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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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University of Phoenix17.4%
University of Central Florida6.5%
George Washington University5.5%
Grand Canyon University5.5%
Wayne State University4.5%
University of North Florida4.0%
Pennsylvania State University4.0%
James Madison University4.0%
University of Oklahoma4.0%
University of New Mexico4.0%
University of Northern Colorado3.5%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.5%
Nova Southeastern University3.5%
Portland State University3.5%
Teachers College of Columbia University3.5%
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|Machine Learning Specialist (Computer Research Scientist)||Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC||Livermore, CA||Jun 15, 2016||$175,200|
|People Development Learning Specialist||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Apr 28, 2015||$130,500|
|Machine Learning Specialist||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Aug 02, 2013||$130,000 -
|Machine Learning Specialist||Edmodo, Inc.||San Mateo, CA||Jul 01, 2014||$120,000|
|Learning Specialist||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 09, 2013||$110,000|
|E-Learning Specialist||Aerotek, Inc.||Princeton, NJ||Aug 02, 2010||$106,437|
|E-Learning Specialist||Aerotek, Inc.||Princeton, NJ||Jul 05, 2010||$106,437|
|Machine Learning Specialist||Aureon Laboratories||Yonkers, NY||May 26, 2010||$100,000|
|Machine Learning Specialist||Sears Holdings Management Corporation||Hoffman Estates, IL||Feb 28, 2011||$91,728 -
|Machine Learning Specialist||Sears Holdings Management Corporation||Hoffman Estates, IL||Apr 01, 2012||$90,667 -
|Learning Specialist||Bloomberg, LP||New York, NY||Nov 05, 2011||$90,000|
|Learning and OD Specialist||Dana-Farber Cancer Institute||Boston, MA||Nov 11, 2010||$86,923|
|Statistical, Learning and Evaluation Specialist||The Latin American Youth Center, Inc.||Washington, DC||Jul 09, 2016||$85,000|
|Outreach & Distance Learning Specialist||Touro University-Ca||Vallejo, CA||Nov 19, 2015||$75,837|
|Outreach & Distance Learning Specialist||Touro University-Ca||Vallejo, CA||May 20, 2015||$75,837|
|Learning Specialist||Baker Hughes Incorporated||Sugar Land, TX||Sep 20, 2015||$75,000|
|Learning Specialist||Baker Hughes Incorporated||Tomball, TX||Sep 20, 2015||$75,000|
|Outreach & Distance Learning Specialist||Touro University||Vallejo, CA||Aug 11, 2016||$74,909|
|Outreach & Distance Learning Specialist||Touro University-California||Vallejo, CA||Nov 08, 2013||$72,000|
|Data Scientist/Deep Learning Specialist||Vennsys LLC||Chicago, IL||Jun 09, 2016||$70,000|
|E-Learning Specialist||St. Rita's Medical Center||Lima, OH||Oct 01, 2013||$59,260|
|Hebrew Learning Specialist||Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School of Greater Washington, Inc.||Rockville, MD||Sep 23, 2016||$58,570|
|Learning Specialist||The Whitby School, Inc.||Greenwich, CT||Jun 02, 2012||$55,000 -
|Learning Specialist||The Yellin Center||New York, NY||Sep 09, 2015||$55,000|
|Learning Analytics Specialist||Marist College||Poughkeepsie, NY||Jan 01, 2014||$53,900|
|Learning Analytics Specialist||Marist College||Poughkeepsie, NY||Jan 01, 2014||$53,000|
|Learning Specialist||Lycee Francais de New York||New York, NY||Aug 01, 2010||$50,610 -
|E-Learning Specialist||St. Rita's Medical Center||Lima, OH||Oct 01, 2010||$50,000 -
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