Educational Media Jobs: Career and Salary Facts

Learn about jobs in educational media and the duties associated with each. Additionally, find out how much education you'll need to work in these positions. Schools offering Instructional Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are My Options In Educational Media?

Educational media jobs can generally be broken into two categories. You could work directly with the technology by becoming a teacher, librarian, or educational media specialist. You could also work on the technical side as an instructional technology specialist or production editor. Both job categories help you to enrich and advance the educational system by introducing new technology to students. Professionals who implement educational media will need a high degree of knowledge with computers, with many options for specialized learning technology available for different positions, such as online library catalogs or distance-learning classrooms. Active learning is helpful for these positions, as technology is ever changing and staying up to date with the latest trends is beneficial.

Education and media degrees can be completed in four years. The degree will include general education courses as well as attending classes in education and technology. Learn more about this career below.

TeachersLibrariansTechnical Education Instructors Instructional Technology SpecialistProduction Editors
Degree Required Bachelor's degree Master's degree Bachelor's degree Bachelor's degree Bachelor's degree
Education Field of Study Education Library science Education, computers, technology Technology systems, coding English, video and audio production
Key Responsibilities Work with young people, create lessons, presentations Work with the pubic and young people, advise users of library technology Teach students proper use of technology Computer coding, monitoring all technology Checking educational programs for accuracy and editing problems
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 6% 2% 4% (all career/technical education teachers) N/A N/A
Median Salary $57,200 (HS teachers), $55,860 (MS teachers), $54,890 (Elem. teachers) (2015)* $56,880 (2015)* $56,130 (Secondary technical education instructors)* $51,519 (2017)** $45,842 (2017)**

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com

What Do Education Media Specialists Do?

As an education media specialist or librarian, you'll use technology within a library or educational system to enhance the experience of students and patrons. At a school library, technology could be used to help teach students, provide better research options, or make a library easier to use. In this position, you'll need to know how to operate media devices to be able to introduce students to the new technology and guide them as they use it.

What Do Teachers Do?

As a teacher at any academic level, you can use technology to help enhance your classroom and make teaching your students easier. If you teach special education, technology could give you more options in the way you teach and increase the quality of education for your students. Technology usually involves using media devices to deliver information to students, encouraging students to use technology or including multimedia resources as teaching aids. You could also use technology to create a distance-learning classroom and teach students over the Internet.

What Do Instructional Technology Specialists Do?

An instructional technology specialist helps to design and create educational technology. This generally includes developing new devices or software and finding ways to bring technology into the classroom. You could create videos, websites, or other multimedia products to be used by instructors or students in an educational setting. In this position, you might also create applications to be used for web conferencing or distance learning.

What Do Production Editors Do?

In a production editor position, you have the final approval of products, applications, programs, and devices created for use in an educational setting. You'll review multimedia materials, checking and correcting any accuracy, grammatical, or functional errors. You might also check computers and other devices to ensure they are free from bugs and operate properly. You'll be responsible for coordinating multiple media sources that are intended to work together, such as a book with a companion website.

What Education Do I Need?

If you already work as a teacher or librarian, you could find graduate certificate and degree programs in educational media and technology that could help you enhance your current position. Programs in instructional technology could be helpful if you're considering a career as an instructional technology specialist or production editor. If you're not currently working in the field of education, you might need to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in education or library science, which could offer a concentration in educational media and technology.

To work as a librarian or teacher, you'll generally need some form of licensure or certification regulated by the state. Though states set their own requirements and guidelines for licensing and certification, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicated that most states require certification for librarians and all states require licensure for public school teachers (www.bls.gov). If you work at a private school or at the post-secondary level, you usually don't need a teaching license.

How Much Can I Earn?

Since there are so many different career options within the field of educational media, your earnings can vary greatly. As of May 2015, the BLS reported librarians earned a median annual wage of $56,880 with the majority working in elementary and high schools or local public libraries. The BLS listed salaries for K-12 teachers during that time period ranged from $54,510-$60,440, depending on the grade they taught or their level of technical education. The median salary for postsecondary teachers was $72,470, per the BLS.

PayScale.com reported that the middle 80% of instructional technology specialists earned $38,474-$73,831 as of January 2017. The salary website further posted the salary range for textbook production editors in the 10th-90th percentile at $34,042-$61,822 during the same time period.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers work with adults, helping them to learn new skills and catch up on K-12 education they did not complete to earn a diploma, often with the help of educational media and technology. They require a bachelor's degree. Instructional coordinators develop the curricula and teaching standards for a school, implementing new materials into classrooms as needed. School principals oversee the daily school operations, directing teachers and learning to cultivate an effective educational environment. Both of these careers will require a master's degree.

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