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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 Latino11.0%
Black or African American0.5%
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University of Phoenix12.5%
Nova Southeastern University8.2%
Grand Canyon University6.7%
Northern Arizona University4.8%
University of North Texas4.3%
Michigan State University3.8%
Arizona State University3.8%
University of Central Florida3.8%
University of Arizona3.8%
Texas State University3.4%
Stephen F Austin State University3.4%
New York University2.9%
Florida State University2.9%
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee2.9%
University of Houston2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Curriculum Specialist-Math (Upper and Middle SCH||Avenues New York LLC||New York, NY||Aug 01, 2012||$115,000|
|Curriculum Specialist-Math (Upper and Middle SCH||Avenues New York LLC||New York, NY||Jul 01, 2012||$115,000|
|Curriculum Specialist-Math (Upper and Middle SCH||Avenues New York LLC||New York, NY||Jul 30, 2012||$115,000|
|EFL Curriculum Specialist||Age of Learning, Inc.||Glendale, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$104,350|
|Curriculum Specialist||Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.||Daly City, CA||Nov 04, 2016||$100,838|
|Senior Curriculum Specialist & National Presenter||No Tears Learning, Inc.||Cabin John, MD||Dec 01, 2010||$80,266|
|Curriculum Renewal Specialist||Texas Engineering Experiment Station||College Station, TX||Jan 02, 2010||$79,799|
|Curriculum Specialist, FX||Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC||New York, NY||May 23, 2015||$79,611|
|Curriculum Specialist, FX||Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC||New York, NY||Mar 02, 2015||$79,611|
|Registrar/Curriculum Specialist||Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center||New York, NY||Feb 01, 2015||$68,675|
|Curriculum Specialist||Dartmouth College||Hanover, NH||Jul 22, 2014||$68,224 -
|Curriculum Specialist||Learnet Academy, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 01, 2014||$60,523|
|Curriculum Specialist||Learnet Academy, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$60,523|
|Curriculum Specialist||Learnet Academy, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 01, 2014||$60,523|
|Program Director/Curriculum Specialist||Solid Foundation Inc.||Sanford, NC||Oct 01, 2010||$60,320|
|Program Director/Curriculum Specialist||Solid Foundations Inc.||Sanford, NC||Oct 12, 2010||$60,320|
|Law Curriculum Specialist-ASS. Director||Kaplan PMBR, A Division of Kaplan, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 15, 2010||$60,000|
|Curriculum Specialist||Learnet Academy, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 01, 2013||$59,480|
|Curriculum Specialist||Hope Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach, Inc.||Virginia Beach, VA||Oct 01, 2012||$45,351|
|Math Curriculum Specialist||Sallie B. Howard School for The Arts and Education||Wilson, NC||Jul 01, 2011||$45,000|
|Math Curriculum Specialist||Sallie B. Howard School for The Arts and Education||Wilson, NC||Jul 01, 2013||$45,000|
|Curriculum Specialist||Hope Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach, Inc.||Virginia Beach, VA||Oct 01, 2015||$44,432|
|Educational Instructor and Curriculum Specialist||Cooperative Educational Services||Trumbull, CT||Oct 20, 2011||$44,224|
|Educational Instructor & Curriculum Specialist||Cooperative Educational Services||Trumbull, CT||Nov 25, 2011||$44,224|
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