Details Report for:
25-9031.01 - Instructional Designers and Technologists
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.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Develop instructional materials and products for technology-based redesign of courses.
- Teach instructors to use instructional technology or to integrate technology with teaching.
- Adapt instructional content or delivery methods for different levels or types of learners.
- Conduct needs assessments and strategic learning assessments to develop the basis for curriculum development or to update curricula.
- Design instructional aids for stand-alone or instructor-led classroom or online use.
- Design learning products, including web-based aids or electronic performance support systems.
- Develop instruction or training roadmaps for online and blended learning programs.
- Develop master course documentation or manuals according to applicable accreditation, certification, or other requirements.
- Interview subject matter experts or conduct other research to develop instructional content.
- Present and make recommendations regarding course design, technology, and instruction delivery options.
- Provide analytical support for the design and development of training curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards.
- Provide technical advice on the use of current instructional technologies, including computer-based training, desktop videoconferencing, multimedia, and distance learning technologies.
- Provide technical support to clients in the implementation of designed instruction or in task analyses and instructional systems design.
- Recommend changes to curricula or delivery methods, based on information such as instructional effectiveness data, current or future performance requirements, feasibility, and costs.
- Recommend instructional methods, such as individual or group instruction, self-study, lectures, demonstrations, simulation exercises, and role-playing, appropriate for content and learner characteristics.
- Research and evaluate emerging instructional technologies or methods.
- Analyze performance data to determine effectiveness of instructional systems, courses, or instructional materials.
- Assess effectiveness and efficiency of instruction according to ease of instructional technology use and student learning, knowledge transfer, and satisfaction.
- Define instructional, learning, or performance objectives.
- Develop instructional materials, such as lesson plans, handouts, or examinations.
- Develop measurement tools to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction or training interventions.
- Edit instructional materials, such as books, simulation exercises, lesson plans, instructor guides, and tests.
- Observe and provide feedback on instructional techniques, presentation methods, or instructional aids.
Tools used in this occupation:
|Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital camcorders|
|Graphics tablets — Digital paper|
|Laser printers — Computer laser printers|
|Multimedia projectors — Multimedia projection equipment|
|Notebook computers — Laptop computers|
|Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment|
|Scanners — Computer data input scanners|
|Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Computer based training software — Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate; Articulate Rapid E-Learning Studio; Trivantis CourseMill; Worldwide Instructional Design System WIDS (see all 14 examples)|
|Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker; Microsoft Publisher; Performance Technology Associates DocuTools|
|Development environment software — ActionScript; Adobe Systems Adobe AIR|
|Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software; Vasont Content Management System|
|Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook|
|Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Flash; Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software; TechSmith Snagit (see all 5 examples)|
|Network conferencing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Connect; Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS; Webinar software|
|Video creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro software; Apple QuickTime; Avid Technology Pinnacle Studio; TechSmith Camtasia|
|Web page creation and editing software — Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver; IXL Learning Quia Web; Nvu *; SeaMonkey * (see all 5 examples)|
* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.
|72||Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.|
|72||Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.|
|58||Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.|
|50||Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.|
|50||Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.|
|45||Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Instructional Coordinators.
Employment data collected from Instructional Coordinators.
Industry data collected from Instructional Coordinators.
|Median wages (2012)||$28.87 hourly, $60,050 annual|
|Employment (2010)||140,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Faster than average (20% to 28%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||58,100|
|Top industries (2010)||
Educational Services (73% employed in this sector)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
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Sources of Additional Information
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- Instructional Coordinators . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.