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Working As A Curriculum Developer

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $47,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Curriculum 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 Curriculum 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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Curriculum Developer Career Paths

Curriculum Developer
Training Manager Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Training Developer Human Resources Coordinator Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Training Developer Training Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Education Consultant Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Sales Consultant Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Program Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Adjunct Faculty Chairperson
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Chairperson
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Attorney Human Resources Coordinator
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Training Manager General Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Chief Executive Officer Management Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Instructor Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Technical Trainer Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Developer 3.4 years
Training Developer 3.3 years
Course Developer 2.9 years
Curriculum Writer 2.6 years
Content Developer 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Teacher 15.6%
Instructor 12.6%
Internship 5.4%
Consultant 4.0%
Director 3.3%
Top Employers After
Instructor 11.2%
Teacher 11.0%
Consultant 5.1%
Director 3.8%
Internship 3.0%

Curriculum Developer Demographics

Gender

Female

52.4%

Male

45.0%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

80.0%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

2.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.3%

French

15.7%

Arabic

6.7%

German

6.0%

Chinese

5.8%

Mandarin

5.1%

Portuguese

5.1%

Russian

3.7%

Korean

3.2%

Italian

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Hindi

1.6%

Carrier

1.2%

Sanskrit

0.9%

Bulgarian

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Persian

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Turkish

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%
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Curriculum Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.9%

Walden University

8.5%

Capella University

7.8%

George Washington University

4.5%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Liberty University

4.5%

New York University

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.2%

Webster University

3.8%

Nova Southeastern University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

Florida State University

3.7%

Brigham Young University

3.5%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

Harvard University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.2%

Troy University

3.2%

Teachers College of Columbia University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

14.5%

Education

13.6%

Elementary Education

9.6%

Educational Leadership

7.4%

English

6.8%

Educational Technology

6.3%

Curriculum And Instruction

5.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.0%

Psychology

4.0%

Communication

3.9%

Management

3.7%

Counseling Psychology

3.0%

History

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Special Education

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Fine Arts

2.1%

Computer Science

2.1%

Nursing

2.1%

Writing

2.0%
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Degrees

Masters

40.9%

Bachelors

25.7%

Other

14.9%

Doctorate

9.8%

Certificate

4.3%

Associate

3.8%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Curriculum Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Leport Labs Educational Technology Curriculum Developer Leport Educational Institute, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 03, 2015 $105,000
Curriculum Developer Oracle America, Inc. CA Nov 23, 2015 $99,778 -
$122,014
Course/Curriculum Developer Oracle America, Inc. CA Aug 13, 2015 $90,000 -
$97,398
Technical Curriculum Developer Varian Medical Systems, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 02, 2014 $90,000 -
$145,000
SR. Developer, Curriculum Development Vmware, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 13, 2016 $89,690
SR. Developer, Curriculum Development Vmware, Inc. Irving, TX Aug 28, 2016 $89,690
Curriculum Developer Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, LLC San Diego, CA Jul 10, 2010 $80,266
Instructional Developer II Health Care Service Corporation Chicago, IL Jun 17, 2014 $77,300 -
$96,000
Curriculum Developer II Vocollect, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Aug 23, 2012 $74,778
Curriculum Developer Turingtech LLC New York, NY Sep 22, 2016 $72,500
SR. Training Curriculum Developer Clinical Info SY Seattle Children's Hospital Seattle, WA Sep 14, 2013 $71,405 -
$107,108
SR. Training Curriculum Developer-Clinical Info Systems Seattle Children's Hospital Seattle, WA Sep 14, 2016 $71,405 -
$107,108
Curriculum Developer Vocollect, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Aug 23, 2010 $71,000
Training Instructor and Curriculum Developer Avid Technology, Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 15, 2010 $67,000 -
$82,000
Math Curriculum Developer Riverwalk Education Foundation, Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 19, 2016 $57,543
Curriculum Developer Houghton Mifflin Company Boston, MA Mar 15, 2013 $57,502
Math Curriculum Developer Harmony Public Schools Houston, TX Dec 10, 2014 $57,500
Math Curriculum Developer Harmony Public Schools Pflugerville, TX Apr 08, 2015 $57,000
Biology Curriculum Developer Harmony Public Schools Pflugerville, TX Jan 07, 2015 $57,000
Instructional Developer II Health Care Service Corporation Chicago, IL Jun 17, 2011 $55,200 -
$82,000
Curriculum Developer Houghton Mifflin Company Boston, MA Mar 15, 2010 $55,000
Curriculum Developer Adaptive Learning LLC Tustin, CA Sep 24, 2016 $54,122
Physics Curriculum Developer Lisa Academy Sherwood, AR Jan 14, 2016 $49,000
ESL Coordinator and Curriculum Developer Hamadeh Educational Services Inc. Detroit, MI Aug 15, 2010 $48,250
Chemistry Curriculum Developer Riverwalk Education Foundation, Inc. Leon Valley, TX Nov 18, 2015 $48,000
Curriculum Developer Icode, LLC Dallas, TX Aug 29, 2016 $47,923
Curriculum Developer American Virtual Academy Chandler, AZ May 02, 2013 $47,000
Biology Curriculum Developer Harmony Public Schools Dallas, TX Mar 05, 2016 $47,000

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Top Skills for A Curriculum Developer

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Top Curriculum Developer Skills

  1. Classroom Instruction
  2. Online Courses
  3. Curriculum Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Delivered classroom instruction to Siemens service personnel and customers at Siemens Training Centers and customer field locations.
  • Developed and produced custom online courses using multimedia learning objects for 18 school districts.
  • Developed and monitored a work plan for curriculum development and knowledge checks.
  • Developed and distributed weekly training materials for 1200 field sales representatives.
  • Supervised remote Subject Matter Experts and revised their materials to fit seamlessly in courses.

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