Do you know what type of organization you would like to work in as an instructional designer? There are many options available to you:

  • Higher education
  • K-12 education
  • A consultant for the military or a corporation

Each area holds unique challenges and experiences and skills necessary to be effective as a designer. We will delve into each of these specific areas to give you a sense of the daily duties and issues that may arise for the instructional designer in each.

Perhaps this information will help guide you in determining the area that best suits your skillset and career goals. All can be very rewarding and exciting. Some of the best rewards for working as an instructional designer is that it allows for exercising the creative side of you along with seeing the fruits of your labor in the success of the learner. When the learner achieves, you know you have done your job well.

Where will you work as an instructional designer? Let’s explore your many options in the following sections.

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