Remaining current in the world of technology has become more and more difficult not only for educators, but for business and industry as well. The Master of Arts Instructional Technology & E-Learning program enables graduates to meet the needs of schools, as well as business and industry, health and human services, government, and the military. The skills acquired through this degree enables individuals to use technology as a tool to enhance learning and training, opening up a variety of career options.
The explosion of distance education programs in the United States and around the world has increased the career opportunities for educators, trainers, and instructional design professionals exponentially. With new demands for cost cutting and a high-speed global network in place, using technology in the class and at work has become so common that learning organizations and corporations alike are aggressively pursuing e-learning professionals. It is clear that e-learning is here to stay. Experts are sought after to fill positions in education, business, government, and non-profit organizations.
Instructional technologists and e-learning experts may hold positions in any of the following areas:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic's 2010 salary guide (www.bls.gov), post-secondary computer science teachers earned annual median salary of $62,050; instructional coordinators earned a median annual salary of 58,830; and the average annual salary for a computer science professor at a college/university was $89,260.
According to the Michigan Labor and Economic Growth Labor Market Information (www.milmi.org), the average wage in Michigan for post-secondary computer science teachers in 2010 was $85,200 and for instructional coordinators it was $59,250.