Instructional Design is a terrific field. I love it. I’m having fun, doing lots of creative things, and I get paid for it. It doesn’t get much better than that!
According to The Elearning Guild’s recent article: Today’s Instructional Designer: Competencies and Careers, the field will grow at a rate of 8-19.5% over the next 10 years with the highest earning designers with 5-years’ experience getting paid as much $101,000. Not bad.
But, it’s not easy money. You need specific skills in a variety of areas to earn that kind of cash. The obvious skills are being able to use the current tools to produce courses. But there’s so much more. Consider these skills if you want to be really successful:
- Interpersonal skills
- Management skills
- Human Performance Technology skills
- General technology skills
- Project Management skills
- Writing skills
- Content skills
- Analysis skills
- Learning theory knowledge
- Office productivity tools skills
- Authoring tools skills
- Multimedia skills
- Image editing skills
The range of soft skills and technicals skills is deep and wide. Many people overlook some of these, but employers don’t. I will take a look at these more in-depth in future posts.