How to Land Instructional Technology Jobs


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Students Learn About Instructional Technology Jobs and Careers

Most people have never heard of a career in educational or instructional technology. That's a shame since the demand for instructional technologists, also known as educational technology specialists, is expected to grow 23 percent—much faster than average—through 2018. 

One big bonus for anyone interested in educational technology degrees and careers? Salaries earned by technologists are typically higher than those earned by regular teachers or instructors. Educational technology jobs are one of the highest paid speciality career paths for educators.
 
Anyone who loves teaching or training and also enjoys working with computers may find instructional technology jobs to be very rewarding. Teachers, trainers, HR specialists, editors and writers are among a few of the professionals who might benefit by making a career change and re-focusing their skills in the expanding area of ed tech.
 
 
If you are searching for great online jobs in educational technology, check out Get Educated's free job board for online instructors, teachers and designers. Updated several times a week, these ed tech job listings range from course designers to online instructors. Most of these positions can be done remotely or at a distance.
 

Educational technologists work in some capacity helping tie computer or web-based technology to learning. There is surging demand for instructional technologists who can "teach" teachers how to integrate technology into the residential classroom. Some of the jobs open to educational technology specialists include:

  • Course developer or designer 
  • Technology coordinator 
  • Online learning specialist 
  • Web-based learning manager 
  • Multimedia designer 
  • Technology integration specialist 
  • Computer learning lab coordinator 
  • Instructional designer 
  • Learning applications (apps) designer 
  • Virtual reality specialist 
  • Flipped classroom developer 
  • Web instructor 
  • Online teacher, mentor or trainer 
  • Computer mediated learning metrics manager 
  • Distance learning director 
  • Educational software consultant
     
Educational technologists sometimes work as curriculum specialists. They may help train instructional coaches or work as quality directors for instructional materials. When working as curriculum specialists, they may evaluate how well a school or training program’s curriculum meets students’ needs. They may author multimedia educational materials and textbooks. They may engage in research and observe instructional practices to recommend methods for improving curriculum or converting traditional course materials to web-based delivery and assessment systems.
 
Instructional technologists may develop curricula, select textbooks and other materials, train teachers, and assess educational programs for quality and adherence to federal and state regulations and standards. They often assist teachers in integrating technology in the classroom. Some work as directors of computerized learning labs. They may purchase, install, implement and troubleshoot all factors that affect the integration of technology in the classroom. In addition to developing curriculum and instructional materials, those who work as instructional coordinators may plan and provide on-site education for teachers and administrators. Instructional coordinators mentor new teachers and train experienced ones in the latest instructional methods.
 
At the primary and secondary school level, instructional technologists often specialize in specific subjects, such as reading, language arts, mathematics or science. An increasing emphasis on the quality of education is driving demand for instructional technologists who can adjust local curricula to meet state and federal mandates for accountability. These same educational technologists are often responsible for implementing and interpreting web-based metric systems that provide reports of educational efficacy or success levels.
 
At the K-12 level, educational technology career openings will be best for those who specialize in special education, reading, math or science. For more on careers in educational technology at the K-12 level, check out the resources and professional networking opportunities offered by the International Society for Technology in Education.
 
 
If you are specifically interested in teaching online, check out the Get Educated guide to teaching online or our related advice piece in how to become an online instructor.
 
 
 

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