There are many career paths to choose from in this day in age. Many people choose to be a writer, a nurse, a programmer or a chef, but in my opinion one of the best choices to make for a career is e-learning development. I unexpectedly found my way into a career in e-learning about 10 years ago, and I am grateful for the opportunities that is has given me. If you are on the fence about which direction you want to choose for your career path, below are 6 reasons to choose a career in e-learning:
Reason 1: E-learning Developers are Currently in High Demand
If you do a search on any job board right now, you will find a plethora of e-learning development positions available for all levels of experience. Virtually all companies, including the big boys such as Google, Apple and Amazon have e-learning developers on staff. There are also a large number of contract and freelance developer jobs available should you want to earn some extra money on the side.
Reason 2: E-learning Developers Command a Healthy Salary
According to the a recent report published by the E-learning Guild, the average e-learning developer has a salary of $77,682. In addition, freelance E-learning developers can often command $50 an hour or more. Yes, money isn’t everything when choosing a career, but it is always an added bonus when you are compensated well for your work.
Reason 3: E-learning Developer Jobs Allow for Flexibility
There are certain jobs that are well suited for a remote/work from home set up, and e-learning development is one of them. In general, an e-learning developer just needs access to a computer, proper software and access to SMEs/systems/content in order to be able to do their job. I often see job postings for remote positions, and have actually spent a portion of my career working as a work from home developer. In addition, as I already mentioned in reason #2, there are a large number of freelance opportunities available. Most of these positions can be worked from anywhere in the country, or even the world!
Reason 4: E-learning Development is Constantly Evolving
In my 10 years of working in the field of e-learning, I have seen the tools and techniques that are used in e-learning development quickly evolve. A short time ago Flash was king, so having experience in Flash development was a must. Now rapid e-learning tools such as Captivate and Articulate Storyline/Studio are the standard, while HTML5 and mobile learning are also growing in popularity. If you choose a career in e-learning, it is almost guaranteed that you won’t ever get bored. You will constantly be challenged to learn new skills and software in order to keep pace with the ever changing landscape.
Reason 5: E-learning Development Work is Diverse
When you work as an e-learning developer, you will wear many different hats. On any given project, you could potentially find yourself interviewing a subject matter expert, writing a script, recording narration for your course, creating graphics in Photoshop, working with e-learning authoring software or writing HTML. There are few other jobs that will allow you to touch so many different things on a daily basis and that to me is one of the biggest reasons e-learning is such a satisfying field to work in.
Reason 6: E-learning Developers Have a Great Community
If you choose a career in e-learning, one thing that you can count on is having support from an amazing community. From the various groups on LinkedIn, to local E-learning Special Interest Groups organized by ASTD, to organizations such as the E-learning Guild, you won’t find a shortage of professionals to network with or learn from. The e-learning community is also very good about sharing resources and knowledge. A quick search on google will turn up countless blog posts, tutorials, tips and templates that will help you become a better developer. In addition, there are many E-learning conferences to attend where you can continue to grow your network and knowledge.
Will You Take the Plunge?
As education technology continues to grow in both the corporate sector and higher education, the field of E-learning will only become more popular. There are definitely more reasons to become an e-learning developer other than the six I have presented above, so feel free to post your reasons below in the comments, I’d love to hear them! If you do decide to take the plunge, I’d like to be the first to welcome to your new career, if you are already working in the field of e-learning, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do