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Become A Sergeant First Class

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Working As A Sergeant First Class

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $54,053

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Sergeant First Class does

  • Establish SOP's, timelines, training, and additional duties for the Platoon.
  • Served as a Platoon Sergeant during time period.
  • Trained in mechanical maintenance, communications, and physical security.
  • Supervised the professional development and training of 15 personnel.
  • Employed individual weapons, machine guns, and anti-armor weapons in offensive and defensive ground combat.
  • Maintained and controlled 100% property accountability of 2.5 million dollars of maintained repair parts.
  • Prepare and support subordinate units for deployment, while continuing to perform regular Battalion duties.
  • Examine employee files to answer inquiries and provide information for personnel actions.
  • Coordinated logistical support, procurement, storage, distribution, and security.
  • Provided technical assistance and guidance.
  • Awarded Good Conduct Medal for 3 years in service with no violation of Army standards.
  • Non-Commissioned Officer, Squad Leader, Mentor, CBRN Advisor (Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear).
  • Supervised the transitional training from civilian to Soldier.
  • Joint Task Force Sierra night shift operations NCOIC.
  • Coordinated the annual trade show for the US Army Engineer Center.
  • Inspect maintenance job order on vehicles and equipment for quality assurance of repairs to military standards.
  • Rank at Honorable Discharge: Sergeant 1st Class (E-7) Airborne Ranger.
  • Maintained the highest level security clearance.
  • Led aircraft support team engaging enemy combatants in support of Desert Shield/Storm.
  • Fire Warden and Affiliate Facility for AHA BLS

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How To Become A Sergeant First Class

Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree, and most need related work experience.


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.


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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41,282 Sergeant First Class jobs

U.S. Capitol Police
Washington, DC
CERT Sergeant

$30,160 Estimated

Management & Training Corporion
Henderson, TX

$32,916 Estimated

City of Scottsbluff
Scottsbluff, NE

$86,000 Estimated

Management & Training Corporion
Holly Springs, MS

$32,916 Estimated

Cleveland Clinic
Weston, FL

$75,490 Estimated

University of Utah Medical Group
Salt Lake City, UT
Security Sergeant-Hospital

$49,639 Estimated

Boston, MA
Reserve Sergeant

$46,800 Estimated

GEO Group Inc.
Hobbs, NM

$30,160 Estimated

Lawrence General Hospital
Lawrence, MA

$30,160 Estimated

City of Scottsbluff
Scottsbluff, NE

$86,000 Estimated

City of Scottsbluff
Scottsbluff, NE

$86,000 Estimated

GEO Group Inc.
Adelanto, CA

$44,347 Estimated

GEO Group Inc.
Bonham, TX

$32,916 Estimated

San Antonio Regional Hospital
Upland, CA
Shift Sergeant

$44,347 Estimated

Leesville, LA
Army Sergeant

$86,000 Estimated

Prairie Meadows
Altoona, IA
Security Sergeant

$39,090 Estimated

Colleges of The Fenway
Boston, MA
Reserve Sergeant - MCPHS University

$43,534 Estimated

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
CSO Sergeant

$40,920 Estimated

Truman Medical Centers
Kansas City, MO
Sergeant - Hospital Hill (Varied Shifts)

$48,844 Estimated

GEO Group Inc.
Pine Prairie, LA

$30,160 Estimated

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Top Skills for A Sergeant First Class


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Top Sergeant First Class Skills

  1. Personnel Actions
  2. Combat
  3. Vehicles
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared, updated and coordinated requests for monthly evaluations and conducted weekly reports on status of personnel actions.
  • Entrusted to develop and train 60 soldiers every nine weeks for combat survival and basic army skills.
  • Maintained and monitored inventory office equipment, computer equipment and government vehicles.
  • Served as a Platoon Sergeant and responsible for the mentoring of 60 Soldiers.
  • Supervised and was responsible for the radar section personnel's health and welfare, and ensured compliance with all safety procedures.
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