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Instructional Designer

Use communication, project management skills and subject knowledge to create instructional materials for a specific learning goal.

What's it like to be an Instructional Designer?

Instructional Designers plan, develop and optimise instructional material, including online courses, seminars, instruction manuals, workshops, tutorials, multimedia training modules and assessments. Their work is used across a wide range of industries and purposes, from instruction manuals for household goods through to curriculums and technical courses for business management.

Instructional Designer

Tasks and duties

  • Designing, developing, and evaluating a broad range of instructional materials.
  • Analysing requirements and methodically developing instruction materials to match learning needs.
  • Collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to determine specific design needs.
  • Planning and implementing training strategies.
  • Integrating feedback, student support, assessment and course evaluation into the training program.
  • Studying instructional theories, tools and resources.
  • Conducting user testing.
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Instructional designers interact with a range of technology and have strong verbal and written communication skills, regularly consulting with clients and stakeholders to gain the necessary understanding of the subject to be communicated.

What can I earn as an Instructional Designer?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Instructional Designer is between $100k and $120k
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How to become an Instructional Designer


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While there are no formal prerequisites for becoming an Instructional Designer, employers may prefer individuals with qualifications in the field, or relevant experience in adult learning. Most Instructional Designers have one or more bachelor degrees.

  1. Complete a qualification in Instructional Design. This may be a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116), Diploma of Training Design and Development (TAE50216), or a Bachelor degree majoring in Instructional Design.
  2. Develop a portfolio of work to show prospective employers. This can include work you’ve done on mock Instructional Design projects.

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Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

This certificate prepares you to deliver training in the vocational education and training sector.
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Diploma of Training Design and Development

This qualification develops your skills to analyse and design training products and evaluate the effectiveness of training programs.

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How do Instructional Designers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 19 Instructional Designers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.9
Job satisfaction
3.9
Career progression opportunities
3.1
Job security
3.4
Pay / Salary
3.9
Variety of work
3.9

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Oct 2018
Instructional Design - A bridge across the river
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Certificate of Business
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Indigenous education
The good things
Instructional Design has an underpinning framework of theories about how adults learn, needs to consider corporate guidelines, the medium on which the final course gets delivered, the modus, the targe...
The challenges
“We want bells and whistles.” “What’s your budget?” “Oh?” Depending on the client or organisation, storyboarding can be like the Pie in the Sky. We can dream up scenario-based learning that is done v...
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Oct 2018
Instructional Design suits those who can architect holistic training solutions that are creative, engaging and practical.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Training Design and Development
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Instructional Design
The good things
The good things As an instructional designer, you are instrumental in developing print and online training materials to help prospective employees to get a livelihood and make them productive ultimate...
The challenges
The challenges Confusion about the role especially in the realm of eLearning development: IDs focus on writing and ensuring training meets statutory and organisational objectives, notably, the content...
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Working hours for Instructional Designers

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Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for Instructional Designers?

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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
13.6%
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Source: LMIP. Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators

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