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Working As An Instructional Designer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Instructional Designer Do

Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.

Duties

Instructional coordinators typically do the following:

  • Develop and coordinate implementation of curriculum
  • Plan, organize, and conduct teacher training conferences or workshops
  • Analyze student test data
  • Assess and discuss implementation of curriculum standards with school staff
  • Review and recommend textbooks and other educational materials
  • Recommend teaching techniques and the use of different or new technologies
  • Develop procedures for teachers to implement curriculum
  • Train teachers and other instructional staff in new content or programs
  • Mentor or coach teachers to improve their skills

Instructional coordinators evaluate the effectiveness of curriculums and teaching techniques established by school boards, states, or federal regulations. They may observe teachers in the classroom, review student test data, and interview school staff and principals about curriculums. Based on their research, they may recommend changes in curriculums to school boards. They may also recommend that teachers use different teaching techniques.

Instructional coordinators may plan and conduct training for teachers related to teaching methods or the use of technology. For example, when a school district introduces new learning standards, instructional coordinators explain the new standards to teachers and demonstrate effective teaching methods to achieve them.

Instructional coordinators, also known as curriculum specialists, instructional coaches, or assistant superintendents of instruction, may specialize in particular grade levels or specific subjects. Those in elementary and secondary schools may also focus on special education or English as a second language programs.

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How To Become An Instructional Designer

Instructional coordinators need a master’s degree and related work experience, such as teaching or school administration. Coordinators in public schools may be required to have a state-issued license.

Education

Most employers, particularly public schools, require instructional coordinators to have a master’s degree in education or curriculum and instruction. Some instructional coordinators have a degree in the field they plan to specialize in, such as math or history.

Master’s degree programs in curriculum and instruction teach about curriculum design, instructional theory, and collecting and analyzing data. To enter these programs, candidates usually need a bachelor’s degree in teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Instructional coordinators in public schools may be required to have a license, such as a teaching license or an education administrator license. For information about teaching licenses, see the profile on high school teachers. For information about education administrator licenses, see the profile on elementary, middle, and high school principals. Check with your state’s Board of Education for specific license requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most instructional coordinators need several years of related work experience. Experience working as a teacher or as a principal is helpful. For some positions, experience teaching a specific subject or grade level may be required.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Instructional coordinators examine student test data and evaluate teaching strategies. Based on their analysis, coordinators recommend improvements in curriculums and teaching.

Communication skills. Instructional coordinators need to clearly explain changes in the curriculum and teaching standards to teachers, principals, and school staff.

Decisionmaking skills. Instructional coordinators must be able to make sound decisions when recommending changes to curriculums, teaching methods, and textbooks.

Interpersonal skills. Instructional coordinators need to be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with teachers, principals, and other administrators.

Leadership skills. Instructional coordinators serve as mentors to teachers. They train teachers in developing useful and effective teaching techniques.

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Instructional Designer Career Paths

Instructional Designer
Manager, Learning & Development Director Of Human Resources Executive Vice President
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Instructional Designer Project Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Director, Learning And Development
Chief Learning Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer And Editor Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Program Director Development Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Assistant Director Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Instructional Design Consultant Senior Instructional Designer
E-Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Program/Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Business Development Manager Marketing Consultant
Senior Marketing Consultant
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Service Advisor
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Instructional Systems Designer Training Manager Senior Consultant
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Course Developer 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Instructional Designer
Teacher 7.6%
Instructor 7.4%
Trainer 4.0%
Internship 3.9%
Consultant 3.5%
Top Careers After Instructional Designer
Instructor 4.5%
Consultant 4.3%

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Instructional Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

57.4%

Male

39.9%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.9%

French

11.0%

Mandarin

4.8%

Chinese

4.8%

Italian

4.4%

Japanese

4.4%

Arabic

4.4%

Korean

4.0%

German

3.5%

Russian

3.1%

Greek

2.6%

Portuguese

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Malay

1.3%

Bulgarian

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Hindi

0.9%

Dakota

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%
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Instructional Designer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.1%

Capella University

8.7%

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

8.6%

Walden University

6.3%

Arizona State University

5.6%

University of Central Florida

5.2%

Florida State University

5.1%

Utah State University

4.4%

San Diego State University

4.1%

George Mason University

4.0%

Boise State University

3.9%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.6%

University of Washington

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.4%

Georgia State University

3.4%

Nova Southeastern University

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.3%
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Majors

Educational Technology

20.7%

Business

10.1%

Education

10.0%

Curriculum And Instruction

9.1%

Elementary Education

6.3%

Graphic Design

5.4%

English

5.4%

Communication

4.1%

Human Resources Management

3.2%

Fine Arts

3.1%

Educational Leadership

2.9%

Psychology

2.6%

Counseling Psychology

2.5%

Computer Science

2.5%

Writing

2.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.4%

Management

2.0%

Public Relations

1.8%

Drafting And Design

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

48.8%

Bachelors

25.4%

Other

10.6%

Doctorate

6.5%

Certificate

5.2%

Associate

3.2%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.2%
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Real Instructional Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructional Designer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 21, 2016 $157,571 -
$162,571
Instructor, Fashion Design Stephens Institute San Francisco, CA Aug 09, 2015 $135,000
Instructional Designer Populus Group LLC Tempe, AZ Apr 25, 2016 $125,220
Instructional Designer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 16, 2016 $124,000
Instructional Designer M&R Consultants Corporation Rockville, MD Sep 25, 2015 $100,000
Instructional Designer M&R Consultants Corporation Rockville, MD Jan 23, 2015 $99,133
Instructor, Fashion Design Stephens Institute San Francisco, CA May 13, 2015 $95,000
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC Medford, NJ Feb 25, 2015 $93,750
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales and Marketing Marlton, NJ Apr 28, 2016 $93,750
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC Marlton, NJ Oct 30, 2016 $93,750
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales and Marketing Marlton, NJ Jul 22, 2016 $93,750
Instructional Designer The FAB Foundation Cambridge, MA Apr 09, 2016 $90,000
Instructional Designer The FAB Foundation Cambridge, MA May 01, 2015 $90,000
Instructional Designer Ellucian Company LP Malvern, PA Oct 15, 2015 $72,406
Instructional Designer The University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA Nov 15, 2015 $71,500
Instructional Designer Montclair State University Montclair, NJ Mar 01, 2015 $71,270
Instructional Designer The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Sep 02, 2015 $71,050
Instructional Designer Tata Industries Ltd. Edison, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $70,034
Instructional Designer Tata Interactive Systems Edison, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $70,000
Instructional Designer George Mason University Fairfax, VA Oct 15, 2015 $69,722
Instructional Technology Designer Bellevue School District No. 405 Bellevue, WA Aug 13, 2015 $68,462
Instructor, Graphic Design Newton International College Garden Grove, CA Jul 25, 2016 $60,650
Instructional Designer University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA May 11, 2016 $60,278
Instructional Designer Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Aug 15, 2016 $60,232
Instructional Designer Seattle Central College Seattle, WA May 10, 2015 $60,000
Instructional Designer 2 Florida International University Miami, FL Apr 06, 2015 $60,000
Instructional Design Librarian, Assistant Professor Kent State University Kent, OH Jan 26, 2016 $58,220
Instructional Designer University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA Mar 28, 2016 $58,143
Instructional Designer University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR Apr 11, 2015 $58,100

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR An Instructional Designer

Average Yearly Salary
$60,000
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$45,000
Min 10%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Median 50%
$81,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Yakima, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does an Instructional Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Instructional Designer in the United States is $60,772 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $81,000.

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Top Skills for An Instructional Designer

  1. Online
  2. Training Programs
  3. Curriculum Development
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  • Assisted Dover Business College in obtaining accreditation for its online program.
  • Design and develop custom business process and systems training programs including instructor-led and e-learning courses.
  • Assist faculty, departments and other college staff in the planning and implementation of instructional technology related to curriculum development.
  • Maintain advisory/consultative relationships with project stakeholders and subject matter experts to identify training needs and performance gaps within the organization.
  • Utilized expertise in course design to provide technical and instructional design support to university-wide blended/online initiatives.

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