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Working As A Course Developer

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Course Developer Do

Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.

Duties

Training and development specialists typically do the following:

  • Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, or consultations with managers or instructors
  • Design and create training manuals, online learning modules, and course materials
  • Review training materials from a variety of vendors and choose appropriate materials
  • Deliver training to employees using a variety of instructional techniques
  • Monitor and evaluate training programs to ensure they are current and effective
  • Select and assign instructors or vendors to conduct training
  • Perform administrative tasks such as monitoring costs, scheduling classes, setting up systems and equipment, and coordinating enrollment

Training and development specialists create, administer, and deliver training programs for businesses and organizations. To do this, they must first assess the needs of an organization. Once those needs are determined, specialists develop custom training programs that take place in classrooms or training facilities. Training programs are increasingly delivered through computers, tablets, or other hand-held electronic devices.

Training and development specialists organize or deliver training sessions using lectures, group discussions, team exercises, hands-on examples, and other formats. Training can be in the form of a video, self-guided instructional manual, or online application. Training also may be collaborative, which allows employees to connect informally with experts, mentors, and colleagues, often through the use of technology.

Training and development specialists may monitor instructors, guide employees through media-based programs, or facilitate informal or collaborative learning programs.

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How To Become A Course Developer

Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree, and most need related work experience.

Education

Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree. Specialists may have a variety of education backgrounds, but many have a bachelor’s degree in training and development, human resources, education, or instructional design. Others may have a degree in business administration or a social science, such as educational or organizational psychology.

In addition, as technology continues to play a larger role in training and development, a growing number of organizations seek candidates who have a background in information technology or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Related work experience is important for most training and development specialists. Many positions require work experience in areas such as training and development or instructional design, or in related occupations, such as human resources specialists or even teachers.

Employers may prefer to hire candidates with previous work experience in the industry in which the company operates. However, some employers may hire candidates with a master’s degree in lieu of work experience. Increasingly, employers prefer candidates with experience in information technology, as organizations introduce more e-learning, mobile training, and technology-based tools.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many human resources associations offer classes to enhance the skills of their members. Some associations, including the Association for Talent Development and International Society for Performance Improvement, specialize in training and development and offer certification programs. Although not required, certification can show professional expertise and credibility. Some employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification.

Advancement

Training and development specialists may advance to training and development manager or human resources manager positions. Workers typically need several years of experience to advance. Some employers require managers to have a master’s degree in a related area.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Training and development specialists must evaluate training programs, methods, and materials, and choose those that best fit each situation.

Creativity. Specialists should be creative when developing training materials. They may need to think of and implement new approaches, such as new technology, when evaluating existing training methods.

Instructional skills. Training and development specialists often deliver training programs to employees. They use a variety of teaching techniques and sometimes must adapt their methods to meet the needs of particular groups.

Interpersonal skills. Specialists need strong interpersonal skills because delivering training programs requires collaboration with instructors, trainees, and subject-matter experts. They accomplish much of their work through teams.

Speaking skills. Speaking skills are essential for training and development specialists because they often give presentations. Specialists must communicate information clearly and facilitate learning by diverse audiences.

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Course Developer Career Paths

Course Developer
Instructional Designer Training Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Training Manager Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Project Manager
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Supervisor Human Resources Manager
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Project Manager Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Manager Operations Director
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Business Analyst Quality Assurance Manager
Call Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Program Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Adjunct Instructor Chairperson
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Curriculum Developer Senior Training Specialist
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Senior Training Specialist Director Of Training
Training Development Director
8 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Adjunct Instructor Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Senior Training Specialist
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructional Design Consultant Learning And Development Consultant Organizational Development Consultant
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructor Training Supervisor Regional Training Manager
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Developer 3.3 years
Training Developer 3.1 years
Technical Trainer 3.1 years
Course Developer 3.0 years
Course Instructor 2.3 years
Content Developer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Course Developer
Instructor 11.5%
Teacher 9.6%
Internship 6.4%
Consultant 5.2%
Manager 3.6%
Director 3.1%
Trainer 2.9%
Top Careers After Course Developer
Instructor 9.1%
Consultant 6.2%
Teacher 4.2%
Internship 4.1%
Faculty 3.5%
Manager 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$68,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Median 50%
$107,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Avnet
Highest Paying City
Oakland, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Course Developer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Course Developer in the United States is $68,658 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $107,000.

Real Course Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Course Developer Udacity, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 20, 2016 $140,000
Course Developer Udacity, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 01, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
Course Developer-Brand Advocate IV Avnet, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Feb 09, 2016 $116,709
Senior Course Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Oct 01, 2012 $113,000
Senior Course Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Oct 01, 2009 $108,802
Course Developer-Brand Advocate IV Avnet, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Aug 24, 2016 $107,653
Course Developer Udacity, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 20, 2016 $107,313
Senior Course Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Nov 18, 2016 $103,300
Course Developer Udacity, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 07, 2015 $100,000
Senior Course Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Nov 18, 2013 $100,000
Tech Course Developer 4 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2015 $98,900 -
$148,400
Technical Course Developer BMW of North America LLC Woodcliff Lake, NJ Aug 06, 2015 $96,608
Technical Course Developer BMW of North America LLC Woodcliff Lake, NJ Aug 27, 2015 $96,608
Technical Course Developer BMW of North America LLC Woodcliff Lake, NJ Jun 01, 2016 $96,608
Senior Course Developer BMW of North America LLC Woodcliff Lake, NJ Aug 05, 2014 $93,704
Senior Course Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Nov 18, 2013 $83,762
Course Developer-Modeling and Simulation The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Aug 18, 2015 $80,600
Course Developer-Modeling and Simulation The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jan 12, 2015 $80,600
Online Course Developer The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Jan 27, 2014 $78,500
Course Developer-Modeling and Simulation The Mathworks, Inc. Natick, MA Feb 11, 2013 $75,001
International Training Curriculum Course Developer American Airlines Fort Worth, TX Oct 06, 2013 $67,643
International Training Curriculum Course Developer American Airlines Fort Worth, TX Oct 01, 2011 $65,673
Course Developer Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. Redlands, CA Apr 01, 2014 $65,208

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Top Skills for A Course Developer

  1. Online Courses
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Training Programs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist in planning and developing existing online courses and curriculum in a continuing education environment.
  • Assist ECA as an independent contractor as a curriculum development subject manager expert
  • Provided consultation and services in developing and administering training programs for all fabrication/production training programs.
  • Provided creative guidance in developing course materials and ensuring usability and UX alignment to instructional design and online learning best practices.
  • Worked with engineers and other subject matter experts while developing training documentation.

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Top 10 Best States for Course Developers

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  2. Washington
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Virginia
  5. New Jersey
  6. Colorado
  7. Oregon
  8. North Carolina
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Course Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

46.8%

Female

44.4%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.2%

French

17.1%

German

5.1%

Arabic

4.3%

Mandarin

3.4%

Korean

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Hindi

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Portuguese

2.6%

Japanese

1.7%

Turkish

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Hungarian

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Marathi

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Nepali

0.9%
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Course Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.5%

Capella University

11.3%

Walden University

7.1%

Florida International University

6.7%

Webster University

5.7%

Community College of the Air Force

5.7%

Nova Southeastern University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

Arizona State University

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Brigham Young University

3.5%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

Harvard University

3.5%

Boston University

3.5%

Liberty University

3.5%

Duquesne University

3.2%

San Diego State University

2.8%

University of Missouri - Columbia

2.8%

University of Georgia

2.8%

Florida State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

16.7%

Education

12.5%

Elementary Education

6.6%

Educational Technology

6.5%

English

6.0%

Computer Science

5.4%

Psychology

5.2%

Curriculum And Instruction

4.6%

Human Resources Management

4.1%

Communication

4.0%

Educational Leadership

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Management

3.1%

Counseling Psychology

3.1%

Information Technology

2.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.9%

Writing

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Nursing

2.2%

Linguistics

2.2%
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Degrees

Masters

38.7%

Bachelors

25.5%

Doctorate

13.3%

Other

12.5%

Certificate

4.8%

Associate

4.7%

Diploma

0.5%
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