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What are the typical job responsibilities of an instructional designer?

These might include working with faculty members to create and revise/recreate courses, consulting with leading companies to develop employee training materials, leading training programs, and teaching in an ID program. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some key responsibilities of instructional designers are:

  • Develop and coordinate the implementation of curricula
  • Assess student needs and discuss the implementation of appropriate pedagogical strategies with teachers or clients
  • Review and recommend textbooks, guides, and other educational materials
  • Recommend teaching techniques and the use of various technologies
  • Plan, organize, and conduct client or employee trainings
  • Analyze student data and test scores to assess learning
  • Train teachers and other instructional staff in new content or programs
  • Mentor or coach teachers to improve their skills

What are the job prospects for someone with an ID degree?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for instructional designers is strong, with an 11 percent increase in positions expected between 2016 and 2026. The recent movement towards online teaching and training due to COVID 19 has given a tremendous boost to this field, and currently Inside HigherEd considers instructional designing to be the ‘hottest job’ in Education. 

There are multiple prospects for a graduate of ID, in terms of industry and roles. These include, but are not limited to, education, corporate, healthcare and insurance, technology, and government agencies (including National Guard, Army, NASA, Border Security and NSA) with roles involving leadership, teaching, coordinating, consulting, facilitating, and service (providing design services). Some of the popular job titles affiliated with instructional design are:

  • Chair of Department of Instructional Design
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Clinical or Tenure Tracked Professor
  • Consultant
  • Course Design Manager
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Dean of Regional Campus
  • Director of Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Director of Instructional Design Librarian
  • Director of Instructional Technology
  • Director of Learning & Performance
  • Director of Learning Design Operations
  • Director of Training & Development
  • Distance Education Specialist
  • EdTech Curriculum Developer
  • Education Program Manager
  • Employee Trainer
  • Human Performance Specialist
  • Instructional Design Coordinator
  • Instructional Technology Director
  • Learning Architect
  • Lead or Senior Instructional Designer
  • Learning Development Manager
  • Senior Researcher & Designer
  • Faculty Trainer within the Field (Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, e-learning, Adult Education, Curriculum & Instruction)
  • Technology Innovation Specialist
  • Training Manager

Last Updated 10/27/20

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