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Instructional Media Design

5,639 Master's Degrees Annually
199 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#36 in Popularity (Master's)
$52,270 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Instructional Media Design Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many instructional media design graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 5,656
Graduate Certificate 935
Doctor’s Degree 199

What Instructional Media Design Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to instructional media were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Instructional Media Majors

Instructional Media majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills for Instructional Media Majors

instructional media majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Instructional Media Majors

A major in instructional media will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Instructional Media Design Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with instructional media:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists 8.8% $49,600
Instructional Coordinators 10.5% $64,450
Instructional Designers and Technologists 10.5% $64,450

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Instructional Media Design?

5,656 Master's Degrees Annually
73% Percent Women
21% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Instructional Media Design runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #36 out of all the graduate majors we track. In 2019, about 5,639 graduates completed their master’s degree in this field. This major is dominated by women with about 73% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of instructional media majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Instructional Media Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 163
Black or African American 433
Hispanic or Latino 448
White 3,930
International Students 240
Other Races/Ethnicities 442

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Instructional Media, too. About 4.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Instructional Media Design Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of instructional media design students with a master’s degree is $49,600 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $47,300 (25th percentile) and $55,300 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a instructional media degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $52,270 to $67,490 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to instructional media. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with instructional media may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to instructional media have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 1.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.9%
Some College Courses 4.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 28.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.5%
Master’s Degree 47.9%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 4.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.7%
Doctoral Degree 4.9%

Online Instructional Media Design Programs

In 2018-2019, 322 schools offered a instructional media program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 22 6
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 1
Associate’s Degree 6 0
Bachelor’s Degree 111 67
Post-Baccalaureate 22 6
Master’s Degree 256 169
Post-Master’s 32 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 36 13
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Instructional Media Design Worth It?

The median salary for a instructional media grad is $52,270 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 31% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $247,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to instructional media.

Major Number of Grads
Teacher Education Grade Specific 100,925
Educational Administration 44,381
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43,516
General Education 31,066
Special Education 30,639
Curriculum & Instruction 18,767
Student Counseling 13,679
Other Education 5,503
Teaching English or French 5,407
Multilingual Education 1,636
Teaching Assistants 1,591
Educational Assessment 1,532
Education Philosophy 634
International Education 400

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