Instructional Designer/Technologist  What They Do

Just the Facts

Develops instructional materials and products and assists in the technology-based redesign of courses. Assists faculty in learning about, becoming proficient in, and applying instructional technology.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Professional Support Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Presents and makes recommendations regarding course design, technology, and instruction delivery options.
  • Defines instructional, learning, or performance objectives.
  • Develops instructional materials and products for technology-based redesign of courses.
  • Interviews subject matter experts or conducts other research to develop instructional content.
  • Designs learning products, including web-based aids or electronic performance support systems.
  • Provides analytical support for the design and development of training curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards.
  • Designs instructional aids for stand-alone or instructor-led classroom or online use.
  • Conducts needs assessments and strategic learning assessments to develop the basis for curriculum development or to update curricula.
  • Assesses effectiveness and efficiency of instruction according to ease of instructional technology use and student learning, knowledge transfer, and satisfaction.
  • Develops instructional materials, such as lesson plans, handouts, or examinations.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • 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 --