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Working As a Learning Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $57,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Learning 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 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 Specialist Career Paths

Learning Specialist
Instructional Designer Training Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Training Manager Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Training Manager Director Of Human Resources
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Project Manager Vice President
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Project Manager Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Training Specialist Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Principal Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Manager Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Team Leader Chairperson
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Subject Matter Expert Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Development Specialist Senior Training Specialist
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Program Manager Portfolio Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Education Consultant Training Consultant Senior Training Specialist
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Education Consultant Educational Manager Director Of Training
Training Development Director
8 Yearsyrs
Learning Development Specialist Development Specialist Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Platoon Sergeant Senior Training Specialist
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Learning Manager 3.4 years
Course Developer 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Learning Specialist
Teacher 18.4%
Internship 6.9%
Instructor 6.2%
Tutor 4.3%
Consultant 3.5%
Director 2.8%
Educator 2.6%
Top Careers After Learning Specialist
Teacher 12.5%
Instructor 6.8%
Consultant 4.6%
Director 3.5%
Internship 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$57,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Amazon
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Learning Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Learning Specialist in the United States is $57,342 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $85,000.

Real Learning Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Machine Learning Specialist (Computer Research Scientist) Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC Livermore, CA Jun 15, 2016 $175,200
Machine Learning Specialist Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 02, 2013 $130,000 -
$150,000
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 -
$100,000
Machine Learning Specialist Sears Holdings Management Corporation Hoffman Estates, IL Apr 01, 2012 $90,667 -
$100,000
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 Tomball, TX Sep 20, 2015 $75,000
Learning Specialist Baker Hughes Incorporated Sugar Land, 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
E-Learning Specialist St. Rita's Medical Center Lima, OH Oct 01, 2013 $69,200
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 Yellin Center New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $55,000
Learning Specialist The Whitby School, Inc. Greenwich, CT Jun 02, 2012 $55,000 -
$70,000
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 -
$82,000
E-Learning Specialist St. Rita's Medical Center Lima, OH Oct 01, 2010 $50,000 -
$60,000

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Top Skills for A Learning Specialist

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Training Programs
  3. Classroom Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborate with the curriculum development, engineering, and content development teams to develop a comprehensive and consistent academic program.
  • Modified/updated and presented training programs for representative/agents and first line supervisors on new products/services, selling skills, and/or system changes.
  • Supervised/trained new and veteran teachers in classroom management and curriculum development.
  • Work cooperatively with English and Math teachers for student learning and provide opportunities for student success.
  • Supported students enrolled in online courses

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Top 10 Best States for Learning Specialists

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  7. Washington
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Learning Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

60.9%

Male

28.5%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.1%

Japanese

6.5%

French

6.5%

Portuguese

4.3%

Carrier

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Italian

3.2%

Tagalog

2.2%

Chinese

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Malayalam

1.1%

Marathi

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Kannada

1.1%

Occidental

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%
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Learning Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.2%

Walden University

6.5%

Capella University

5.9%

University of Central Florida

5.6%

Grand Canyon University

5.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.0%

George Washington University

5.0%

Teachers College of Columbia University

4.7%

Liberty University

4.1%

University of Oklahoma

4.1%

New York University

3.8%

Touro College

3.8%

University of Houston

3.6%

Lesley University

3.6%

University of Northern Colorado

3.3%

Wayne State University

3.3%

Temple University

3.3%

Florida International University

3.3%

Johns Hopkins University

3.3%

Brigham Young University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

15.6%

Education

12.3%

Special Education

12.1%

Elementary Education

8.0%

Educational Leadership

5.7%

Psychology

5.6%

English

4.4%

Educational Technology

4.1%

Human Resources Management

4.0%

Counseling Psychology

3.8%

Communication

3.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.3%

Curriculum And Instruction

3.1%

School Counseling

2.7%

Social Work

2.3%

Early Childhood Education

2.2%

Marketing

2.0%

Management

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Nursing

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

46.1%

Bachelors

27.9%

Other

12.1%

Doctorate

4.8%

Associate

4.6%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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