Career Opportunities in Instructional Design
My foray into ID is (kind of) just beginning and I'm curious to know what career opportunities exist and how the industry "works".
There are a lot of people on here who are clearly professionals working full-time in this industry (and seemingly having done so for many years) so I figure this is the best place to ask! =)
I've been a classroom teacher for many years and I'd like to make a career move. Instructional Design is something that really, really interests me but I'm hesitant to go jumping boots'n'all into some kind of graduate course if there aren't any jobs out there (or it's exceedingly slim pickings).
I read the following threads:
There's some great info in those two threads, including a wide array of fields that people work in.
I do wonder, though, whether there's a correlation with population centres...
What I mean is that it appears the majority of members here are from North America or the UK. I'm in Australia and I think I've seen about four Instructional Design jobs advertised in the past year!
This suggests to me that...
- the demand for elearning is low in Australia... (This doesn't seem right to me, though, because there was an ID conference just last week and several other seminars coming up) ... or...
- the demand is roughly the same as anywhere else, but because the population is significantly smaller here, there are fewer jobs/projects available ... and/or...
- I'm looking for the wrong things (perhaps the roles are not generally titled "Instructional Designer" here) ... and/or...
- I'm looking in the wrong places (perhaps these kinds of jobs are "advertised" via sites such as http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/ or places I'm not aware of) ... and/or...
- something else that I'm overlooking
Also, is this generally a "freelancer" type industry? If so, is it more of an in-company consultant-style role or is it often done remotely (e.g. me in Australia; client in Scotland or Canada or New Zealand)?
Or... are the majority of jobs full-time in-house positions?
Or... if "it depends", what does it depend on?
The whole reason I'm asking is...
I certainly wouldn't consider myself "old", but I am getting a bit long in the tooth to be re-training for a career change, raising a family and paying a mortgage... only to find that I can't get any work.
Or that the job-market demands not just Instructional Design qualifications (+ portfolio) but also other things such as being able to program Flash and/or HTML5, be a Photoshop pro, have a good grasp of web development (including asp, php, .net, js), etc.
If anyone could help, I would be super super appreciative!
Thanks in advance,