Emerging occupations typically are the result of:
- An increased human need (for example, new services)
- Technological advances
- Greater specialization within an occupation
Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans already are working in this emerging occupation but future demand for instructional designers is unknown.
Instructional designers are employed by:
- Provincial education departments
- Post-secondary schools
- Private vocational schools
- Online learning and software application companies
- Online publishing companies
- Training departments of large companies
- Educational organizations (non-government)
- The military
Some positions may combine the duties of an instructional designer and a classroom facilitator. A teacher's certificate usually is required for employment with provincial education departments.
Experienced instructional designers in large organizations may advance to supervisory positions.
Instructional designers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4166: Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers. In Alberta, 79% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- Trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- Location in Alberta
- Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
- Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
- Size of the occupation
In Alberta, the 4166: Education policy researchers, consultants and program officers occupational group is expected to have an average annual growth of 1.9% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 77 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.