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Working As A Senior Training Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $77,460

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Training 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 Senior Training 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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Senior Training Specialist Career Paths

Senior Training Specialist
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Trainer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Training Developer Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Training Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Program Manager Marketing Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Development Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Trainer Technician Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Specialist 3.6 years
Training Developer 3.3 years
Technical Trainer 3.0 years
Training Manager 3.0 years
Trainer Lead 2.8 years
Training Analyst 2.6 years
Contractor/Trainer 2.4 years
Training Assistant 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Trainer 9.4%
Instructor 5.8%
Consultant 3.2%
Supervisor 3.0%
Manager 2.9%
Top Employers After
Trainer 4.8%
Consultant 4.5%
Manager 4.4%
Instructor 3.4%
Supervisor 3.0%
Director 2.7%

Senior Training Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

58.1%

Female

39.6%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

81.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.1%

French

9.8%

German

7.5%

Arabic

7.5%

Korean

4.6%

Mandarin

3.4%

Russian

3.4%

Chinese

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Hindi

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Portuguese

1.7%

Carrier

1.1%

Persian

1.1%

Swedish

0.6%

Gujarati

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%

Norwegian

0.6%

Dari

0.6%
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Senior Training Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.1%

Webster University

6.0%

Villanova University

5.2%

Central Texas College

5.2%

Capella University

5.2%

Troy University

4.9%

Liberty University

4.9%

American University

4.5%

Ashford University

4.3%

Strayer University

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.9%

Excelsior College

3.9%

Trident University International

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Columbia Southern University

3.5%

Michigan State University

3.4%

Cochise College

3.4%

New York University

3.0%

Wayland Baptist University

3.0%

Kaplan University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

31.1%

Education

7.2%

Human Resources Management

6.7%

Management

5.8%

Psychology

5.4%

Communication

5.2%

Criminal Justice

4.9%

Elementary Education

4.6%

General Studies

3.0%

English

2.8%

Information Technology

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Project Management

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Computer Science

2.2%

Finance

2.2%

Educational Technology

2.1%

Political Science

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Curriculum And Instruction

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.9%

Masters

29.8%

Other

17.1%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

4.3%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Senior Training Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
EOD & Cbrne Senior Trainer Federal Resources Supply Company Stevensville, MD Sep 18, 2013 $135,000
Senior Trainer ?What If! USA Limited New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $130,000
Training Specialist Tech Senior Baker Hughes Incorporated Houston, TX Sep 11, 2014 $111,351
Seior Training Specialist Merck & Co. Summit, NJ Aug 20, 2010 $98,776
Senior Customer Trainer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 13, 2015 $98,717 -
$152,100
Senior Customer Trainer Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 23, 2015 $98,717 -
$152,100
SR. Training and Implementation Specialist Starbucks Coffee Company San Francisco, CA May 27, 2014 $94,120 -
$100,000
Senior Ap1000 Operations Training Instructor Westinghouse Electric Company Cranberry, PA Jul 12, 2015 $94,000
Senior Ap1000 Operations Training Instructor Westinghouse Electric Company LLC Cranberry, PA Aug 19, 2016 $94,000
Senior Trainer Telerik Inc. Hudson, OH Apr 15, 2013 $90,000 -
$110,000
Senior Training and Communication Specialist The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford, Jr. Stanford, CA Aug 08, 2012 $87,000
Senior Consultant, Training and Development Specialist EGM Consulting, LLC Washington, DC Mar 18, 2015 $85,000
Senior Consultant, Training and Deployment Special The MacLaren Group International Inc. Danville, VA Oct 10, 2010 $84,795
Senior Training Consultant Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Oct 29, 2014 $84,000 -
$94,000
Senior Specialist/Trainer Mark Andy Inc. Chesterfield, MO Sep 21, 2013 $81,000
Senior Consultant, Training and Deployment Special The MacLaren Group International Inc. Danville, VA Oct 01, 2010 $78,263
Senior Consultant, Training and Deployment Special The MacLaren Group International Inc. Chickasha, OK Oct 15, 2010 $78,263
Senior Consultant, Training and Deployment Special The MacLaren Group International Inc. Danville, VA Oct 10, 2010 $78,263
Senior Training Consultant Nlyte Software Americas Limited San Jose, CA Feb 27, 2014 $72,900 -
$85,000
Senior Training Consultant Nlyte Software Americas Limited San Mateo, CA Aug 08, 2013 $71,700 -
$85,000
Senior Trainer Allscripts Healthcare, LLC Atlanta, GA Nov 23, 2011 $70,000
Senior Training Specialist Merck & Co., Inc. Summit, NJ Aug 20, 2010 $69,389
SR. Training and Development Specialist Genscript USA Inc. Piscataway, NJ Jun 01, 2016 $64,750
Senior Training Specialist/Engineer GP Strategies Corporation Houston, TX Feb 25, 2013 $60,320
Senior Associate Jc60-Training and Development Specialists Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Lees Summit, MO Feb 07, 2016 $60,000
Senior Trainer and Product Specialist Comquip, Inc. West Chester, PA Sep 23, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Training Specialist

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Top Senior Training Specialist Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Training Curriculum
  3. Training Classes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conducted and arranged for worker training in safety, repair, or maintenance techniques, operational procedures, or equipment use.
  • Developed and facilitated training curriculum in accordance with customer contractual commitments and company product offerings.
  • Prepared manuals, exercises, and visual aids for training classes in the classroom and on the web.
  • Interact with clients and utilized excellent organizational skills to arrange implementations of presentations and creating schedules/training materials.
  • Planned and implemented effective maintenance and training programs for skills qualification.

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