I’d like some help answering the following question I received this morning:
May i know the demand for instructional designers increase in the near future?
A similar question came up on the eLearning Guild discussion board a few months ago. At that point, the best anyone came up with from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was predictions for Instructional Coordinators and Training and Development Specialists. By the BLS classification, instructional coordinators are more academic (think curriculum planners for a school district) and training and development specialists are in the corporate realm. There’s no separate figures specifically for instructional designers though.
For instructional coordinators, the BLS has predicted 22% growth between 2006 and 2016 (the most recent prediction available). For training and development specialists, they predict 18% growth during the same time period. Both of those predictions are for faster than average growth.
But neither of these is really quite right. Does anyone have any better numbers specific to instructional design or e-learning? What about outside the US? I have no idea where to even look for statistics for other countries. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Update 4/12/10: I just found this chart from Indeed.com. No real specifics, but at least it gives a general trend over time.