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Working As A Program Development Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Program 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 A Program 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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Program Development Specialist Career Paths

Program Development Specialist
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Director Director Of Human Resources
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Manager Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Owner Marketing Director
Community Relations Director
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Office Manager Assistant Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Supervisor Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Project Leader Information Technology Project Manager
Development & Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Clinical Supervisor Patient Care Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Development Specialist Grant Writer
Grant Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$72,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Median 50%
$127,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Serta Simmons Bedding
Highest Paying City
Kalamazoo, MI
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Program Development Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Program Development Specialist in the United States is $72,915 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

Real Program Development Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Program Development Specialist Draper Collective, LLC San Mateo, CA Jul 12, 2015 $130,000
Senior Program Development Specialist Childfund International Washington, DC Nov 07, 2011 $83,600
Restorative Program Development Specialist Riva Terrace Assisted Living, LLC Riva, MD Nov 20, 2009 $75,049
Restorative Programs Development Specialist Heritage Care, Inc. Hyattsville, MD Aug 20, 2009 $68,640
Program Development Specialist Amcien San Antonio, TX Sep 20, 2012 $66,720
Program Development Specialist Amcien San Antonio, TX Nov 15, 2011 $66,720
Program Development Specialist Amcien San Antonio, TX Oct 24, 2011 $66,720
Restorative Programs Development Specialist NMS Healthcare of Hyattsville LLC Hyattsville, MD Nov 22, 2010 $65,790
Restorative Program Development Specialist Glenlake Terrace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Waukegan, IL Oct 01, 2010 $64,780
Restorative Programs Development Specialist Heritage Care, Inc. Hyattsville, MD Aug 20, 2009 $64,697
Restorative Programs Development Specialist Heritage Care, Inc. Hyattsville, MD Oct 01, 2009 $64,697
Restorative Programs Development Specialist Heritage Care, Inc. Hyattsville, MD Aug 30, 2009 $64,697
Restorative Program Development Specialist Norridge Health Care and Rehabilitation Centre Norridge, IL Oct 01, 2012 $62,485
International Program Specialist-Program & Develop YFU International Educational Services, Inc. Bethesda, MD Sep 01, 2011 $61,500
Program Development Specialist-Leadership Developm Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Aug 31, 2013 $60,000
Program Development Specialist Draper Collective, LLC San Mateo, CA Aug 25, 2014 $60,000
Restorative Program Development Specialist Glen Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ltd. Northbrook, IL Nov 01, 2010 $59,897
Program Development Specialist Dallas Independent School District Dallas, TX Apr 22, 2013 $57,407
Program and Development Specialist, Film and TV Greenpoint Pictures, Inc. New York, NY Feb 15, 2016 $55,000
Restorative Programs Development Specialist Lake Shore Health Care & Rehabilitation Centre Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2009 $54,262
Program Development Specialist Operation California, Inc. Culver City, CA Feb 01, 2010 $53,219
Program Development and Management Specialist Flex Physical Therapy San Juan Capistrano, CA Oct 10, 2011 $53,010
Progam Development and Management Specialist Flex Physical Therapy San Juan Capistrano, CA Nov 01, 2011 $53,010
Program Development and Management Specialist Flex Physical Therapy San Juan Capistrano, CA Nov 01, 2011 $53,010
Restorative Program Development Specialist Mattoon Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, LLC Mattoon, IL Sep 18, 2010 $48,502
Program Development Specialist Marshall University Research Corporation Dunbar, WV Dec 22, 2009 $46,350
Program Development & Management Specialist The Children's Clinic of Dimmit & Zavala, P.A. Carrizo Springs, TX Sep 30, 2011 $46,185
Organization & Program Development Specialist Aproquen, Inc. Alexandria, VA Jan 09, 2016 $45,178

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Top Skills for A Program Development Specialist

  1. Technical Support
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Program Development
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  • Provided technical support and recommendations for publication, maintenance and design improvements of the DCSS Website.
  • Responded to grant-in-aid requests and conducted in-house monitoring to ensure compliance with federal and state requirements.
  • Conducted off-site presentations throughout Virginia region at area public schools to market Intercept Youth Services Therapeutic Day Treatment program development initiatives.
  • Provided research in National best-practice standards for similar training programs.
  • Resolve issues as they arise pertaining to the implementation of new policies.

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Top 10 Best States for Program Development Specialists

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  2. New Jersey
  3. Delaware
  4. Connecticut
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Virginia
  7. Washington
  8. Massachusetts
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  10. Minnesota
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Program Development Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

63.2%

Male

25.0%

Unknown

11.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

12.8%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.5%

Chinese

5.8%

Italian

5.8%

German

3.8%

Mandarin

3.8%

Portuguese

1.9%

Ukrainian

1.9%

Wolof

1.9%

French

1.9%

Amharic

1.9%

Braille

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Gujarati

1.9%

Thai

1.9%
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Program Development Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.7%

University of Oklahoma

9.2%

New York University

5.6%

Walden University

5.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.6%

George Washington University

4.9%

Florida State University

4.9%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.9%

Capella University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.2%

Nova Southeastern University

4.2%

West Virginia University

4.2%

Northeastern University

4.2%

Seton Hall University

4.2%

Temple University

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.5%

Georgia Southern University

3.5%

Oklahoma State University

3.5%

University of Arizona

3.5%

University of South Florida

2.8%
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Majors

Business

17.8%

Psychology

10.6%

Social Work

7.1%

Human Resources Management

5.8%

Communication

5.4%

Education

5.0%

Public Health

4.8%

Public Administration

4.6%

Political Science

4.6%

Nursing

3.7%

Management

3.7%

Counseling Psychology

3.5%

Human Services

3.3%

Educational Leadership

3.1%

Sociology

3.1%

Marketing

3.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.9%

Elementary Education

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Public Relations

2.5%
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Degrees

Masters

42.2%

Bachelors

35.2%

Other

10.1%

Doctorate

5.8%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

2.5%

Diploma

0.2%
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