Career Options - B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology

Instructional Design and Technology–A Career in High Demand

Did you know that the information-communications-technology industry has had double-digit growth just within the last four years? Demand is high for professionals who can analyze training needs and goals and then design and develop technology-supported instructional materials in various organizations. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released data in April 2008 that indicate strong, continued growth for this field. In addition, learning trends, such as the explosive growth of online learning in preK–12 and higher education, will continue to open doors to job opportunities. With a B.S. in Instructional Design and Technology, you can prepare to explore a variety of careers in this fast-growing field, including:*

  • Instructional coordinator/designer
  • Training and development specialist
  • Curriculum designer
  • Course editor
  • Desktop publishing, web design, or multimedia specialist
  • Information architect
  • Manager of e-learning delivery
  • Ed-tech specialist
  • Performance consultant

Your bachelor’s degree from Walden can enhance your ability to find a meaningful career in which you can truly make a difference, and it can open the door to a lifetime of career and earnings growth.

Bar graph showing job market growth since 1996.

Increase Your Earnings Potential

  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults with bachelor’s degrees earned an average of $54,689 in 2005, while those with high school diplomas earned $29,448.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, based on median weekly earnings, individuals who have bachelor’s degrees earn 62% more than those with high school diplomas, 43% more than those with some college, and 33% more than those with associate degrees. 

Bar graph showing relation of degrees and earnings.

Stay Competitive

To remain competitive in the job market of the future, a bachelor’s degree is critical as more and more individuals pursue higher education.

  • In 2003–04, about 69% of high school seniors expected to attain a bachelor’s degree or higher, with 35% of those students expecting to continue on to graduate school. In 1980, only 35% of high school students expected to attain a bachelor’s degree.
  • The number of students enrolling in college immediately after high school increased from 49% in 1972 to 67% in 2004.

(The Condition of Education 2006, U.S. Department of Education)

Reach Your Potential

Give yourself the greatest possible chance for success with a bachelor’s degree from Walden. Take this first step in your career path and prepare yourself for additional study that can lead to a master’s and then a doctoral degree.

To help you be successful in a range of careers, you’ll develop skills in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Global awareness/cultural competency
  • Social civic engagement

*Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


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