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Learning Design and Technology Career Outlook, Jobs, and Salaries

Engage More. Earn More.

Personalized learning empowered by technology isn't going anywhere: More than half of American classrooms have a 1:1 student to device ratio.1 Further, interactive learning has shown to significantly boost engagement and retention among adult learners in the workplace in addition to children at school.2

Whether you're in the classroom or designing professional development courses, a Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology will help you incorporate technology and drive results among your learners. You'll be ready to design instruction that is accessible to learners, employs the latest teaching strategies, and incorporates technology in a way that increases learner success through deeper engagement.

As you help others learn, you'll also earn more. 88 percent of major U.S. school districts pay teachers more when they attain a master's degree.3 Not a teacher? The average salary of learning-design jobs are on the higher end of education salaries and show promising growth over the next decade:

Learning Design and Technology Careers Career Growth 2016–2026 Median Annual Salary
Instructional Coordinators (including Instructional Designers) 11% $63,750
Training and Development Managers 10% $108,250
Elementary and Kindergarten Teachers* 7% $56,900
Middle School Teachers* 8% $57,720
High School Teachers* 8% $59,170
K-12 Administrators* 8% $94,390

Source: Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

Top Careers in Learning Design

The skills you'll gain in our online M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology program will enrich any organization, but you don't have to be a teacher to grow in your career. Examples of positions* that may be open to you with this degree include:

  • Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Instructional Design Specialist
  • Technology Integrationist
  • Professional Development Coach
  • Curriculum Specialist/Director
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Digital Learning Coach
  • STEAM Teacher*/Coordinator

While the educational services industry tops the list, learning design and technology careers are available across industries. Here are the top five industries seeking these skills in the Midwest4, other than the education sector:

  1. Health Care and Social Assistance
  2. Finance and Insurance
  3. Manufacturing
  4. Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  5. Information Services

Become a thought leader. Request more information about the M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology today or contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954.


  3. National Council on Teacher Quality Contract Database. Accessed May 2018.
  4. Burning Glass Labor Insight. Accessed May 2018.

*Professional licensure may be required. This program is not intended to lead to a professional license or certification in any state.