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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
  • $63,000

    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
Case Manager Director Director Of Human Resources
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Owner Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Vice President
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Store Manager Account Manager
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Training Manager General Manager Marketing Director
Community Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Office Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Director Director Of Human Resources
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Assistant Director Director Of Training
Training Development Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Technical Writer Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Training Specialist
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Adjunct Professor Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer Senior Training Specialist
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Grant Writer Grant Coordinator
Grant Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Developer/Consultant Senior Training Specialist
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Specialist 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Development Specialist
Internship 12.5%
Teacher 6.6%
Cashier 5.5%
Volunteer 4.1%
Manager 3.7%
Instructor 3.6%
Consultant 3.5%
Supervisor 3.4%
Top Careers After Development Specialist
Consultant 7.9%
Internship 5.5%
Manager 5.3%
Director 4.5%
Teacher 4.5%
Owner 4.1%

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Development Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

53.6%

Male

35.5%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

54.1%

French

10.7%

German

5.7%

Italian

3.9%

Portuguese

3.7%

Russian

3.6%

Chinese

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Mandarin

2.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Dutch

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Tagalog

0.8%

Dari

0.8%

Hindi

0.6%

Dakota

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Persian

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Turkish

0.5%
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Development Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

Walden University

6.1%

Capella University

5.6%

Liberty University

4.9%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Grand Canyon University

4.5%

Brigham Young University

4.2%

Webster University

4.2%

George Washington University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.1%

American University

3.9%

Ashford University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.7%

DePaul University

3.7%

Florida State University

3.6%

University of South Florida

3.6%

Purdue University

3.5%

Ball State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

23.1%

Psychology

9.2%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

Social Work

6.6%

Communication

5.6%

Education

4.9%

Management

4.7%

Human Resources Management

4.5%

Marketing

4.3%

Sociology

3.5%

Nursing

3.4%

Elementary Education

3.4%

Counseling Psychology

3.2%

Human Services

3.1%

English

2.7%

Political Science

2.5%

Educational Leadership

2.3%

Public Administration

2.2%

School Counseling

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.1%

Masters

30.3%

Other

13.6%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$39,000
Min 10%
$63,000
Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
The Dow Chemical Company
Highest Paying City
Bellevue, WA
Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Development Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Development Specialist in the United States is $63,890 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

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 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. Jersey City, NJ May 01, 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
Quantitative Analytics/Model Development Specialist I The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. Vienna, VA Feb 02, 2015 $130,000
Breakthrough Training and Development Specialist New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation New York, NY May 11, 2015 $130,000
Senior Development Specialist HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $128,000
Development Specialist HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. NY Sep 06, 2015 $128,000
Development Specialist II The Fountain Group LLC Lexington, MA Aug 25, 2016 $79,306
Training and Development Specialist Barceloneta LLC Miami Beach, FL Jul 01, 2015 $79,000
Training and Development Specialists Global Future City Holding Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 14, 2016 $79,000
Training and Development Specialist Uptown Real Estate Group, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 07, 2016 $77,730
Training and Development Specialist Uptown Real Estate Group, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 23, 2015 $77,730
Development Specialist Praxair, Inc. Tonawanda, NY Aug 28, 2015 $77,239
Dealer Development Specialist Trimble Navigation Limited Westminster, CO May 29, 2015 $75,941 -
$104,189
Training and Development Specialist (Asia Practice) Hauptman Ham, LLP Alexandria, VA Aug 31, 2016 $75,858
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
Associate Development Specialist Bentley Global Resources LLC Lexington, MA Aug 31, 2016 $57,013 -
$68,182
Training and Development Specialist Beta Planet Inc. Fremont, CA Dec 09, 2016 $56,349
Development Specialist Integrated Resources, Inc. Lexington, MA Aug 03, 2015 $56,349
Category Development Specialist Compass Group USA Inc. Charlotte, NC Sep 01, 2015 $56,238
Operational Development Specialist Ericsson Inc. Plano, TX Oct 24, 2016 $56,160 -
$80,236

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Top Skills for A Development Specialist

  1. Training Programs
  2. Procedures
  3. Curriculum Development
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  • Created and delivered training programs using Addie instructional design methods on internal Group Health systems, Medicare and Medicaid regulatory requirements.
  • Deliver training on general technical / manufacturing knowledge to provide a deeper level of understanding of manufacturing procedures and processes.
  • Analyzed technical training needs, assisted in curriculum development, prepared course material and instructed students in a classroom environment.
  • Maintain a healthy and safe environment for a therapeutic residential treatment facility for adolescent females.
  • Advised Director on competency-based selection and development, increasing customer service experience by aligning employee selection and development with strategy.

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