What does an Instructional Designer do?

As an Instructional Designer you will create learning environments and experiences. Perform analysis to perform the requirements and specifications. You may be asked to enable learning by creating supportive environments which includes online community management, promoting collaboration and discussion through social media technologies and teaching experts how to generate and share your own content.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree in educational technology or a related field and hold a state educator or administrator's license. You will have a minimum of 3 years using course authoring tools and proficiency with various LMS systems and experience teaching K-12. You will have excellent written and oral communication skills and an understanding of varied learning styles. You must have familiarity with website design, video technology and editing and knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods.

  • Develop and edit online learning material and content
  • Assess learning needs
  • Analyze existing instructional material
  • Develop and design online material and assessment tools
  • Oversee implementation of online learning programs
  • Train educators and students to use online learning system
  • Troubleshoot technical problems via reported user issues
  • Maintain currency in the field of online learning
  • Master's degree in educational technology or related field, preferred
  • State Educator or Administrator license, preferred
  • 3+ years of experience using course authoring tools
  • Proficiency with Blackboard, Canvas, Camtasia, Captivate, Moodle or proprietary LMS
  • Experience teaching K-12
  • Familiar with website design, video technology and editing
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Understanding of varied learning styles
  • Knowledge of assessment and evaluation methods
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Instructional Designer Salaries

Average Base Pay

€46,569 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: €47K
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Instructional Designer Career Path

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University of California BerkeleyUniversity of California Berkeley
Curriculum Developer
27 Jan 2021

“With UCB I get the chance to work with many great individuals with similar career goals.”

University of Southern CaliforniaUniversity of Southern California
Senior Instructional Designer
20 Jun 2021

“Great and respectable people to work with.”

Origin Learning SolutionsOrigin Learning Solutions
Associate Instructional Designer
3 Dec 2020

“Good people and fun to work with.”

LanguageLine SolutionsLanguageLine Solutions
Instructional Designer
15 Sep 2021

“I enjoy the people I get to work with and knowing I am helping my community in bridging communication.”

Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
ELearning Developer
26 Jun 2021

“Low pay for your experience if you start your career and be there for years”

Rockingham Community CollegeRockingham Community College
Instructional Designer
1 Jul 2021

“great educational and career programs”

Instructional Designer
17 Aug 2020

“Lack of promotion and career progress”

Instructional Designer
21 Apr 2021

“And the compensation is good.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an instructional designer

When working as an instructional designer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Camtasia, Epic Certification, Articulate Storyline and Deliverables.

The most similar professions to instructional designer are:
  • Product Designer
  • Design Manager
  • Creative Manager
  • Designer

The most common qualifications to become an instructional designer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.