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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
  • $70,717

    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
Reading Specialist Instructor Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Learning Consultant Senior Consultant Operations Director
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Professor Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Subject Matter Expert Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Reading Specialist Adjunct Professor Senior Software Engineer
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Director Of Human Resources
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Adjunct Faculty
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Learning Development Specialist Development Specialist Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Project Manager Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Learning Development Specialist Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Recruiter Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Learning Consultant Training Consultant Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Training Manager General Manager Technician
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Reading Specialist 3.8 years
Top Employers Before
Teacher 16.4%
Instructor 7.6%
Internship 6.9%
Consultant 4.4%
Tutor 3.8%
Educator 2.9%
Manager 2.8%
Top Employers After
Teacher 10.5%
Instructor 8.7%
Consultant 4.6%
Educator 3.4%

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Learning Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

66.3%

Male

31.3%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

62.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.2%

French

9.0%

Japanese

7.5%

Portuguese

6.0%

Carrier

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%

Italian

4.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Malayalam

1.5%

Marathi

1.5%

Kannada

1.5%

Occidental

1.5%

Greek

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Mandarin

1.5%
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Learning Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.3%

University of Central Florida

6.1%

Walden University

5.6%

Capella University

5.6%

Grand Canyon University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.1%

Wayne State University

4.6%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

University of Oklahoma

4.6%

National University

4.1%

Temple University

4.1%

Washington State University

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

University of Northern Colorado

3.6%

University of North Florida

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

Illinois State University

3.6%

James Madison University

3.6%

Teachers College of Columbia University

3.6%

University of Georgia

3.6%
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Majors

Business

17.3%

Education

12.3%

Special Education

11.3%

Elementary Education

7.9%

Educational Leadership

5.8%

Educational Technology

4.6%

Psychology

4.5%

Counseling Psychology

4.3%

English

4.1%

Communication

4.0%

Human Resources Management

3.8%

School Counseling

3.0%

Curriculum And Instruction

3.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.8%

Early Childhood Education

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Management

1.9%

History

1.9%

Human Services

1.9%

Social Work

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

45.5%

Bachelors

27.2%

Other

13.1%

Doctorate

5.9%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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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

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  1. Training Programs
  2. Curriculum
  3. Classroom Management
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  • Delivered training solutions including the design, delivery, coordination and evaluation of training programs.
  • Collaborate with the curriculum development, engineering, and content development teams to develop a comprehensive and consistent academic program.
  • Supervised/trained new and veteran teachers in classroom management and curriculum development.
  • Facilitated usability testing and incorporated best practices and standards for performance support systems and online learning.
  • Teach course designers and facilitators best practices for designing engaging student learning opportunities within a LMS environment.

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