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A Guide to Educational Technology Jobs

Educational technology is a dynamic and growing field that integrates learning, technology and innovation. It could be considered a good career option for people interested in communication, technology, distance learning, design, professional development and project management.[i]

When it comes to educational technology jobs, it helps to know your options, whether you already work in the industry or are considering changing careers. Since educational technology is such a broad field, there is a wide range of opportunities. The following information is meant to help you figure out which type of position or if a career in education technology is right for you.

What Are the Career Options?
There is a growing demand for experienced professionals who know how to use technology to enhance the learning experience. Those who work in this field are trained to design, develop, implement and evaluate multimedia instructional materials. This may include teaching online, designing learning applications, overseeing a distance learning department or becoming an educational software consultant. However, educational technology jobs are most often linked to teaching in schools and corporate training.

For those who work in the K-12 or higher education system, this may include curriculum evaluation and design, creating web-based learning and assessment systems, creating multimedia educational materials and training teachers to use technology in the classroom.[ii] Potential job titles include curriculum coordinator, education specialist and instructional technologist.

Educational technology jobs on the corporate training side may include designing, developing and delivering multimedia and web-based education for adult learners.[iii] Potential job titles include instructional content designer, chief learning officer and IT and computer training manager.

These aren’t your only options. You might choose to pursue an educational technology position in another field, such as healthcare, business development, software development, project management or human resources.

What Is the Potential Salary?
The salary range for educational technology jobs varies widely; it depends on your location, experience, background and education. Having an advanced degree in education technology can help prepare you for a leadership position in education, business and working for a government agency or nonprofit.[iv] Job candidates with a master’s degree have the highest earning potential.[v]

As of May 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that instructional coordinators in education with a bachelor’s degree earned a median annual wage of $62,270 while training and development managers across industries with a master’s degree earned a median annual wage of $102,640.[vi],[vii] To further illustrate the wide range in earning potential, consider that the yearly average salary of an instructional designer is $64,157, an e-learning consultant is $78,000 and a director of educational technology is $100,000.[viii],[ix] It is also worth noting that, in the K-12 space, educational technology happens to be one of the highest paid specialty career paths.[x]

If you are thinking of pursuing a career in educational technology, you may want to look at the Online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology at Purdue University. The program is designed to teach you new approaches to learning, instructional design principles and instructional materials and technology. To learn more, call 877-497-5851 to speak to an admissions adviser.

 

[i] “How to land instructional technology jobs.” Geteducated.com. https://www.geteducated.com/career-center/detail/instructional-technologist-and-instructional-coordinator (accessed February 16, 2017).

[ii] “How to land instructional technology jobs.” Geteducated.com. https://www.geteducated.com/career-center/detail/instructional-technologist-and-instructional-coordinator (accessed February 16, 2017).

[iii] “How to land instructional technology jobs.” Geteducated.com. https://www.geteducated.com/career-center/detail/instructional-technologist-and-instructional-coordinator (accessed February 16, 2017).

[iv] “Your career in educational technology.” Teachercertification.org. http://www.teachercertification.org/a/your-career-in-educational-technology.html (accessed February 16, 2017).

[v] “How to land instructional technology jobs.” Geteducated.com. https://www.geteducated.com/career-center/detail/instructional-technologist-and-instructional-coordinator (accessed February 16, 2017).

[vi] “Occupational outlook handbook: Instructional coordinators.” BLS.gov. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm (accessed February 16, 2017).

[vii] “Occupational outlook handbook: Training and development managers.” BLS.gov. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/training-and-development-managers.htm (accessed February 16, 2017).

[viii] “Your career in educational technology.” Teachercertification.org. http://www.teachercertification.org/a/your-career-in-educational-technology.html (accessed February 16, 2017).

[ix] “Instructional designer salaries.” Glassdoor. https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/instructional-designer-salary-SRCH_KO0,22.htm (accessed March 20, 2017).

[x] “How to land instructional technology jobs.” Geteducated.com. https://www.geteducated.com/career-center/detail/instructional-technologist-and-instructional-coordinator (accessed February 16, 2017).