Job developers can influence decision-making during the job search and placement process. For a study exploring the employment decisions of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), researchers interviewed 16 individuals with IDD, their family members, and professionals involved in their job search. Participants were asked what factors, circumstances, or people affected their decisions about work. The job developer was consistently named the most influential person in the job-search process.
Timmons, Jaimie Ciulla and Wolfe, Ashley, "Research to Practice: The Influential Role of the Job Developer: Increasing Self-Determination and Family Involvement During the Job Search" (2011). Research to Practice Series, Institute for Community Inclusion. Paper 45.