What You Can Do With a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design

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As technology becomes more and more pervasive in education, curriculums will need to be rewritten to better serve the evolving needs of students and various types of learners. This not only entails revising text in books but also ensuring that learning materials are properly adapted so that learners are better able to digest and retain knowledge.This is where a degree in instructional design comes in handy.

At NCU, there are different types of instructional design courses you can pursue, namely Master of Science in Instructional Design, Doctor of Education in Instructional Design, and Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design

So what exactly will you be trained to do with a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design upon graduation? Here are a few ideas to consider:

Post-Secondary Instructor 

Post-secondary instructors teach technical and academic subjects to students who have completed their secondary education. They usually work in universities, private or community colleges, and professional institutions.

The median pay for this job is $76,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 10-year job growth forecast of 15% from 2016-2026.

Research and Development Manager

The research and development manager oversees new product development, as well as new process/program rollouts within their organization. They usually work in the fields of technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and business.

Salary.com pegs the yearly average base salary for this position at $137,134, while PayScale has it at $96,160 per year.

Training and Development Manager

Aside from overseeing the activities of the training and development team, the training and development manager is responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating programs that supplement the skills and knowledge of an organization’s employees. They are utilized in nearly every industry.

The median pay for this position is $108,250 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the 10-year job growth outlook is 10% from 2016-2026. Meanwhile, PayScale has the average salary per year for training and development managers at $74,300, while ZipRecruiter has it at $83,053.

Education Administrator 

Those working in education administration may work at any level in the education system, from early education through the graduate level. Here are some of the various titles one may hold within this field:

Education Administrator, Elementary and Secondary School

Education administrators in the primary and secondary school levels are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating all administrative, academic, and supplementary activities in private or public elementary or secondary school institutions. 

PayScale records show that the average salary per year for this position is $69,482.

Postsecondary Education Administrators

Administrators in postsecondary education institutions are responsible for overseeing academics, student services, and faculty research at universities or colleges. They can be found in offices such as the registrar’s office or admissions, depending on their duties.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for postsecondary school administrators is $92,360 per year, with a job growth outlook of 10% from 2016-2026.

School Principal (Elementary, Middle, and High School)

The school principal manages all of the school’s operations, including overseeing teachers and staff, daily school activities, as well as coordinating curriculums. They can be found in both private and public school institutions.

The median pay for this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is $94,390 per year, with a job outlook of 8% from 2016-2026. Salary.com, meanwhile, has the average salary per year at $105,072.

Distance Learning Coordinator 

Distance learning coordinators supervise the planning, scheduling, and implementation of distance learning courses. They also troubleshoot and resolve problems with the learning program, as well as evaluate its effectiveness through tests and assessments.

PayScale has the average salary per year for this position at $49,698, ZipRecruiter at $46,889 and Paysa at $39,666.

At Northcentral University, our Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design program aims to arm education professionals with the training and know-how they need to create powerful learning pathways for a wide range of learners. Call us at 866-776-0331 for any questions or fill out the form below to request for information.


 

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