Instructional Designers and Technologists
SOC: 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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
151,100 employed

Projected (2024):
161,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Certified Performance Technologist
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Director, Educational Research and Product Strategy
  • Educational Technologist
  • Human Performance Technologist
  • Instructional Design Specialist
  • Instructional Design Technologist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Systems Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Instructional Technology Coordinator
  • Instructional Technology Facilitator
  • Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
  • Instructional Technology Site Technologist
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • IT Senior Analyst (Instructional Technology Senior Analyst)
  • Lead Performance Support Analyst
  • Learning Design Specialist
  • Learning Development Specialist
  • Senior Instructional Designer
  • Team Lead, Teacher Support and Student Intervention
  • Technology Infusion Specialist
  • Technology Integration Specialist

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital camcorders
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital paper
  • Laptop computers
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Multimedia projection equipment
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AIR
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Connect
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe eLearning Suite
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Presenter
  • Adobe Systems Adobe RoboHelp
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple QuickTime
  • Articulate Rapid E-Learning Studio
  • Audacity
  • Avid Technology Pinnacle Studio
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Blackboard software
  • Cascading Style Sheets CSS
  • Cornerstone OnDemand Cornerstone Learning
  • Desire2Learn Learning Suite
  • Email software
  • Epic Systems software
  • etouches
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
  • IXL Learning Quia Web
  • JavaScript
  • Learning Technology Research Institute GLO Maker
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office FrontPage
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Moodle
  • Nvu
  • Performance Technology Associates DocuTools
  • Practical extraction and reporting language Perl
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • SAS software
  • SeaMonkey
  • SoftChalk LessonBuilder
  • Sony Sound Forge
  • Suddenly Smart SmartBuilder
  • SumTotal Systems ToolBook
  • TechSmith Camtasia
  • TechSmith Snagit
  • Trivantis CourseMill
  • Trivantis Lectora
  • Vasont Content Management System
  • Web browser software
  • Webinar software
  • Worldwide Instructional Design System WIDS

  • education training and library

    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000