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E-learning developer

E-learning developers develop courses that can be studied on a computer network or online.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £19,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a higher education qualification like a foundation degree, HND or degree. Relevant subjects include: 

  • computing
  • multimedia design
  • teaching
  • educational technology

 Most employers will also expect you to have:

  • a working knowledge of professional web authoring software
  • experience of designing online learning content
  • experience of web design or programming 

You may find work as a junior developer if you have A levels and a working knowledge of web authoring software.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • creative flair
  • attention to detail
  • the ability to multitask and work to deadlines

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • building online training areas known as virtual learning environments (VLEs)
  • adapting off-the-shelf VLE products
  • talking with users to find out about their training needs
  • working with tutors, trainers or development teams to create online learning materials
  • creating interactive multimedia like video clips 
  • modifying content for use on other platforms, like mobile phones or tablets
  • making sure security measures are in place to control access
  • writing training support materials 
  • staying up to date with the latest design methods and technologies
  • maintaining a VLE on an ongoing basis

4. Salary

Starter: £19,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £35,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work 35 to 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines.

You’ll usually be office-based, working at a computer. You may travel to attend meetings with the development team or clients.

6. Career path and progression

With experience you could progress to a senior development role, IT project management, e-learning research, strategy planning, technical sales and business development. 

You could also move into related areas like educational or training consultancy, educational software development, systems analysis or the computer games industry.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016