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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

  • $65,000

    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
Training Manager Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Project Manager Development Manager
Senior Development Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Supervisor Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Assistant Director Director Of Training
Training Development Director
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Platoon Sergeant Senior Training Specialist
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Developer Project Leader Project Management Lead
Change Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Developer Administrator Assistant Principal
Curriculum Director
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Development Manager Senior Sales Manager
Director Of Sales Training
9 Yearsyrs
Developer Developer/Consultant Senior Training Specialist
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Marketing Manager Marketing Program Manager
Sales Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Editor Senior Technical Writer
Knowledge Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Director Of Human Resources Director, Learning And Development
Chief Learning Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Adjunct Professor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Course Developer 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Instructional Designer
Instructor 7.3%
Teacher 7.2%
Trainer 3.8%
Consultant 3.4%
Internship 3.4%
Top Careers After Instructional Designer
Instructor 4.6%
Consultant 4.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
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$45,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does an Instructional Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Instructional Designer in the United States is $65,727 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $95,000.

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Real Instructional Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructional Designer Apple Inc. Dec 21, 2016 $157,571 -
$162,571
Instructor, Fashion Design Stephens Institute Aug 09, 2015 $135,000
Instructional Designer Populus Group LLC Apr 25, 2016 $125,220
Instructional Designer Google Inc. May 16, 2016 $124,000
Instructional Designer M&R Consultants Corporation Sep 25, 2015 $100,000
Instructional Designer M&R Consultants Corporation Jan 23, 2015 $99,133
Instructor, Fashion Design Stephens Institute May 13, 2015 $95,000
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC Feb 25, 2015 $93,750
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales and Marketing Apr 28, 2016 $93,750
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC Oct 30, 2016 $93,750
Instructional Designer Advantage Sales and Marketing Jul 22, 2016 $93,750
Instructional Designer The FAB Foundation Apr 09, 2016 $90,000
Instructional Designer The FAB Foundation May 01, 2015 $90,000
Instructional Designer Ellucian Company LP Oct 15, 2015 $72,406
Instructional Designer The University of Southern California Nov 15, 2015 $71,500
Instructional Designer Montclair State University Mar 01, 2015 $71,270
Instructional Designer The Johns Hopkins University Sep 02, 2015 $71,050
Instructional Designer Tata Industries Ltd. Jan 08, 2016 $70,034
Instructional Designer Tata Interactive Systems Jan 09, 2016 $70,000
Instructional Designer George Mason University Oct 15, 2015 $69,722
Instructional Technology Designer Bellevue School District No. 405 Aug 13, 2015 $68,462
Instructional Designer University of North Texas Health Science Center Jun 27, 2015 $61,308
Instructor, Graphic Design Newton International College Jul 25, 2016 $60,650
Instructional Designer University of Massachusetts Boston May 11, 2016 $60,278
Instructional Designer Purdue University Aug 15, 2016 $60,232
Instructional Designer Seattle Central College May 10, 2015 $60,000
Instructional Designer 2 Florida International University Apr 06, 2015 $60,000
Instructional Design Librarian, Assistant Professor Kent State University Jan 26, 2016 $58,220
Instructional Designer University of Massachusetts Boston Mar 28, 2016 $58,143

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Top Skills for An Instructional Designer

  1. Training Programs
  2. Online Courses
  3. Subject Matter
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Design, deliver and implement department training programs on instructional development systems and specific programs for new staff and campus representatives.
  • Collaborate with project teams and faculty members to determine instructional design and technical requirements for online courses and/or tutorials.
  • Worked with contractor/partners to determine learning activities and collaborated with subject matter experts to perform task analyses required for optimum training.
  • Leverage technology to execute instructional design projects, presentations, or administrative management services for small business owners and community organizations.
  • Ensured course effectiveness, usability, and end-user appeal and accessibility of course / course materials while meeting curriculum requirements.

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Top 10 Best States for Instructional Designers

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  2. Nevada
  3. California
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Connecticut
  6. Virginia
  7. Delaware
  8. District of Columbia
  9. Iowa
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Instructional Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

55.4%

Male

40.3%

Unknown

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.3%

French

12.1%

Italian

5.2%

German

4.5%

Mandarin

4.2%

Chinese

4.2%

Japanese

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%

Korean

3.5%

Russian

3.1%

Portuguese

2.8%

Greek

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Swedish

1.0%

Malay

1.0%

Bulgarian

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Hindi

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%

Dakota

0.7%
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Instructional Designer Education

Schools

Capella University

10.9%

Walden University

10.2%

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

9.3%

Arizona State University

6.4%

Purdue University

5.5%

University of Central Florida

5.4%

George Mason University

4.7%

San Diego State University

4.3%

Florida State University

4.3%

University of South Florida

4.1%

Georgia State University

3.8%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

San Francisco State University

3.6%

Utah State University

3.6%

Wayne State University

3.5%

University of Georgia

3.5%

Brigham Young University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%

Nova Southeastern University

3.3%

Full Sail University

3.3%
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Majors

Educational Technology

20.7%

Business

10.3%

Curriculum And Instruction

9.6%

Education

8.4%

Graphic Design

7.8%

Elementary Education

4.9%

English

4.8%

Communication

4.1%

Fine Arts

3.6%

Human Resources Management

3.3%

Psychology

3.2%

Writing

2.8%

Counseling Psychology

2.6%

Drafting And Design

2.5%

Computer Science

2.3%

Educational Leadership

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

Computer Applications

1.7%

Management

1.6%

Music

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

47.9%

Bachelors

31.5%

Certificate

7.2%

Doctorate

7.0%

Associate

4.6%

High School Diploma

1.0%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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