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Instructional Designers and Technologists
SOC Code: 25-9031.01

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Chief Technology Officer; Director, Educational Research and Product Strategy; Instructional Designer; Instructional Technologist; IT Senior Analyst (Instructional Technology Senior Analyst); Lead Performance Support Analyst; Learning Development Specialist; Senior Instructional Designer; Team Lead, Teacher Support and Student Intervention

Tasks

  • Present and make recommendations regarding course design, technology, and instruction delivery options.
  • Define instructional, learning, or performance objectives.
  • Develop instructional materials and products for technology-based redesign of courses.
  • Design learning products, including web-based aids or electronic performance support systems.
  • Provide analytical support for the design and development of training curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards.
  • Interview subject matter experts or conduct other research to develop instructional content.
  • Design instructional aids for stand-alone or instructor-led classroom or online use.
  • Conduct needs assessments and strategic learning assessments to develop the basis for curriculum development or to update curricula.
  • Assess effectiveness and efficiency of instruction according to ease of instructional technology use and student learning, knowledge transfer, and satisfaction.
  • Develop instructional materials, such as lesson plans, handouts, or examinations.
  • Develop instruction or training roadmaps for online and blended learning programs.
  • Develop measurement tools to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction or training interventions.
  • Analyze performance data to determine effectiveness of instructional systems, courses, or instructional materials.
  • Adapt instructional content or delivery methods for different levels or types of learners.
  • Research and evaluate emerging instructional technologies or methods.
  • Recommend instructional methods, such as individual or group instruction, self-study, lectures, demonstrations, simulation exercises, and role-playing, appropriate for content and learner characteristics.
  • Edit instructional materials, such as books, simulation exercises, lesson plans, instructor guides, and tests.
  • Teach instructors to use instructional technology or to integrate technology with teaching.
  • Recommend changes to curricula or delivery methods, based on information such as instructional effectiveness data, current or future performance requirements, feasibility, and costs.
  • Provide technical advice on the use of current instructional technologies, including computer-based training, desktop videoconferencing, multimedia, and distance learning technologies.
  • Observe and provide feedback on instructional techniques, presentation methods, or instructional aids.
  • Develop master course documentation or manuals according to applicable accreditation, certification, or other requirements.
  • Provide technical support to clients in the implementation of designed instruction or in task analyses and instructional systems design.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - SAS
  • Computer aided design CAD software - PTC Creo Parametric
  • Computer based training software - Blackboard Learn; Moodle; Trivantis CourseMill; Worldwide Instructional Design System WIDS (see all 14 examples)
  • Data base user interface and query software - Blackboard ; Microsoft Access
  • Desktop publishing software - Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker; Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign ; Microsoft Publisher; Performance Technology Associates DocuTools
  • Development environment software - Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript; Adobe Systems Adobe AIR
  • Document management software - Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat ; Vasont Content Management System
  • Electronic mail software - Email software; Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise application integration software - Extensible markup language XML
  • Graphical user interface development software - Adobe Systems Adobe RoboHelp
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop ; Microsoft Visio ; TechSmith Snagit (see all 7 examples)
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Medical software - Epic Systems
  • Music or sound editing software - Audacity; Sony Sound Forge
  • Network conferencing software - Adobe Systems Adobe Connect; Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS; Webinar software
  • Object or component oriented development software - Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Adobe Systems Adobe Presenter; Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - etouches; Microsoft Project
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Video creation and editing software - Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects ; Apple Final Cut Pro ; Avid Technology Pinnacle Studio; TechSmith Camtasia (see all 6 examples)
  • Web page creation and editing software - Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver ; IXL Learning Quia Web; Nvu; SeaMonkey (see all 5 examples)
  • Web platform development software - Cascading Style Sheets CSS ; Dynamic hypertext markup language DHTML; Hypertext markup language HTML ; JavaScript (see all 6 examples)
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Digital camcorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Graphics tablets - Digital paper
  • Laser printers - Computer laser printers
  • Multimedia projectors - Multimedia projection equipment
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers - Photocopying equipment
  • Scanners - Computer data input scanners
  • Special purpose telephones - Multi-line telephone systems

Knowledge

  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Abilities

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Interests

  • Interest code: ES
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 65% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone - 61% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 57% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 70% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 52% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 52% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 50% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Time Pressure - 57% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 41% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Contact With Others - 48% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 39% responded “Important.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 41% responded “Important results.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 32% responded “Every day.”
  • Letters and Memos - 39% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 45% responded “About half the time.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 43% responded “Important.”
  • Level of Competition - 43% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 35% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 43% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
65%Master's degree
26%Bachelor's degree
4%High school diploma or equivalent

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • 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.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • 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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $30.65 hourly, $63,750 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 163,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 16,900

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