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

  • Certified Performance Technologist
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Director, Educational Research and Product Strategy
  • Educational Technologist
  • Human Performance Technologist
  • Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Design Specialist
  • Instructional Design Technologist
  • Instructional Systems Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • Provide analytical support for the design and development of training curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards.
  • Design learning products, including web-based aids or electronic performance support systems.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

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 2018, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $60,370 with most people making between $30,080 and $95,980

Outlook

7.34%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 463 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 34 openings due to growth and about 45 replacement openings for approximately 79 total annual openings.



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