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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Deputy Director, Curriculum Development||Mirantis, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Nov 30, 2016||$145,000|
|Leport Labs Educational Technology Curriculum Developer||Leport Educational Institute, Inc.||Irvine, CA||Sep 03, 2015||$105,000|
|Curriculum Developer||Oracle America, Inc.||CA||Nov 23, 2015||$99,778 -
|Technical Curriculum Developer||Varian Medical Systems, Inc.||Las Vegas, NV||Sep 02, 2014||$90,000 -
|Course/Curriculum Developer||Oracle America, Inc.||CA||Aug 13, 2015||$90,000 -
|SR. Developer, Curriculum Development||Vmware, Inc.||Irving, TX||Aug 13, 2016||$89,690|
|SR. Developer, Curriculum Development||Vmware, Inc.||Irving, TX||Aug 28, 2016||$89,690|
|Instructional Designer/Curriculum Developer||Skire, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jan 01, 2011||$84,000|
|Instructional Developer II||Health Care Service Corporation||Chicago, IL||Jun 17, 2014||$77,300 -
|Curriculum Developer II||Vocollect, Inc.||Pittsburgh, PA||Aug 23, 2012||$74,778|
|Curriculum Developer||Turingtech LLC||New York, NY||Sep 22, 2016||$72,500|
|SR. Training Curriculum Developer Clinical Info SY||Seattle Children's Hospital||Seattle, WA||Sep 14, 2013||$71,405 -
|SR. Training Curriculum Developer-Clinical Info Systems||Seattle Children's Hospital||Seattle, WA||Sep 14, 2016||$71,405 -
|Curriculum Developer: Gifted and Talented Educatio||Cosmos Foundation, Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 29, 2012||$65,400|
|Math Curriculum Developer||Riverwalk Education Foundation, Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Sep 19, 2016||$57,543|
|Curriculum Developer||Houghton Mifflin Company||Boston, MA||Mar 15, 2013||$57,502|
|Math Curriculum Developer||Harmony Public Schools||Houston, TX||Dec 10, 2014||$57,500|
|Math Curriculum Developer||Harmony Public Schools||Pflugerville, TX||Apr 08, 2015||$57,000|
|Biology Curriculum Developer||Harmony Public Schools||Pflugerville, TX||Jan 07, 2015||$57,000|
|Instructional Developer II||Health Care Service Corporation||Chicago, IL||Jun 17, 2011||$55,200 -
|Curriculum Developer||Adaptive Learning LLC||Tustin, CA||Sep 24, 2016||$54,122|
|Physics Curriculum Developer||Lisa Academy||Sherwood, AR||Jan 14, 2016||$49,000|
|Educational Coordinator Curriculum Developer||Hamadeh Educational Services, Inc.||Detroit, MI||May 04, 2011||$48,250|
|Chemistry Curriculum Developer||Riverwalk Education Foundation, Inc.||Leon Valley, TX||Nov 18, 2015||$48,000|
|Curriculum Developer||Icode, LLC||Dallas, TX||Aug 29, 2016||$47,923|
|Academic Coordinator/Curriculum Developer||Crescent Group International, Inc.||La Mirada, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$47,458|
|Curriculum Developer||American Virtual Academy||Chandler, AZ||May 02, 2013||$47,000|
|Biology Curriculum Developer||Harmony Public Schools||Dallas, TX||Mar 05, 2016||$47,000|
|Curriculum Developer||Essential Education, Inc.||Walnut, CA||Jul 09, 2016||$46,331|
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