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Working As A Learning Development Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $70,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Learning 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 Learning 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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Learning Development Specialist Career Paths

Learning Development Specialist
Manager, Learning & Development
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Store Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Store Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Director Of Human Resources Vice President
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Director Of Human Resources Assistant Vice President
Manager, Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Project Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Project Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Project Manager Regional Manager
Regional Sales Director
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager General Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Owner Senior Vice President
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Assistant Director Director Of Training
Training Development Director
8 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Property Manager Portfolio Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Department Manager Support Manager
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Learning And Development Consultant Senior Training Specialist
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Adjunct Professor Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Learning And Development Consultant Developer/Consultant Senior Training Specialist
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Learning Manager 3.4 years
Top Careers Before Learning Development Specialist
Trainer 4.9%
Teacher 4.0%
Internship 4.0%
Consultant 3.8%
Recruiter 3.5%
Supervisor 3.5%
Top Careers After Learning Development Specialist
Consultant 5.4%
Manager 3.6%
Trainer 3.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$70,000
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$45,000
Min 10%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$70,000
Median 50%
$108,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Parrish Medical Center
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Learning Development Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Learning Development Specialist in the United States is $70,339 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $108,000.

Real Learning Development Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Learning and Development Specialist Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 13, 2016 $136,048
People Development Learning Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 28, 2015 $130,500
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 -
$145,760
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
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 -
$99,595
Senior Learning & Development (L&D) Specialist/Program Lead ABB Inc. Cary, NC Sep 04, 2015 $81,224 -
$134,300
Senior Learning & Development (L&D) Specialist/Program Lead ABB Inc. Cary, NC Apr 09, 2015 $81,224 -
$134,300
Ilearn Development Specialist NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Oct 01, 2014 $80,000
Learning & Development Specialist Riot Games, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Sep 18, 2013 $73,445 -
$90,000
Learning and Development Specialist Travelport, LP Atlanta, GA Jul 20, 2015 $70,075
Learning and Development Specialist Pacific Drilling Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 25, 2014 $65,340
Senior Learning & Development Specialist Globalfoundries U.S. Inc. Malta, NY Mar 14, 2011 $60,500 -
$106,000
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 -
$80,000

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Top Skills for A Learning Development Specialist

  1. Training Programs
  2. Learning Management System
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and implemented a broad range of training programs to effectively develop individual contributors, managers and leaders.
  • Provided technical instruction, Learning Management System administration and instructional systems design for a 500+ employee aerospace manufacturing facility.
  • Deliver and facilitate training including New Hire Orientation, ACE Customer Service, Time Management and operations-specific training programs.
  • Developed and manage Leadership Development Program that improves ELT and Director's capabilities in driving aggressive company growth objectives.
  • Project managing organizational development consulting projects, contributing as an expert on various consulting teams and managing administration for the organization.

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Top 10 Best States for Learning Development Specialists

  1. Rhode Island
  2. New Jersey
  3. Washington
  4. Virginia
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Connecticut
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Minnesota
  9. Delaware
  10. California
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Learning Development Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

62.2%

Male

28.7%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

63.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.9%

French

17.0%

Arabic

6.4%

Portuguese

4.3%

Russian

4.3%

Swedish

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Danish

2.1%

Turkish

2.1%

Azerbaijani

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Hindi

2.1%

Urdu

2.1%

Italian

2.1%
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Learning Development Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.5%

Capella University

9.4%

Ashford University

6.6%

George Washington University

4.4%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.4%

San Diego State University

4.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

Teachers College of Columbia University

3.9%

University of Houston

3.9%

Northeastern University

3.9%

New York University

3.3%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.3%

Webster University

3.3%

American InterContinental University

3.3%

Western Governors University

3.3%

Western Illinois University

3.3%

Villanova University

3.3%

Grand Canyon University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

25.8%

Human Resources Management

11.8%

Communication

7.7%

Psychology

6.8%

Education

6.3%

Counseling Psychology

5.1%

Elementary Education

4.8%

Management

4.2%

Marketing

4.0%

English

3.0%

Political Science

2.8%

Finance

2.3%

Community Organization And Advocacy

2.2%

Educational Technology

2.2%

Public Relations

2.1%

Curriculum And Instruction

1.9%

Educational Leadership

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

Computer Science

1.5%

Nursing

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.8%

Masters

37.6%

Other

11.5%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.6%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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