Instructional Designers

Instructional Designer Trains Teachers

Instructional designers design, develop, and deliver instructional materials and courses for colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, companies, nonprofits, government agencies, and other employers. They have a wide range of skills, including those in pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching), information technology, and digital design.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Academic Developers, Instructional Technologists, Online Learning Consultants
Duties Design, develop, and deliver instructional materials and courses; provide training and support to teachers and trainers using their materials; ensure that all materials meet accessibility standards; analyze educator feedback to improve materials
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • English
  • Psychology
Experience Two to three years of related experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing/Design
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Background check for some employers
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consultant or College Professor
  • Manager
  • Instructional Designer
  • Teacher or Digital Designer

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