Corporate learning—programs that teach employees about a particular skill or concept—relies increasingly on technology, and thus offers a range of opportunities for programmers, QA specialists, media designers, and project managers. (And no, you don’t have to become a trainer.) Corporate training is a multi-billion-dollar industry; learning-management system provider Docebo, for example, suggests that e-learning revenues will reach $27 billion this year
in the U.S. alone. Executives in the business don’t see those trends slowing down anytime soon. “Learning is never not going to be needed,” said Peter Sandford, executive vice president of NXLevel Solutions, a learning company in Lambertville, N.J., that focuses on the pharmaceutical industry. “Trends come and go, but there are always new companies and new employees who need to learn, as well as existing employees who need training or re-training.” Corporate learning is delivered electronically with increasing frequency. According to Training Magazine’s
2015 industry report, 73 percent of employers use learning-management systems, while 72 percent rely on virtual classrooms, webcasting or video broadcasting. Rapid e-learning tools were used by 51 percent of respondents, up from 48 percent in 2014, while 40 percent used application simulation tools, up from 33 percent the previous year.
Matching Technology to the Lesson