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Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.Duties
Training and development specialists typically do the following:
Training and development specialists create, administer, and deliver training programs for businesses and organizations. To do this, they must first assess the needs of an organization. Once those needs are determined, specialists develop custom training programs that take place in classrooms or training facilities. Training programs are increasingly delivered through computers, tablets, or other hand-held electronic devices.
Training and development specialists organize or deliver training sessions using lectures, group discussions, team exercises, hands-on examples, and other formats. Training can be in the form of a video, self-guided instructional manual, or online application. Training also may be collaborative, which allows employees to connect informally with experts, mentors, and colleagues, often through the use of technology.
Training and development specialists may monitor instructors, guide employees through media-based programs, or facilitate informal or collaborative learning programs.
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 Latino10.4%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix17.3%
Grand Canyon University5.4%
Wayne State University4.7%
Pennsylvania State University4.7%
George Washington University4.6%
Michigan State University4.0%
Florida State University4.0%
University of Missouri - Columbia3.9%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale3.7%
Southern New Hampshire University3.7%
Western Michigan University3.6%
Arizona State University3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Finance Training & Development Specialist||Adkins Matchett & Toy Ltd||New York, NY||Nov 14, 2016||$182,000|
|Breakthrough Training and Development Specialist||New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2016||$160,000|
|Contract Development Specialist||Beepi||Los Altos, CA||Jun 23, 2016||$155,418|
|Senior Development Specialist||HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||May 01, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Development Specialist||HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 27, 2015||$150,000|
|Senior Development Specialist||HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Mar 25, 2016||$150,000|
|Senior Development Specialist||HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 12, 2015||$146,850|
|ERP Specialist/Developer||Modis, Inc.||Jacksonville, FL||Jul 22, 2016||$132,600|
|Training and Development Specialist||Offshore Commissioning Solutions Inc.||Houston, TX||Jul 27, 2016||$132,142|
|SR. Development Specialist||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Oct 27, 2016||$130,666|
|Breakthrough Training and Development Specialist||New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation||New York, NY||May 11, 2015||$130,000|
|Quantitative Analytics/Model Development Specialist I||The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.||Vienna, VA||Feb 02, 2015||$130,000|
|Development Specialist||HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||NY||Sep 06, 2015||$128,000|
|Senior Development Specialist||HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 15, 2015||$128,000|
|Electronic Taxation Development Specialist||Nicusa, Inc.||Urban Honolulu, HI||Jun 27, 2016||$82,500|
|Specialist Developer||Majesco Software and Solutions, Inc.||Erie, PA||May 04, 2015||$81,876|
|Technical Development Specialist||Resin Resource Inc.||San Antonio, TX||Jan 11, 2016||$81,000|
|Reconciliation Development Specialist||SS&C Technologies, Inc.||Windsor, CT||Sep 02, 2015||$80,500|
|Reconciliation Development Specialist||SS&C Technologies, Inc.||Windsor, CT||Feb 09, 2015||$80,500|
|Training and Development Specialists||SIRI Infosolutions Inc.||Edison, NJ||Sep 09, 2016||$80,475 -
|Training/Development Specialist||Ixl Center, Inc.||Cambridge, MA||Aug 29, 2016||$80,000|
|Field Development Specialist||Abbott Laboratories||Santa Clara, CA||Jul 21, 2016||$80,000|
|Training and Development Specialist||NTT Data, Inc.||Boston, MA||Sep 02, 2016||$59,238 -
|Designer/Development Specialist||Utility Solutions Partners, LLC||Rancho Cordova, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$59,208|
|Training and Development Specialist II||The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley||Brownsville, TX||Sep 01, 2015||$59,000 -
|Training and Development Specialist||Trustworthy Mortgage Corp||Vienna, VA||Feb 27, 2015||$58,614|
|Training & Development Specialist||Anjaneyap Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Oct 12, 2015||$58,436|
|Training and Development Specialist||Badger Hill LLC||Marshall, VA||May 13, 2015||$58,000|
|Salon Development Specialist||Neill Corporation||Hammond, LA||Feb 09, 2015||$57,262|
|Salon Development Specialist||Neill Corporation||Hammond, LA||Sep 02, 2015||$57,262|
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