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The theory of instructional technology has been around for a couple of centuries.  It was first applied in this country on a large scale during World War II, when it became necessary to train large numbers of industrial workers quickly in order to fill the posts vacated by departing soldiers.  The technology applied in those days came in the form of manuals, diagrams and classroom sessions that reinforced the work duties as explained in uniform descriptions and documents.

Instructional technology today is more focused on the use of web-based technology to enhance the classroom experience.  Traditional colleges and universities make extensive use of the Internet for registration, delivery of instructional materials, reading lists, and lecture notes; students also submit papers and test answers over the web.  Distance learning is very much a part of the large higher education institutions today.

And instructional technology is essentially the sole instrument of delivery for online institutions.  Students may correspond with professors, but that correspondence is via email.  Creative uses of conferencing and webcam lectures; chat and interchange of comments on draft reports or papers have made the online educational experience a robust one.

Most teaching degrees require a masters’ at the elementary and high school level, and a PhD at the college level.  The masters’ requirement applies to some degree to a career in instructional technology.  There are masters’ degrees in education available with focus on school technology and on advanced classroom practices with classes in the use of audio and video, graphics and multimedia applications.

Instructional technology consulting positions and curriculum development positions at the entry level appear to have salaries ranging from $40,000 to $60,000 depending on the institution and region.

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Salaries with Instructional Technology Degrees

Average annual earnings with Instructional Technology Degrees in May 2004.

  • Lowest 10 % earned $40,000
  • Median $60,000

Related occupations with Instructional Technology Degrees:

  • Training and development specialists 216,000
  • Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists 182,000
  • Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other 166,000
  • Human resources managers 157,000
  • Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialist 99,000