Instructional design schools require students to complete a variety of interdisciplinary courses, including various courses in sociology, psychology, communication, and education. Other courses in multimedia software, web production, digital imaging, graphic design, and 3-dimensional modeling develop technical expertise that can be utilized in the creation of new learning products and technologies. Many programs allow students to minor in a specific area of interest within the instruction design program major, including website design, photography, or digital media. These courses allow students to develop specific skills in an area of interest, and require further coursework in these designated topics. Successful instructional design professionals are interested in education as an experience, and must possess communication and presentation skills, as well as advanced technical skills required to create new educational products and coursework activities, and the research and statistical knowledge used to measure the effectiveness of new programs, products, and educational activities.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs within the instructional design industry are expected to grow faster than the rate for all occupations through 2020. Graduates of accredited institutions are more likely to secure employment within the field, and are eligible for various careers as curriculum designers, instructional coordinators, training specialists, desktop publishers, or educational researchers.