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Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree, and most need related work experience.Education
Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree. Specialists may have a variety of education backgrounds, but many have a bachelor’s degree in training and development, human resources, education, or instructional design. Others may have a degree in business administration or a social science, such as educational or organizational psychology.
In addition, as technology continues to play a larger role in training and development, a growing number of organizations seek candidates who have a background in information technology or computer science.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Related work experience is important for most training and development specialists. Many positions require work experience in areas such as training and development or instructional design, or in related occupations, such as human resources specialists or even teachers.
Employers may prefer to hire candidates with previous work experience in the industry in which the company operates. However, some employers may hire candidates with a master’s degree in lieu of work experience. Increasingly, employers prefer candidates with experience in information technology, as organizations introduce more e-learning, mobile training, and technology-based tools.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Many human resources associations offer classes to enhance the skills of their members. Some associations, including the Association for Talent Development and International Society for Performance Improvement, specialize in training and development and offer certification programs. Although not required, certification can show professional expertise and credibility. Some employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification.Advancement
Training and development specialists may advance to training and development manager or human resources manager positions. Workers typically need several years of experience to advance. Some employers require managers to have a master’s degree in a related area.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Training and development specialists must evaluate training programs, methods, and materials, and choose those that best fit each situation.
Creativity. Specialists should be creative when developing training materials. They may need to think of and implement new approaches, such as new technology, when evaluating existing training methods.
Instructional skills. Training and development specialists often deliver training programs to employees. They use a variety of teaching techniques and sometimes must adapt their methods to meet the needs of particular groups.
Interpersonal skills. Specialists need strong interpersonal skills because delivering training programs requires collaboration with instructors, trainees, and subject-matter experts. They accomplish much of their work through teams.
Speaking skills. Speaking skills are essential for training and development specialists because they often give presentations. Specialists must communicate information clearly and facilitate learning by diverse audiences.
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Hispanic or Latino9.9%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix22.2%
University of Central Florida7.6%
Florida State University5.4%
Southern New Hampshire University4.7%
Arizona State University4.2%
Johnson & Wales University4.1%
University of Houston4.1%
Michigan State University4.1%
University of Alabama3.9%
Florida International University3.9%
University of North Texas3.9%
University of South Florida3.9%
Grand Canyon University3.7%
Pennsylvania State University3.6%
Western Michigan University3.4%
West Virginia University3.2%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Corporate Trainer||Opiad, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 25, 2016||$96,949|
|Corporate Trainer||MTS Yachts Inc.||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Oct 01, 2012||$65,824|
|Corporate Trainer||Ritani LLC||White Plains, NY||May 01, 2011||$65,000|
|Corporate Trainer||Ecalix Inc.||Fremont, CA||Mar 14, 2011||$57,000|
|Corporate Trainer||Cape Resorts Group, LLC||Cape May, NJ||Oct 01, 2010||$55,514|
|Regional Corporate Trainer||Vicar Operating Inc.||Tacoma, WA||Jul 20, 2014||$55,000|
|Regional Corporate Trainer||Vicar Operating Inc.||Dallas, TX||Jul 20, 2014||$55,000|
|Regional Corporate Trainer||Vicar Operating Inc.||Redding, CA||Jul 20, 2014||$55,000|
|Regional Corporate Trainer||Vicar Operating Inc.||West Miami, FL||Jul 20, 2014||$55,000|
|Regional Corporate Trainer||Vicar Operating Inc.||Loveland, CO||Jul 20, 2014||$55,000|
|Regional Corporate Trainer||Vicar Operating Inc.||Maple Shade, NJ||Jul 20, 2014||$55,000|
|Corporate Trainer||Stibo Systems, Inc.||Kennesaw, GA||Jun 17, 2013||$55,000|
|Regional Corporate Trainer||Vicar Operating Inc.||Battle Ground, WA||Jul 20, 2014||$55,000|
|Corporate Trainer-Distribution Compliance||C&C North America, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Apr 09, 2015||$50,831|
|Corporate Trainer-Distribution Compliance||C&C North America, Inc.||South San Francisco, CA||Sep 04, 2015||$50,831|
|Corporate Trainer||Brilla Services Inc.||Miami, FL||Jul 07, 2015||$50,000|
|Corporate Trainer||Hommage Inc.||New York, NY||Nov 01, 2011||$46,134|
|Corporate Trainer||Tailored Innovations Inc.||Woburn, MA||Jul 02, 2014||$45,864|
|Corporate Trainer||Marketing Venture Partners||Lyndhurst, NJ||Sep 05, 2013||$45,351|
|Corporate Trainer||Bemobile, Inc.||Grand Forks, ND||Sep 05, 2015||$44,000|
|Corporate Trainer||Vigna Solutions, Inc.||Sterling, VA||Aug 27, 2012||$43,681 -
|Corporate Trainer||Cape Resorts Group, LLC||Cape May, NJ||Oct 01, 2010||$41,740|
|Corporate Trainer||Ravi Energie Inc.||Somerset, NJ||Dec 10, 2015||$41,440|
|Legal Marketing and Corporate Trainer||JNS Marketing Inc.||Chicago, IL||Oct 20, 2015||$40,500 -
|Legal Marketing and Corporate Trainer||JNS Marketing Inc.||Chicago, IL||Dec 10, 2015||$40,000 -
|Business Account Consultant & Corporate Trainer||HMG, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Sep 27, 2016||$40,000|
|Corporate Trainer||NTR Business Group, Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 01, 2015||$38,129|
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