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Working As A Job Training Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Job Training 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 Job Training 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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Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$144,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Manassas, VA
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Job Training Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Job Training Specialist in the United States is $77,643 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $144,000.

Real Job Training Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Job Analysis Specialist Prolink, LLC Dadeville, AL Jun 13, 2014 $150,000
Job Training Specialist Dentopia, Inc. Manassas Park, VA Oct 01, 2012 $64,800
Job Training Specialist Dentopia, Inc. Manassas Park, VA Sep 28, 2012 $64,000
Job Anlysis Specialist Hyundai Power Transformers USA Inc. Montgomery, AL Jan 15, 2015 $63,000
Job Training Specialist Dentopia, Inc. Manassas Park, VA Oct 01, 2012 $60,000
Job Training Specialist YM Dental Lab Inc. Manassas, VA Oct 10, 2012 $60,000
Job Training Specialist Cesna Group Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Sep 01, 2012 $46,290
Job Training Specialist Cesna Group Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $46,290
Job Training Specialist Cesna Group Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $46,290
Job Training Specialist Manhattan Employment Services Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $46,134
Job Training Specialist Cesna Group Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Sep 14, 2013 $45,351
Job Training Specialist Cesna Group Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $45,225
Job Training Specialist for Nurses RN Express Staffing Registry, LLC New York, NY Oct 18, 2010 $45,225
Job Training Specialist YM Dental Lab, Inc. Manassas, VA Oct 01, 2011 $44,411
Job Analysis Specialist Advansoft, Inc. Edison, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $44,000 -
$50,000
Job Training Specialist Han Song Yang, Inc. Chantilly, VA Apr 01, 2013 $43,681
Job Training Specialist Cesna Group Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Sep 17, 2016 $38,693

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Top Skills for A Job Training Specialist

  1. Job-Readiness Training
  2. Developmental Disabilities
  3. Training Programs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Support students with disabilities with job-readiness training as outlined by the employer.
  • Coordinated or performed administrative functions necessary to deliver and document training programs.
  • Marketed specific consumer candidates to potential employers.
  • Provide real life skills and CAD drafting and manufacturing experience to incarcerated people to help reduce recidivism in Idaho.
  • Provided job placement services and community resource development and outreach.

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Top 10 Best States for Job Training Specialists

  1. North Dakota
  2. Minnesota
  3. Vermont
  4. Colorado
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Virginia
  7. North Carolina
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Delaware
  10. Wyoming
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Job Training Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

62.3%

Male

27.8%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

63.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

Portuguese

19.0%

Swedish

4.8%

French

4.8%

Cantonese

4.8%

Mandarin

4.8%

Thai

4.8%
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Job Training Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.6%

California State University - Fresno

7.3%

Northeastern University

6.1%

Mississippi Valley State University

6.1%

University of Akron

4.9%

Webster University

4.9%

Nazareth College of Rochester

4.9%

West Virginia University

4.9%

Walden University

4.9%

Jackson State University

4.9%

ITT Technical Institute-San Antonio

3.7%

Coppin State University

3.7%

Indiana State University

3.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

Northeastern Illinois University

3.7%

Westfield State University

3.7%

Delta State University

3.7%

Delaware State University

3.7%

Missouri State University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

19.8%

Psychology

10.6%

Education

8.1%

Social Work

5.9%

Communication

5.9%

School Counseling

5.1%

Management

5.1%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Rehabilitation Science

4.4%

Elementary Education

4.0%

Human Resources Management

3.7%

Accounting

3.7%

Educational Leadership

3.3%

General Studies

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Sociology

2.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.6%

Computer Science

1.8%

Curriculum And Instruction

1.8%

Mental Health Counseling

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.7%

Masters

30.8%

Other

15.9%

Associate

7.3%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

2.7%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.2%
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