Why Instructional Design is booming—and might be the career for you

In our pandemic-influenced job market, career switchers are seeking ID jobs more than ever before.

And it’s easy to see why.

After all, the pandemic forced the entire global economy to rethink its operations, with organizations forced to transition from classroom-based to virtual teaching nearly overnight.

Like any big change, this presented huge challenges.

This included tech hiccups, Zoom fatigue, and an all-too-common unifying battle-cry from frazzled WFH-ers everywhere:

But the pivot to virtual working over the last two years has also highlighted an enormous need:

Collectively, we need more thoughtful, intentional, and well-executed online training and virtual teaching.

Businesses rely on it. Employees demand it. Students depend on it. Parents pray for it!

And so the instructional design industry has begun a sure and steady evolution to meet the market need.

This paradigm shift has been dynamic.

Not only have we seen a huge influx of open ID roles and a massive need for skilled instructional designers in the marketplace…

We’ve also seen droves of new designers doing their best to break in and land their first gigs.

Series of 5 colorful butterflies next to a lantern. Text reads "folks are flocking to the ID field like moths to a lantern."

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks instructional design growth as faster than average, with the job market expected to grow at least 11% from 2020 to 2030.

While it’s true that some people pursue an ID career right off the bat, it’s far more common to see folks discovering and pursuing ID as an alternative option a bit later in their careers.

So, who are these eager beavers, ready to build a brand-new career?

It’s no surprise that many folks transitioning into ID have some type of teaching or training background already—but this isn’t always the case, nor is it a requirement.

Some switchers may hail from neighboring creative fields, like UX/UI, communications, or digital media.

But still, many are just creative enthusiasts with a passion for working with people, solving big puzzles, and/or creating high-value learning experiences.

No matter their backgrounds, many of these career-switchers are finding massive success as instructional designers, eLearning developers, LMS administrators, and more. Of course, the most successful transitions require plenty of sweat equity and determination.

A move to instructional design isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is possible with the right determination and growth mindset.

Thinking of making a career switch to ID? Stay tuned for more stories!

If you’re considering (or undergoing!) a career shift toward instructional design, check out our upcoming blog series: Transitioning to ID.

Throughout the next few months, we’ll be posting feature stories about different people who’ve been able to translate skills attained through previous careers into successful ID positions.

Chances are you already have some transferable skills of your own, and you might just be inspired to look into it!

Keep your eyes peeled for new posts, coming soon.

In the meantime, check out our library of Kaborzi Learning Nuggets to get a head-start on honing those skills!

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