Employment Opportunities

Career opportunities for Instructional Psychology and Technology graduates occur in a wide variety of professional fields. Alumni have accepted positions in the following areas: colleges and universities, public schools, Missionary Training Center, LDS Church Educational System, consulting, business and industry, and many others. Many current students also work full-time as professionals. They are listed on the Student Professionals page.

Below are several jobs in different fields in which past graduates are currently working, along with a link to a more detailed job description, an outline of basic duties, the average salary range for that job, and links to alumni working in that field.

You may also want to check the 1998-99 Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor for projected need.

College/University Faculty

Basic Duties: 
Teach undergraduate and graduate courses
Assist graduate students
Conduct research 
 

Salary Range: 
$20,000 - $85,000 
 

Alumni/Students Working in this Field: 
Kari Arnoldsen–Snow College
Rob Boody–University of Northern Iowa
Quinghai Chen–University of Michigan
Bruce Harris–Western Illinois University
Hazel McKenna–UVSC
Tim Newby–Purdue University
Stephen Ott–Ricks College
Lori Palmer–UVSC
Pam Reynolds–University of Alaska
Marilyn Ward–Western Illinois University
Beverly Zimmerman–Brigham Young University

Instructional Developer/Designer

Basic Duties: 
Develop instructional materials
Design, develop, and evaluate training materials
Conduct needs and task analyses
Supervise audio/video/graphics production 
 

Beginning Salary Range: 
$40,000-60,000
 

Alumni/Students Working in this Field: 
Scott Howell–BYU Independent Study
James Marshall–American Stores
Paul Miller–Novell
Matt Mishou–MTC
Lori Palmer–UVSC
Tim Smith–USU
Roger Webb–MTC
Todd Zaitzeff–Arthur Andersen

Multimedia Developer

Basic Duties: 
Develop interactive multimedia CBT
Troubleshoot computer-based instructional materials
Develop instruction from task analysis through summative evaluation 
 

Beginning Salary Range: 
$50,000-$85,000
 

Alumni/Students Working in this Field: 
David Carter–Eastman Chemical Co.
Lary Cullimore–Due North Multimedia
Bret Elzinga–MTC
Ty Johnson–Allen Communication
Todd Stubbs–Instructional Technology Center
Don Whitnah–Training Services International

Director of Development

Basic Duties: 
Supervise design and development staff
Oversee the development of print, audiovisual, and multimedia instructional materials 
 

Salary Range: 
$50,000 - $100,000 
 

Alumni Working in this Field: 
Melanie Arntsen–Arthur Andersen
Tracy Watson–MTC
Dennis Wilkins–Novell

Director of Training

Basic Duties: 
Assess staff educational needs, develop training materials
Manage and organize training department
Evaluate training programs 
 

Salary Range: 
$50,000 - $200,000 
 

Alumni/Students Working in this Field: 
Chris Randall--MTC
Bret Vincent--Citibank

Psychometrician

Job Description 
 

Basic Duties: Help high-tech clients develop certification exams. This includes: 
Task Analysis 
Objective Development 
Blueprint Survey Development 
Item Writing Training 
Psychometric and Congruence Reviews 
Test Statistical Analysis 
Cut Score Setting 
 

Salary Range: 
$35,000 - $80,000 
 

Alumni Working in this Field: 
Gerald Griph–Chauncey Group International
Paul Jones–Chauncey Group International
Kim Thane–Chauncey Group International

Research and Evaluation

Basic Duties: 
Study and evaluate programs related to educational change and improvement
Study the use, impact, and dissemination of emerging technologies on professional development/training and student learning at local, regional, and statewide levels. 
 

Beginning Salary Range: 
M.S. $25,000 - $36,000
Ph.D. $32,000 - $80,000 
 

Alumni Working in this Field: 
Mark Hawkes–North Central Regional Education Laboratory

President of a Research Firm

Basic Duties:
Oversee research and evaluation activities 
 

Salary Range: 
$50,000 - $75,000 
 

Alumni Working in this Field: 
David Salisbury–The Sutherland Institute

Independent Consultant

Basic Duties
Consult with firms about training problems 
Help design and produce instructional materials 
Conduct research, evaluate products and programs 
 

Salary Range: 
$65,000 - $90,000 
 

Alumni Working in this Field: 
Conrad Gottfredson–The Gottfredson Group
Trudy Kowallis–Learning Connections
Ron Guymon–Larsen-Davis Inc.