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Digital Learning Talent In Demand & More 2022 Hiring Trends

2022 Hiring Trends in digital learning put job seekers in the driver’s seat. Learn how to use these trends to your advantage in education or corporate L&D.


Now is an amazing time to look for a job in digital learning. The events of the last few years have boosted the demand for digital learning experts in all areas. That includes corporate L&D, higher ed, K-12, edtech, and commercial e-learning. As more organizations embrace a digital learning model, the demand for talent will continue to grow. The 2022 Hiring Trends in Digital Learning are all headed in one direction: up.

Our work connecting talented digital learning professionals with the organizations that need their skills has given us a sneak peek at the 2022 hiring trends in digital learning. And we’re ready to share those insights with you. Here’s what you need to know if you’re a job seeker in the digital learning industry.

You Are In Demand for 2022

The market for talent is incredibly competitive right now. Most organizations simply can’t find the number and quality of digital learning professionals they need. This is particularly true for Instructional Technologist and LMS Administrator job roles. If you have expertise in these areas, or in related areas, now is the time to look for a new role or negotiate a raise.

Organizations are particularly interested in applicants with between two and seven years of experience. These teammates can quickly adjust to new environments and get the job done, but don’t necessarily demand top dollar. It’s the sweet spot for employers seeking new talent.

Be Selective and Look for Fit

Because the market is competitive, you don’t have to settle for the first offer that comes along. You’re in a position to bargain and find a role that fits both your personal mission and your desired lifestyle. Make sure you understand the values and educational philosophy of the organization before you take the job. Really take the time to discover whether the job is the right fit.

The market is growing and so is your value within it. Negotiate for higher pay than you’ve received in the past.

Continue to Grow Your Skills

If you work in digital learning, you’re probably a lifelong learner, but you don’t have to rely only on taking classes or earning certifications. One amazing way to gain experience and increase your understanding of the industry is by contracting. Taking a contract job can expose you to other organizations and frameworks. It’s a low-risk way to test out a new role or industry while putting some extra money in your pocket at the same time.

If you do want to invest in a degree, consider an MBA. It may not be the traditional degree choice for digital learning professionals, but it is becoming an increasingly more valuable one. After all, digital learning is a business. Understanding the underlying principles of business and leadership can make you a particularly attractive candidate.

But Claim a Digital Learning Speciality

As in many other industries, 2022 hiring trends in digital learning are skewing toward specialization. Employers want you to be able to do many things, but they expect that there’s at least one thing you do really well.

Take the time to identify your strengths. The most in-demand skills are those around technology, project management, and the design of highly polished learning experiences. Curate your LinkedIn profile, portfolio, and resume to highlight your most impressive experiences and projects. This will help you market your skills.

Don’t Limit Yourself to One Learning Industry

Although specialization is important, you needn’t limit yourself to just one industry. The skills that make you a valuable member of a corporate L&D team can also apply to education. Don’t be afraid to jump the gap between these industries. You can always jump back again.

For example, many LMS technologists in education are contracting with big tech companies like Apple, Meta, and Tesla. Just remember to adjust your rates accordingly. We often see a 50% markup when someone jumps from education to corporate learning. (A rate of $50 /hr increases to $75/hr for example.)

Capitalize on 2022 Hiring Trends

The key takeaway here is that the power is in your hands. Use it wisely. In 2022, you have more flexibility and opportunities than ever. But these hiring trends won’t last forever. As we’ve seen time and time again, markets change. Take this opportunity to set yourself up with the skills, experience, portfolio, and employer you need to build a bright future in digital learning.

For help finding a digital learning role that fits your needs and values visit our job board or share your resume with us.

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