Educational TechnologistJob Description:
Educational technologists integrate technology into educational practices by designing digital learning tools, apps, and platforms to enhance curriculum delivery.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- collect, set up and check equipment for practical lessons
- make sure rooms and resources meet health and safety rules
- support teachers and students during lessons
- put away equipment after lessons
- manage equipment, supplies and budgets
- repair, maintain and modify equipment and teaching aids
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- knowledge of media production and communication
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
To become an Education Technician, specific GCSE (or equivalent) subjects are not typically required. However, having a strong educational foundation in certain subjects can be beneficial for developing the skills and knowledge necessary for this career. While specific subjects are not mandatory, here are some subjects and skills that can be helpful:
- English Language: Effective communication skills, including written and verbal communication, are important for creating instructional materials and communicating with educators and students.
- Mathematics: Basic mathematical skills are valuable for tasks such as data analysis, creating educational resources, and assisting with instructional technology.
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Proficiency in using computer software and educational technology tools is essential for Education Technicians.
- Science (optional): Knowledge of science subjects can be beneficial if you assist in science education or laboratories.
- Design and Technology (optional): Courses related to design and technology can be helpful for creating educational materials and assisting with technology-based projects.
- Psychology (optional): Courses in psychology can provide insights into learning and behavior, which can be useful when supporting students and educators.
- Foreign Languages (optional): Proficiency in foreign languages can be valuable if you work in diverse educational environments or with English language learners.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can do a college course to improve your chances of finding work. The exact course you do will depend on which subject area you want to work in as a technician.
- A levels in your chosen subject area
- Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science
- Level 3 Diploma in Information Technology
- Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design
You could also do a Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools or a Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
Some education technicians have a higher national diploma, foundation degree or degree in their specialist area. You might need this if you want to work in higher education.
You might be able to get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship in a specialist role, like a lab technician or IT solution technician.
If you want to work in a university, you could do a higher education technician advanced apprenticeship.
You can apply directly for education technician jobs if you’ve got the right skills and experience.
For science roles, it might be useful if you have worked in a scientific or technical setting like a lab.
You might be able to get a fixed-term technician role to get experience of working in a classroom before moving on to teacher training.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typically you could work 40 to 42 hours a week, occasionally including evenings or weekends.
You could work at a college, at a school or at a university.
Your working environment may be physically demanding.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience you could become a senior technician, team leader technician, laboratory or studio manager.
You could also work as a teaching assistant or train to be a teacher.