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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Machine Learning Developer||Referly, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Feb 02, 2015||$200,000|
|Senior Learning and Development Specialist||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Apr 13, 2016||$136,048|
|Learning and Development Training Specialist||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2009||$130,000|
|Senior Learning and Development Specialist||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jun 15, 2015||$125,760|
|Senior Learning and Development Specialist* (Cont'd In H.14)||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jan 13, 2016||$125,760 -
|Learning & Development Specialist||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Jul 21, 2015||$112,500|
|Learning and Development Specialist||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Jul 10, 2013||$104,000|
|Learning and Development Specialist||Google, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Oct 03, 2014||$100,000|
|Learning and Development Specialist||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 18, 2015||$96,000|
|Watson Commerce Machine Learning Developer||IBM Corporation||Durham, NC||Sep 17, 2016||$95,014 -
|Watson Commerce Machine Learning Developer||IBM Corporation||Durham, NC||Sep 20, 2016||$95,014 -
|Watson Commerce Machine Learning Developer||IBM Corporation||Durham, NC||Sep 25, 2016||$95,014 -
|Learning and Development Specialist||Microsoft Corporation||Issaquah, WA||Oct 01, 2010||$88,000|
|Learning and Development Specialist II||Gilead Sciences, Inc.||Foster City, CA||Jul 12, 2016||$85,384 -
|Senior Learning & Development (L&D) Specialist/Program Lead||ABB Inc.||Cary, NC||Apr 09, 2015||$81,224 -
|Senior Learning & Development (L&D) Specialist/Program Lead||ABB Inc.||Cary, NC||Sep 04, 2015||$81,224 -
|Learning and Development Representative||Cisco Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Jun 15, 2010||$74,672 -
|Learning and Development Specialist||Travelport, LP||Atlanta, GA||Jul 20, 2015||$70,075|
|Learning & Development Representative||Cisco Systems, Inc.||Austin, TX||Jun 16, 2013||$67,700 -
|Learning and Development Specialist||Pacific Drilling Services, Inc.||Houston, TX||Jan 25, 2014||$65,340|
|Learning and Development Representative||Cisco Systems, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Sep 22, 2010||$65,166 -
|Senior Learning & Development Specialist||Globalfoundries U.S. Inc.||Malta, NY||Mar 14, 2011||$60,500 -
|Machine Learning Developer||Ninoh, Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 11, 2015||$60,000|
|Learning and Development Specialist||DHL Regional Services, Inc.||Plantation, FL||Sep 22, 2014||$60,000|
|Learning and Development Specialist||Engie North America Inc.||Seattle, WA||Jan 11, 2016||$58,000 -
|Learning Design and Development Specialist||Delhaize America Shared Services Group, LLC||Salisbury, NC||Feb 21, 2011||$58,000|
|Learning Design and Development Specialist||Food Lion, LLC||Salisbury, NC||Aug 02, 2010||$58,000|
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