Educational Technology Jobs – InstructorsThis is the most basic of open positions where you will simply lead a classroom training session. This type of job usually requires a certification in the technology being taught or in some cases an instructor certification or degree is usually enough. This has more to do with how complex the information is that you will be presenting.
There are many areas of technology where you would have to be an absolute expert to teach a class. However, there are also basic courses that can be learned quickly and you can then impart your knowledge onto the classroom. If you have a teaching background, think of technologies that you have already mastered and you can use this as the jump off point to getting into this field.
Often if you search for the technology by itself, you will find information about available educational technology careers and open positions.
This same advice holds true if you have a technology background and you are now interested in teaching. However, I would recommend taking a training class on how to teach before jumping into this. There are a lot of programs that are offered by community colleges that will teach you everything you need to know to have a successful career in teaching. The good news is this often doesn’t require a four year degree and you can probably earn a certificate in just a few months.
Educational Technology Jobs – Design CurriculumThis is usually an evolution of an instructor. Once you have experience teaching a specific technology, it may make sense for you to be the person that is working on future lesson plans. Of course, you would know better than anyone what is being missed or what a waste of your student’s time is.
This is a skill that is very valuable and should not be minimized in any way. Often the difference between a great class and an OK class is what is left out, not what is put in.
Virtually every training center, college, and lesson plan company has open educational technology jobs for people that enjoy creating the curriculum. If you are interested in this type of work, your best bet may be to send off your resume to every educational institution in your area. Chances are you will get a call back whether or not they have an open position that very second.
Educational Technology Jobs – ManagementOnce you master your teaching skills and are able to design curriculum, it is probably time to move into management. This is an opportunity to do a lot of good in an entire department. Your students will learn what you teach them, you should go out of your way to make sure they are learning the right things. This is the job of a department director or manager. These types of educational technology jobs are a bit more difficult to come across as often once obtained, the individual will stay in the same position for many years.
Your best option would be to get this type of position as a promotion for a job you are already doing. The available jobs in this area are few and far between, and even when you see them advertised it is usually just a formality and the management already have someone in mind.
The bottom line is there are a lot of low level jobs in this field, but it can get a bit tougher as you move through the ranks. You should go out of your way to maintain relationships with all of the training companies and colleges in your area to make sure you are always on their short list for a new position. This will keep you aware of educational technology jobs as they come available, before the jobs even make it into the newspaper or online job board.