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Instructional Designers & Technologists

Also called: Chief Technology Officer, Instructional Designer, Instructional Technologist, Senior Instructional Designer

What they do:
Develop instructional materials and products and assist in the technology-based redesign of courses. Assist faculty in learning about, becoming proficient in, and applying instructional technology.
On the job, you would:
  • Present and make recommendations regarding course design, technology, and instruction delivery options.
  • Define instructional, learning, or performance objectives.
  • Develop instructional materials and products for technology-based redesign of courses.


Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation
  • Innovation


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate
  • Blackboard Learn
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Video creation and editing software
  • Avid Technology Pinnacle Studio
  • TechSmith Camtasia


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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