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Instructional designer: What I do and how much I make

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my name is Anna Nelson I'm 28 years old I'm an instructional designer and I make ninety thousand dollars a year map our technologies makes software to help people manage and analyze big data so an example of that would be if you're a bank and you want to process all the credit card transactions that are happening right now that's thousands or millions of credit card transactions that are happening right now so that would be an example of a big data application an instructional designer makes material so that people can learn how to do something in my case I make materials so that people can learn how to use the product that my company makes so I make lab materials so that people can practice using the technology I make PowerPoint slides and documentation to explain how the technology works I write a glossary from different study guides I also monitor the forums and the social media so I have direct communication with our students online so anytime the student has a question or they find a bug in our classes i they let me know I would address the issue I'm writing email so whenever you sign up for an online class like Khan Academy and you get that email that says oh hey great job learning keep going with this next thing so I write a lot of those emails instructional design is that a lot of tech companies and especially because technology is constantly changing so you have the how to use this version of the software and then a new version of the software gets released and so now you have to create another new tutorial that says well how do you use the new version and how is it differ from the old version and so every time a new version gets released we have to update our courses so a lot of tech companies do have instructional designers for that reason but a lot of other companies have instructional designers too so a lot of instructional designers will teach people how to do their job so you have to learn a new email tool when you start at a new company or you have to learn whatever process that other company uses instructional designers help with the onboarding of new employees as well it all happened at once in a kind of bizarre mesh of oh my god I need to change my career I'm not happy in the career I'm in and then I fell into Patrol so before I became an instructional designer at map our technologies I was a graduate student in a ph.d program at the University of California Santa Barbara studying linguistics and karmas France and I realized that about four years ago the program I realized that academia wasn't for me that I was on a path that wasn't right for me I was headed towards becoming this professor and researcher and that's not what I wanted I wanted to be more involved in teaching and fostering relationships with students and so and I also wanted to do something that was more fast-paced and I know that the tech industry is very fast-paced whereas the academic world is very slow-paced and that just was not right for me so I took classes online in data science and I knew that I wanted to be involved with education and data science in some way and so now I'm an educator at a data science company I study data science on Coursera so I have a certificate in data science from Coursera through John Hopkins University I think I was very lucky in this position because my manager took a chance on me I don't have a degree in instructional design but I had designed courses before I don't have a degree I I don't have a degree in computer science but I had built projects and put them on the web so I had I didn't have the certifications that are typical I'm like a degree in instructional design or degree in computer science but I had a lot of the skills and a lot of the proof that I has been able to use those skills which I think a lot of times is more important you don't necessarily need a degree in whatever in order to get a job in that thing so when I was hired I was hired at $90,000 a year I'm currently making that but I'm scheduled to get a raise very soon of around 4 to 5% so every quarter we have a quarterly review and so every three months we talk about what we accomplished and what our goals are and we do get a bonus based on that my last bonus was around three or four hundred dollars and so you get that four times a year if you're going to be an instructional designer especially in the tech field you have to like learning new things because you constantly have to learn something new in order to teach it to other people so when you're a junior instructional designer you have a manager or a senior instructional designer helping you with your work all the time and then when you're an instructional designer you have a lot of Independence but maybe not a lot of authority when you're a senior instructional designer you have a lot of Independence and you're just expected to be able to do a job without anyone helping you and then you might even be expected to help others as well beyond senior instructional designer would be a management position or possibly and move into a different role so maybe I don't want to be instructional design I want to work more in curriculum development or maybe I want to work more in interactive design so there's a lot of lateral movement as well I think everyone I work with has at least a college degree some have master's degrees but all of us came from different backgrounds so for example I have a degree in linguistics another one has a degree in physics another has a degree in math another has a degree in fine arts so it's not like you need a degree in computer science to work in the tech industry I'm very lucky to have a very flexible job as long as I log in during working hours whether or not that login is at the office or at home or at a coffee shop the important thing is that we have core working hours where everybody has to log in check in have meetings so you can't just do all your work in the middle of the night and then not log in during the time everyone else is awake and doing meetings but I do have very flexible working hours and very good work-life balance I think the most important career advice is to always want to keep learning no matter what your career is I think if you wanted to become an instructional designer especially being in the education field means constantly learning so you can constantly teach but any field your education doesn't stop after high school or after college there's always going to be new technologies or new you know whatever it is to learn so being open-minded and being willing to accept new chances and try new things is really important
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