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Working As An Instructional Technology Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $62,289

    Average Salary

What Does An Instructional Technology Specialist 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 An Instructional Technology Specialist

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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Instructional Technology Specialist Career Paths

Instructional Technology Specialist
Director Of Instruction Program Director Coach
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Coordinator Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Professor Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Education Consultant Adjunct Faculty Director Of Training
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager Program Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Project Coordinator Educator
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Bookkeeper Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Instruction Golf Professional Operations Manager
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Technical Specialist Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Education Consultant Adjunct Instructor Training Specialist
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Principal Education Consultant Adjunct Professor
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Training Consultant
Senior Training Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Instructional Technology Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

60.0%

Male

38.3%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

13.7%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.1%

French

12.5%

Russian

6.3%

German

4.7%

Mandarin

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Portuguese

1.6%

Khmer

1.6%

Greek

1.6%

Dakota

1.6%

Gujarati

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Korean

1.6%
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Instructional Technology Specialist Education

Schools

Nova Southeastern University

8.7%

Walden University

8.7%

University of Phoenix

7.5%

Lamar University

6.2%

Capella University

6.2%

University of Arizona

5.6%

Wayne State University

5.0%

Valdosta State University

5.0%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Texas State University

4.3%

University of St. Thomas (Texas)

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

4.3%

Old Dominion University

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Stephen F Austin State University

3.7%

Texas Southern University

3.7%

Youngstown State University

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

Sam Houston State University

3.7%

Regent University

3.7%
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Majors

Educational Leadership

17.1%

Educational Technology

14.7%

Education

13.4%

Elementary Education

9.7%

Business

7.4%

Curriculum And Instruction

6.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.7%

English

3.4%

Communication

3.4%

Special Education

3.2%

Computer Science

2.6%

Psychology

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.1%

Nursing

1.9%

School Counseling

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Political Science

1.5%

History

1.5%

Computer Information Systems

1.5%

Interdisciplinary Studies

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

48.4%

Bachelors

21.4%

Other

16.3%

Doctorate

5.9%

Certificate

4.1%

Associate

3.6%

Diploma

0.2%

License

0.1%
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Real Instructional Technology Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructional Technology Specialist Agren Blando Court Reporting & Video, Inc. Denver, CO Dec 21, 2016 $76,320
Instructional Technology Specialist Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Jun 12, 2014 $63,700
Instructional Technology Specialist University of Illinois Urbana, IL Sep 01, 2014 $59,663
Instructional Technology Specialist Wheaton College Wheaton, IL May 04, 2015 $58,000
Instructional Technology Specialist Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Jun 12, 2011 $56,777
Instructional Technology Specialist Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA Mar 10, 2016 $56,100
Instructional Technology Specialist Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA Oct 03, 2016 $56,100
Instructional Technology Specialist University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX Apr 02, 2016 $55,008
Instructional Technology Specialist University of North Texas Health Science Center Fort Worth, TX Feb 04, 2013 $55,008
Instructional Technology Specialist Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA Mar 28, 2016 $55,000
Instructional Technology Specialist Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA Jul 02, 2014 $55,000
Instructional Technology Specialist University of Illinois Urbana, IL Sep 01, 2011 $55,000
Instructional Technology Specialist University of Illinois Urbana, IL Sep 01, 2010 $55,000
Insructional Technology Specialist East Carolina University Greenville, NC Jul 01, 2012 $54,142
Instructional Technology Specialist Arcadia University Glenside, PA May 01, 2011 $54,000
Instructional Technology Development Professional Specialist The University of Georgia Atlanta, GA Dec 01, 2015 $52,361
Instructional Technology Specialist Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL Jun 12, 2011 $49,423 -
$81,377
Instructional Technology Specialist Agren Blando Court Reporting and Video, Inc. Denver, CO Oct 01, 2014 $49,073
Instructional Technology Specialist Microassist, Inc. Austin, TX Nov 30, 2016 $48,339
Instructional Technology Specialist Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA Mar 10, 2013 $48,298
Instructional Technology Specialist Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA Mar 10, 2010 $48,298

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Top Skills for An Instructional Technology Specialist

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  1. Classroom Management
  2. Curriculum
  3. Professional Development
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  • Coached new teachers on effective implementation of Classroom Management and Instructional Strategies.
  • Developed the district's elementary computer curriculum so that it is integrated with and supports the academic curriculum.
  • Provide professional development programs and opportunities for campus and district based on data collected by campus assessments.
  • Delivered mathematics professional development to Academic Coaches from across the county.
  • Enhance curriculum guides by correlating instructional technology with curriculum; develop sample materials and sample lessons, and conducting in-service sessions.

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