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Working As An Organizational Development Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $76,810

    Average Salary

What Does An Organizational 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 An Organizational 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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Organizational Development Specialist Career Paths

Organizational Development Specialist
Operations Manager General Manager Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Product Manager District Sales Manager
Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Senior Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Director Of Human Resources Adjunct Faculty
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Organizational Development Manager Organizational Development Director Director Of Human Resources
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Senior Consultant Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Organizational Development Manager Director Of Human Resources Senior Recruiter
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Manager, Learning & Development Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Development Manager Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Attorney Human Resources Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Management Consultant Program Director Recruiter
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.2%
Recruiter 4.3%
Trainer 4.0%
Internship 4.0%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.7%
Director 3.7%
Owner 3.3%
Recruiter 2.7%

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Organizational Development Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

61.6%

Male

36.6%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

9.0%

Unknown

3.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.9%

French

11.9%

Mandarin

7.1%

Portuguese

2.4%

Hungarian

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Cantonese

2.4%

Filipino

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Russian

2.4%
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Organizational Development Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.4%

Case Western Reserve University

6.2%

University of Houston

6.2%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

6.2%

University of Central Florida

5.2%

Capella University

5.2%

Western Michigan University

5.2%

San Diego State University

5.2%

Troy University

4.1%

Adelphi University

4.1%

Central Michigan University

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

University of California - Berkeley

4.1%

University of Southern California

4.1%

Michigan State University

4.1%

Teachers College of Columbia University

4.1%

University of Chicago

4.1%

Ohio University -

3.1%

Western Governors University

3.1%

Chapman University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

28.5%

Counseling Psychology

16.9%

Human Resources Management

14.6%

Psychology

7.2%

Management

4.4%

Communication

4.2%

Education

3.5%

Elementary Education

3.5%

Social Work

1.9%

Project Management

1.9%

Sociology

1.9%

Music

1.6%

Political Science

1.6%

Public Relations

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Nursing

1.2%

Public Administration

1.2%

School Counseling

0.9%

Curriculum And Instruction

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

53.9%

Bachelors

24.6%

Other

7.4%

Doctorate

6.5%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

3.2%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Organizational Development Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Organizational Deveopment/Training Specialist Training Resources Group Inc. Arlington, VA Oct 01, 2015 $132,500 -
$142,500
Organizational Development & Management Specialist Results Based Leadership Group. Inc. Weston, FL Sep 01, 2015 $105,000
Organizational Change Management Specialist Lenovo (United States) Inc. Morrisville, NC Aug 24, 2013 $95,000 -
$105,000
Organizational Development Specialist Forever Cheese, Inc. Islandia, NY Oct 01, 2014 $89,000
Organizational Development Specialist III Ing Bank, FSB Los Angeles, CA Oct 27, 2010 $80,000
Organizational Development Specialist Ing Direct Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2009 $80,000
Senior Organizational Development Specialist The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation New York, NY Sep 11, 2012 $73,000
Organizational Development Specialist Accion International, Inc. Boston, MA Mar 02, 2015 $70,000
Organizational Development Specialist Accion International, Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 02, 2015 $70,000
Senior Organizational Development Specialist Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 16, 2010 $66,438 -
$107,962
Organizational Development, Communication & Media Specialist Terraform Consulting, LLC San Francisco, CA Jan 03, 2015 $65,000
Organizational Development, Communication & Media Specialist Terraform Consulting, LLC San Francisco, CA Mar 01, 2015 $65,000
Organizational Effectiveness Specialist, Latin AME Esco Corporation Portland, OR Oct 01, 2010 $64,316
Organizational Development Specialist Medidata Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $63,250
Organizational Development Specialist City of Kansas City, Missouri Kansas City, MO Sep 09, 2014 $60,000
Organizational Development Specialist Kohler Company Kohler, WI Feb 02, 2010 $58,550
Organizational Development Specialist The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation New York, NY Dec 19, 2011 $55,000 -
$70,000
Organizational Development Specialist H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institut Tampa, FL Aug 25, 2012 $55,000
Organizational Development Specialist Accion International, Inc. Boston, MA May 25, 2012 $54,500 -
$65,000
Organizational Development Specialist Amberwood Academy LLC Lauderhill, FL May 18, 2011 $50,000

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Top Skills for An Organizational Development Specialist

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  1. Training Programs
  2. HR
  3. Competency
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and implemented metrics to measure training programs impact, effectiveness, appropriateness, and utilization.
  • Managed oversight of the organizational development team through the implementation of a succession plan across the entirety of the organization.
  • Created and implemented an organizational-wide competency-based performance management system.
  • Served as both a technical and functional expert on Talent Management Business Process and Cornerstone OnDemand Talent Management System Implementation teams.
  • Initiated, championed and modeled change management to develop an organizational mindset that drove process improvement, ownership and accountability.

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