a variety of different settings, including hospitals, medical schools, and R&D environments.
  • Business Training and Development
    As many organizations seek to improve employee performance and ensure their skills are up-to-date, training and development become vital areas for investment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the average salary for training and development managers ranges between $57,920 and $178,360. Employment growth for training and development managers will grow 11 percent through 2022. There is also a growing demand for instructional design professionals in the field of project management, which means an LDT degree may be the right step if you want to become a project manager.

A degree in Learning Design and Technology can be an asset, both in the job marketplace and in your work performance. Explore a sampling of jobs that can be obtained with this degree:

Education Technology and Training Jobs

  • Education Specialist
  • Training Specialist
  • Training Coordinator
  • Training Director
  • Training Manager
  • Curriculum Developer or Manager
  • Curriculum Development Specialist
  • Curriculum Manager
Elearning and Multimedia Jobs
  • eLearning Analyst
  • eLearning Developer
  • eLearning Consultant
  • eLearning Product Manager
  • eLearning Program Manager
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Collaborative Learning Manager

Instructional Design Jobs

  • Business Development Manager
  • Instructional Consultant
  • Instructional Content Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Interface and Multimedia Designers
  • IT and Computer Training Manager
  • IT Coordinators Supporting eLearning Products
  • Learning Coordinator
  • Learning Services Manager
  • Learning Systems Analyst
  • Learning Technologist
  • LMS/LCMS Administrator
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Performance Support Specialist
  • Project Manager

Raise the Standard for Education in Technology

Master the curriculum development process, learn to leverage the impact of technology on learning, and become a leader in the field of instructional design and implementation. Purdue’s online MSEd in LDT will pave the way for new career opportunities and higher earning potential.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University, complete the form or call us at 877-497-5851 to speak to an admissions adviser.