Instructional designers are paramount in the process of learning. They are tasked with developing entire courses or curriculums and creating training materials, such as teaching manuals and student guides. The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) defines the responsibilities of instructional designers as “the theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management and evaluation of processes and resources for learning.” Essentially, instructional designers implement theory and research processes to design and implement learning materials that produce greater outcomes for a specific group of people.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Design instructional management systems
  • Evaluate new eLearning materials
  • Create educational podcasts, videos and content
  • Design and revamp both new and established learning models
  • Implement feedback from program reviews
  • Train others on how to deliver learning material
  • Research new innovations in both learning design and education

Learn more about Instructional Design at our Learning Design & Technology Department website.

Career Outlook

A career as an instructional designer also equates to job security, given that the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, anticipates job growth for this role to increase by 11 percent within the next ten years.

Salary Info

Honolulu, HI

  • Range: $63,053 – $91,709
  • Median Salary: $77,190

Nationally (for comparison)

  • Range: $60,735 – $88,436
  • Median Salary: $74,490
  • Instructional designers are employed across a variety of industries, ranging from kindergarten and college to business, government and the military.
  • Pearson
  • Amazon
  • Various Educational Institutions
  • Various Tech Companies
Education / Skills Needed

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Ideal skills:

  • Creativity
  • Communication skills
  • Research skills
  • Time management skills
  • Flexibility