Instructional Designers and Technologists

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About the Job

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.

It is also Called

  • Technology Integration Specialist
  • Technology Infusion Specialist
  • Team Lead, Teacher Support and Student Intervention
  • Senior Instructional Designer
  • Learning Development Specialist
  • Learning Design Specialist
  • Lead Performance Support Analyst
  • IT Senior Analyst (Instructional Technology Senior Analyst)
  • Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Instructional Technology Site Technologist
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What They Do

  • Provide technical support to clients in the implementation of designed instruction or in task analyses and instructional systems design.
  • Develop master course documentation or manuals according to applicable accreditation, certification, or other requirements.
  • Observe and provide feedback on instructional techniques, presentation methods, or instructional aids.
  • Provide technical advice on the use of current instructional technologies, including computer-based training, desktop videoconferencing, multimedia, and distance learning technologies.
  • Recommend changes to curricula or delivery methods, based on information such as instructional effectiveness data, current or future performance requirements, feasibility, and costs.
  • Teach instructors to use instructional technology or to integrate technology with teaching.
  • Edit instructional materials, such as books, simulation exercises, lesson plans, instructor guides, and tests.
  • 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.
  • Adapt instructional content or delivery methods for different levels or types of learners.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ES.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

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).

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $66,110 with most people making between $35,120 and $102,820

Outlook

0.65%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 4,600 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 4,900 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 30 openings due to growth and about 40 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.



Pennsylvania Department of Education