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Working As A Development Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $54,200

    Average Salary

What Does A Development Specialist Do

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:

  • Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, or consultations with managers or instructors
  • Design and create training manuals, online learning modules, and course materials
  • Review training materials from a variety of vendors and choose appropriate materials
  • Deliver training to employees using a variety of instructional techniques
  • Monitor and evaluate training programs to ensure they are current and effective
  • Select and assign instructors or vendors to conduct training
  • Perform administrative tasks such as monitoring costs, scheduling classes, setting up systems and equipment, and coordinating enrollment

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.

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How To Become A Development Specialist

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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Development Specialist Career Paths

Development Specialist
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Developer Business Development Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Technical Trainer Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Program Director Marketing Director Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Training Manager Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Instructor Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Training Manager General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Adjunct Faculty Chairperson
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Development Director President/Chief Executive Officer Human Resources Coordinator
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Business Development Manager
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Director Specialist Recruiter
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Development Director Chief Executive Officer Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Development Specialist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    58.4%
  • Male

    39.3%
  • Unknown

    2.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.4%
  • Asian

    7.6%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    50.2%
  • French

    10.4%
  • German

    6.9%
  • Italian

    4.6%
  • Arabic

    4.2%
  • Chinese

    3.8%
  • Portuguese

    3.5%
  • Russian

    3.3%
  • Mandarin

    2.7%
  • Japanese

    1.8%
  • Dutch

    1.1%
  • Korean

    1.1%
  • Tagalog

    0.9%
  • Hindi

    0.9%
  • Dakota

    0.9%
  • Carrier

    0.9%
  • Urdu

    0.9%
  • Turkish

    0.7%
  • Dari

    0.7%
  • Persian

    0.7%
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Real Development Specialist Salaries

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 -
$96,000
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 -
$80,000
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 -
$69,000
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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Top Skills for A Development Specialist

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Top Development Specialist Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Training Programs
  3. Training Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop and maintain safety policies and procedures to support site personnel needs.
  • Developed essential curriculum and materials for training programs, including student guides, instructor guides, and job aids.
  • Designed, developed, implemented, and maintained organization s soft skill training curriculum.
  • Trained all employees including managers in all over night computer, register and data entry functions.
  • Worked with children of all ages in a large setting; while maintaining a safe environment.

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