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Life As an Instructional Designer or Technologist

Position Description Develop instructional materials and products and assist in the technology-based redesign of courses. Assist faculty in learning about, becoming proficient in, and applying instructional technology.

What Do Instructional Designers and Technologists Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Develop instruction or training roadmaps for online and blended learning programs.
  • Teach instructors to use instructional technology or to integrate technology with teaching.
  • Develop instructional materials, such as lesson plans, handouts, or examinations.
  • Provide analytical support for the design and development of training curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards.
  • Develop instructional materials and products for technology-based redesign of courses.
  • Interview subject matter experts or conduct other research to develop instructional content.

What an Instructional Designer or Technologist Should Know

These are the skills Instructional Designers and Technologists say are the most useful in their careers:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Types of Instructional Designer or Technologist

  • Learning Development Specialist
  • Senior Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Technology Coordinator
  • Education Specialist
  • Learning Consultant

Job Outlook for Instructional Designers and Technologists

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 163,200 jobs in the United States for Instructional Designer or Technologist. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10.5% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 17,200 new jobs for Instructional Designer or Technologist by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 16,900 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Instructional Designer or Technologist are Utah, Nevada, and Washington. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Wyoming, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Instructional Designers and Technologists Salary

The average yearly salary of an Instructional Designer or Technologist ranges between $36,360 and $102,200.

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Instructional Designers and Technologists who work in Connecticut, District of Columbia, or California, make the highest salaries.

How much do Instructional Designers and Technologists make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $72,270
Alaska $69,130
Arizona $52,310
Arkansas $58,380
California $80,860
Colorado $67,520
Connecticut $92,330
Delaware $67,640
District of Columbia $93,400
Florida $52,900
Georgia $66,820
Hawaii $68,880
Idaho $53,390
Illinois $67,540
Indiana $62,760
Iowa $69,450
Kansas $57,320
Kentucky $60,530
Louisiana $51,200
Maine $63,250
Maryland $73,430
Massachusetts $76,270
Michigan $66,750
Minnesota $69,070
Mississippi $58,730
Missouri $59,400
Montana $54,430
Nebraska $64,870
Nevada $65,740
New Hampshire $62,800
New Jersey $75,980
New Mexico $60,740
New York $71,440
North Carolina $56,480
North Dakota $63,030
Ohio $64,680
Oklahoma $55,800
Oregon $78,200
Pennsylvania $67,890
Rhode Island $59,090
South Carolina $58,040
South Dakota $62,150
Tennessee $56,220
Texas $66,060
Utah $57,530
Vermont $59,440
Virginia $75,710
Washington $68,480
West Virginia $55,880
Wisconsin $65,270
Wyoming $67,300

Tools & Technologies Used by Instructional Designers and Technologists

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Instructional Designers and Technologists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • JavaScript
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Project
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • SAS
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

How do I Become an Instructional Designer or Technologist?

Are there Instructional Designers and Technologists education requirements?

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How Long Does it Take to Become an Instructional Designer or Technologist?

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Where do Instructional Designers and Technologists Work?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Instructional Designers and Technologists employed by various industries.

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