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:
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.
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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Trend and Product Development Specialist||Forever 21, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 17, 2013||$182,300 -
|Product Development Specialist||Cosmo Specialty Fibers, Inc.||Cosmopolis, WA||Sep 14, 2013||$130,200|
|Product Development Specialist||3M Company||Saint Paul, MN||Oct 01, 2016||$111,939|
|Product Development Specialist||Yagi Tsusho America Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 11, 2015||$102,814|
|ECS Product Development Specialist||Tyrula LLC||McLean, VA||Jan 01, 2015||$100,000|
|Product Development Specialist||Tata Communications (America) Inc.||Matawan, NJ||Sep 11, 2015||$98,571|
|Software Product Development Specialist||Accenture LLP||Austin, TX||Nov 18, 2015||$97,115|
|Senior Marketing Research/Product Development Specialist||Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers||Piscataway, NJ||Jul 13, 2015||$96,408|
|Software Product Development Specialist||Accenture LLP||Columbus, OH||Apr 25, 2016||$95,944|
|Software Product Development Specialist||Accenture LLP||Austin, TX||Apr 25, 2016||$95,944|
|Software Product Development Specialist||Accenture LLP||Austin, TX||Jun 01, 2016||$95,098|
|Product Development Specialist-Inks||Methode Electronics, Inc.||Chicago, IL||Aug 08, 2013||$95,000|
|Product Development Specialist (Food Scientist)||MacAbee Foods, LLC||West Nyack, NY||Jan 27, 2016||$75,000|
|Product Development Purchasing Specialist||CNH Industrial America LLC||New Holland, PA||Sep 02, 2015||$74,750|
|Product Development Specialist||Ensmax LLC||Houston, TX||Oct 09, 2016||$73,880|
|Product Development Specialist||ACI Infotech Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Aug 25, 2016||$72,000|
|Product Development Specialist||Buckman Laboratories, Inc.||Memphis, TN||Sep 14, 2016||$72,000|
|Associate Product Development Specialist||Kellogg North America Company||Battle Creek, MI||Feb 18, 2013||$71,300|
|Associate Product Development Specialist||Kellogg Company||Battle Creek, MI||May 09, 2013||$71,300|
|Product Development Specialist||Sweden Unlimited LLC||New York, NY||Sep 10, 2013||$55,000|
|Product Development Specialist||Barilla America, Inc.||Bannockburn, IL||Sep 02, 2015||$53,498|
|Associate Product Development Specialist||Multisorb Technologies, Inc.||Buffalo, NY||Sep 10, 2014||$53,144 -
|Marketing & Product Development Specialist||E-Filliate Inc.||Rancho Cordova, CA||Sep 18, 2015||$52,500|
|International Product Development Specialist||G&B Global Group, Inc.||Stafford, TX||Sep 12, 2014||$52,000|
|Associate Product Development Specialist||Multisorb Technologies, Inc.||Buffalo, NY||Sep 10, 2014||$51,854 -
|Research & Product Development Specialist||Tissuetech, Inc.||Miami, FL||Sep 26, 2014||$50,000|
|Product Development Specialist||Amity Technology, LLC||Fargo, ND||Aug 30, 2015||$50,000|
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