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Instructional Technology

83 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
5,639 Master's Degrees Annually
#46 in Popularity
$52,270 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Instructional Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many educational/instructional technology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 5,656
Graduate Certificate 935
Doctor’s Degree 199
Bachelor’s Degree 83
Associate’s Degree 82
Basic Certificate 60
Undergraduate Certificate 48

What Instructional Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to educational/instructional technology and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Educational/Instructional Technology Majors

Educational/Instructional Technology majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills for Educational/Instructional Technology Majors

educational/instructional technology majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Educational/Instructional Technology Majors

A major in educational/instructional technology will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Instructional Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with educational/instructional technology:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists 8.8% $49,600
Instructional Coordinators 10.5% $64,450
Instructional Designers and Technologists 10.5% $64,450

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Instructional Technology?

83 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
58% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 58% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of educational/instructional technology majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Educational/Instructional Technology Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 16
Hispanic or Latino 1
White 51
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Educational/Instructional Technology, too. About 4.8% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Instructional Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Educational/Instructional Technology majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $52,270 to $67,490 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with educational/instructional technology require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to educational/instructional technology have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.9%
Some College Courses 4.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 28.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.5%
Master’s Degree 47.9%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 4.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.7%
Doctoral Degree 4.9%

Online Instructional Technology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 322 schools offered some type of educational/instructional technology program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 22 6
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 1
Associate’s Degree 6 0
Bachelor’s Degree 111 67
Post-Baccalaureate 22 6
Master’s Degree 256 169
Post-Master’s 32 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 36 13
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Instructional Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a educational/instructional technology grad is $52,270 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 31% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $247,400 after 20 years!

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References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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