What Can You Do With a Degree in Instructional Design?

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Instructional Design Careers Worth Checking Out

In a recent blog post, Cornerstone University’s Jason Allaire outlined five issues affecting higher education, two of which being:

  • Declining completion rates
  • New methods and curricula

On the global workplace training and development front, Statista found that the industry’s market size peaked in 2016, reaching $359.9 billion, while North America’s spending for learning and development also achieved a record growth rate in the same year – more than $50 billion over the last 10 years.

The eLearning market, on the other hand, is expected to cross the $65.41 billion mark by 2023, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a job growth rate of 10% for training and development managers.

What do all these mean for instructional designers?

Learning is continually evolving, and with the evolution of technology in both the classroom and workplace, there is a growing need for well-designed training materials, and experienced instructional design specialists play a vital role in addressing this need.


Career Opportunities with a Degree in Instructional Design

Below are just some of the possible careers for instructional design graduates:

Master’s in Instructional Design: Instructional Coordinators

Instructional coordinators see to it that school curriculums and teaching standards are topnotch. They develop instructional materials and work with teachers and school administrators with implementation, as well as the assessment of the overall value of each curriculum.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the typical entry-level education for instructional coordinator jobs is a master’s degree The 2016 median pay was $63,750, with a career outlook of 11% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average 7% growth rate for all occupations.

Doctor of Education in Instructional Design: Chief Learning Officer

The chief learning officer heads a company’s learning and development program. Their primary duties include:

  • Formulating training strategies
  • Driving corporate learning direction
  • eveloping and maintaining knowledge infrastructure that include knowledge bases, research centers, and learning libraries.

According to PayScale.com, the average yearly salary of a chief learning officer is $132,286, with bonuses up to $59,180.

Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design: Professor in Instructional Design

Professors in instructional design are experts in educational technology, instructional design in both formal and informal settings, and learning analytics. They advise master’s and doctorate students, chair dissertation committees, and even secure funding for instructional design projects and research, among other responsibilities.

As of April 2018, the average annual salary of professors in the United States is $62,557 per year, says Indeed.com. PayScale.com lists the average instructional designer/trainer salary at $59,231, with bonuses potentially reaching $10,067.


Instructional Design Programs at NCU

Northcentral University’s instructional design programs are specifically designed for students seeking different levels of mastery in the field of instructional design.

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design.

    This program will teach students the fundamentals of instructional design, multimedia learning design principles, learner need analysis, and development of powerfully engaging learning materials.

  • Doctor of Education in Instructional Design.

    In this program, students will learn advanced instructional design topics that include modern instructional design and the design and development of simulations and various gaming solutions.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design.

    This program will teach students advanced instructional design skills and how to manage complex projects. By the end of the program, students will have worked with subject matter experts, learned how to carry out research projects, and gained the skills necessary to shape learning environments.

All of the above programs were designed to align with instructional design competencies including those put forward by the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD).

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