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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 Latino8.4%
Black or African American1.0%
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University of Phoenix9.3%
University of Houston7.4%
Kent State University7.4%
Pennsylvania State University5.6%
Georgia State University5.6%
San Diego State University5.6%
University of Kansas5.6%
San Francisco State University5.6%
University of Maryland - University College3.7%
University of Nebraska at Omaha3.7%
Illinois State University3.7%
Savannah College of Art and Design3.7%
Arizona State University3.7%
Columbia College Chicago3.7%
Wayne State University3.7%
Saginaw Valley State University3.7%
Cuyahoga Community College3.7%
Indiana University Bloomington3.7%
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|ATG Advisor, Development-Lead E Commerce||CVS Pharmacy, Inc.||Woonsocket, RI||Jul 28, 2014||$120,000|
|ATG Developer, E-Commerce Systems||Michael KORS USA, Inc.||East Rutherford, NJ||Dec 08, 2014||$118,000|
|E-Commerce Developer||MacYs.Com, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jul 27, 2016||$117,238 -
|Developer, Webmethods/E||WWF Operating Company||Broomfield, CO||Nov 16, 2015||$115,000|
|E Learning Course Developer||Udacity, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Apr 01, 2016||$110,000|
|E Learning Course Developer||Udacity, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jul 11, 2015||$110,000|
|Commodities E-Trading Developer||Jpmorgan Chase & Co.||New York, NY||Jun 22, 2015||$110,000|
|Developer, E-Commerce Systems||VWR International, LLC||Radnor, PA||Jul 30, 2015||$109,907 -
|Developer, E-Commerce Systems||VWR International, LLC||Radnor, PA||Jan 14, 2014||$109,907 -
|E-Commerce Mid-Level Developer||Roomstogo.Com, Inc.||Seffner, FL||Dec 27, 2016||$106,122|
|Supervisor, APP Development Siebel SYS., E-Commerc||Carnival Corporation||Miami, FL||Dec 22, 2010||$105,206 -
|E-Commerce Mid-Level Developer||Roomstogo.Com, Inc.||Seffner, FL||Jun 15, 2015||$105,000|
|Service Oriented Architecture Developer/Software E||Interstate Batteries, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Dec 19, 2014||$103,947|
|Service Oriented Architecture Developer/Software E||Interstate Battery System of America, Inc.||Dallas, TX||Dec 19, 2014||$103,946|
|E-Learning Development Manager||Abbott Laboratories||Parkersburg, IL||Oct 26, 2009||$103,000|
|E-Learning Development Manager||Abbott Laboratories||Parkersburg, IL||Nov 16, 2009||$103,000|
|E-Commerce Developer III||Gordmans Stores, Inc.||Omaha, NE||Nov 21, 2016||$100,000|
|Expert, E-Crf Developer||Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation||East Hanover, NJ||Jul 11, 2013||$99,475|
|E-Commerce Developer||Genesis Software Solutions, Inc.||Bothell, WA||Sep 13, 2015||$81,432|
|ATG E-Commerce Developer||Trans American Information Systems Inc.||Richardson, TX||Jul 24, 2014||$75,000|
|E-Learning Developer||Axiom Sales Force Development, LLC.||Richardson, TX||Sep 17, 2013||$75,000|
|E-Commerce Developer||WHI Solutions Incorporated||Rye Brook, NY||Aug 31, 2012||$73,750|
|E-Learning Developer||Quality Software Services, Inc.||Columbia, MD||Jun 03, 2015||$73,091|
|E Learning Web Developer II||Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation||Savannah, GA||Apr 21, 2014||$72,000|
|E-Learning Lead Developer||Fusionforte Inc.||Union City, CA||May 01, 2013||$71,501|
|E-Market Developer||Logen America Express, LLC||Duluth, GA||Oct 01, 2013||$71,041|
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