Career Outlook

Raising Educational Levels Rewards Us All

Employment growth following an advanced degree in Learning Sciences & Technologies (LST) from WPI will vary with the specialization pursued—such as teaching, administration, or software development/entrepreneur. Incentive can also be found in the elevation of both grades and understanding of students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects, and an increase in the number who then decide to pursue higher education and careers in related fields.

Computer usage and intelligent tutoring are beginning to impact educational achievement in the United States. In the software development specialization, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S.BLS) has predicted 30% growth for employment opportunities from 2010 to 2020. This rate is well above average, and mean salaries of about $90,000 were reported in 2010 for applications and system developers, when working for a software publisher or service firm. Entrepreneurial efforts and research will yield variable results in both salary and placement opportunities.

Educational administrators like middle school principals were expected by the U.S.BLS to earn a mean salary of about $87,000 in 2010, with a standard 10% industry growth rate. Middle school teachers earned a mean salary of approximately $52,000 in 2010, and growth in their numbers was about 17% at that time.

In each of these areas, the WPI theory and practice model gives graduates credibility, value in the marketplace, and experience in cognitive research.