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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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Hispanic or Latino10.4%
Black or African American0.6%
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University of Phoenix17.5%
Grand Canyon University7.6%
Nova Southeastern University6.3%
University of Connecticut4.9%
Teachers College of Columbia University4.5%
University of Kentucky4.0%
Michigan State University4.0%
New York University3.6%
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities3.6%
University of Texas at Austin3.6%
Ball State University3.6%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.1%
George Washington University3.1%
University of Arizona3.1%
Saint Cloud State University3.1%
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|Staff Algorithm Developer||Audience, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Mar 24, 2015||$165,000|
|IT Staff Developer||Nvidia Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Apr 10, 2016||$157,477|
|SR. Staff Malware Researcher, R&D||Fireeye, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Jan 15, 2013||$157,435 -
|Literacy Staff Developer||Mondo Publishing||New York, NY||Aug 13, 2012||$156,525|
|Engineer, SR. Staff-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 03, 2016||$145,392|
|Staff Data Developer||Think Big Analytics, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Aug 21, 2013||$145,000|
|Staff UX Developer||Visa USA||San Francisco, CA||Dec 28, 2015||$144,997 -
|Engineer, SR. Staff-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||San Jose, CA||May 01, 2014||$137,269 -
|Engineer, SR. Staff-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||May 01, 2014||$137,269 -
|Engineer, SR. Staff-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||Jan 05, 2014||$137,269 -
|Engineer, SR. Staff-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||San Jose, CA||Jan 05, 2014||$137,269 -
|Staff UX Developer||Visa USA||San Francisco, CA||Nov 18, 2015||$135,000 -
|Engineer Staff, HW Development||Lumentum Operations LLC||Milpitas, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$135,000|
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|Engineer, SR. Staff-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||CO||Dec 07, 2014||$112,181 -
|Engineer, SR. Staff-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||CO||Jul 12, 2014||$112,181 -
|Engineer, Staff II-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 15, 2013||$112,059 -
|Engineer, Staff II-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||Sunnyvale, CA||Oct 01, 2012||$112,000|
|Engineer, SR. Staff-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||Colorado Springs, CO||Jan 17, 2012||$111,500|
|Engineer, Staff II-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||May 01, 2014||$111,261 -
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|Engineer, Staff II-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||Irvine, CA||May 01, 2014||$96,387 -
|Engineer, Staff II-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||Irvine, CA||Jan 05, 2014||$96,387 -
|Engineer, Staff II-Hardware Development||Broadcom Corporation||Santa Clara, CA||May 04, 2015||$95,868 -
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