Career prospects

Excellent chance of finding a job

Your chances of finding a job as an education scientist are extremely good. On average, our graduates only spend three months looking for a job, and more than 90% are employed (Studiegids 123), almost all of whom are employed at the higher professional education level or higher.


Education scientists work everywhere that people learn, and they occupy a variety of positions, such as:

  • Teaching resources developer
  • E-learning developer
  • Trainer in the non-profit and commercial sectors
  • Change management consultant
  • Education innovation policy assistant
  • Educational science researcher

The organisations where our graduates end up are extremely diverse, and include, for instance:  NCOI, CapGemini, Rabobank and CITO, as well as the Dutch Education Inspectorate, the police, vocational schools, and universities of applied sciences. 

Soon, I will be graduating, and I plan to find a job in an organisation as an educational consultant and/or project manager. Here I will focus on learning environments where I provide people with support, guidance and advice to help them reach their full potential.


Our alumni offer examples of what a job after the Master's programme in Educational Sciences might entail.

Marjolein Berends, company training programme project leader

"My main job is to review several study programmes that I am responsible for. We mainly develop company training programmes, so our participants must be able to apply all of the knowledge and skills gained immediately. I conduct analyses of what people do on the work floor, what they should be able to do, and what our training courses should add. I then base my training design on that information. I do part of the development myself, but I also call on the help of experts in the field. That involves looking at all of the preconditions: the length of the training, the testing method, the choice of the lecturer and the lesson materials that we would like to use.”

Hanneke Oosting, educational consultant at a consultancy bureau

"At the moment, I’m working as an educational consultant at an educational consultancy bureau. I work on all sorts of educational issues, especially at the management level. Most of my work is on a project basis. A client can contract me for a specific assignment. My specialisms include education concept development (integral child centre, Steve Jobs school, etc.), educational research (customer satisfaction surveys, parent consultation as part of an alternate school times project), secondary school task policy, writing subsidy applications, developing teaching materials and setting up regional mobility centres for primary education."

Suzanne Vet, internal educational consultant

"I work at the Erasmus Medical Centre as an educational consultant for the Medicine study programme. In addition to developing the study programme, I select candidates for the programme via the decentralised selection process, and I am the coordinator for the Binding Study Recommendation. In order to stay up to date on the state of research, I also participate in several working groups."

During my internship I learnt so much about how the world of education really works, how educational programmes are developed, and how dynamic the reality of education really is. I now have a much better sense of what it will be like to work in this field in the future!

Anonymous student (quote from the Curriculum Evaluations 2019)

Career development

To help you prepare for your career and familiarise yourself with the labour market the programme, the faculty and Utrecht University offers several services and activities.

You can find more information about career services on Career Services for Dutch students or Career Services for international students.