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Working As A Technical Trainer

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Trainer 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 Technical Trainer

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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Technical Trainer Career Paths

Technical Trainer
Pharmacist Technician Office Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Service Manager Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Account Executive
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager Account Executive
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Training Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Training Consultant Training Manager Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Training Consultant Training Developer Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Sales Consultant Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Region Trainer 3.3 years
Corporate Trainer 3.2 years
Technical Trainer 3.0 years
Trainer Lead 2.9 years
Software Trainer 2.6 years
Trainer 2.6 years
Contractor/Trainer 2.4 years
Program Trainer 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Trainer 8.4%
Instructor 6.8%
Technician 6.6%
Manager 4.9%
Teacher 4.8%
Internship 4.4%
Cashier 3.7%
Consultant 3.6%
Top Employers After
Trainer 6.6%
Technician 6.5%
Consultant 6.5%
Instructor 5.2%
Owner 4.6%
Manager 4.1%

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Technical Trainer Demographics

Gender

Male

60.2%

Female

38.0%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

4.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.1%

French

12.1%

German

6.0%

Portuguese

4.0%

Russian

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Mandarin

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Italian

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Swahili

0.7%

Cherokee

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Finnish

0.7%

Braille

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Irish

0.7%

Persian

0.7%
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Technical Trainer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.6%

Community College of the Air Force

6.5%

Capella University

6.0%

University of Maryland - University College

5.8%

Strayer University

4.8%

Central Texas College

4.5%

George Mason University

4.3%

Ashford University

4.0%

University of Alabama

3.8%

Purdue University

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Troy University

3.5%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

George Washington University

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.0%

Florida State University

3.0%

American InterContinental University

3.0%

University of Texas at Austin

3.0%

Columbia Southern University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

25.3%

Computer Science

8.3%

Education

6.4%

Electrical Engineering

6.2%

Management

5.2%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Information Technology

4.8%

Communication

4.1%

Psychology

3.5%

Elementary Education

3.4%

Educational Technology

3.3%

Marketing

3.3%

English

3.0%

Human Resources Management

3.0%

Criminal Justice

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Automotive Technology

2.5%

General Studies

2.3%

Nursing

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.7%

Masters

22.6%

Other

22.6%

Associate

11.2%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.3%
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Real Technical Trainer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Technical Trainer Mirantis, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 23, 2015 $185,000
Corporate Technical Trainer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2016 $147,005
Corporate Technical Trainer Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Aug 24, 2016 $140,000
Cust/Tech Training MGR. Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Dec 13, 2013 $136,760 -
$156,760
Technical Training Management Siemens Industry, Inc. Schenectady, NY Jul 03, 2015 $121,000
Technical Trainer Cepheid Sunnyvale, CA Sep 22, 2016 $117,140
Technical Trainer Vmware, Inc. Redondo Beach, CA Nov 25, 2013 $114,546
Technical Trainer Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Oct 01, 2013 $111,197
Tech Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services Herndon, VA Dec 14, 2015 $111,000
Tech Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Herndon, VA Dec 21, 2015 $110,000
Enterprise Partner Technical Trainer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 13, 2016 $103,800
Enterprise Partner Technical Trainer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Feb 04, 2015 $103,800
Software Systems Technical Trainer Axxonsoft Us, Inc. Anaheim, CA Jul 30, 2014 $102,263
Technical Trainer VST Consulting Inc. Iselin, NJ Sep 11, 2015 $65,770
Technical Trainer (.NET) Hire It People, LLC Redmond, WA Jan 04, 2013 $64,697 -
$70,958
Technical Trainer Ericsson Inc. Plano, TX Aug 24, 2015 $63,847 -
$95,771
Technical Trainer Ericsson Inc. Plano, TX Oct 11, 2015 $63,847 -
$95,771
Technical Trainer Ericsson Inc. Plano, TX Jul 26, 2016 $62,899 -
$78,058
Technical Trainer Anjaneyap Inc. Milpitas, CA May 22, 2014 $62,610
Technical Trainer (.NET) Hire It People, LLC Rolling Meadows, IL Mar 08, 2013 $62,610
Technical Trainer Ericsson Inc. Plano, TX Oct 01, 2014 $53,019 -
$76,815
Technical Trainer Logicatech, Inc. Richmond, VA Aug 05, 2013 $53,000
Technical Trainer American Infosys, Inc. Richmond, VA Aug 05, 2013 $53,000
Technical Trainer Canvas Infotech, Inc. Fremont, CA Nov 30, 2015 $52,175
Technical Trainer Canvas Infotech, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 02, 2016 $52,175
Technical Trainer Ericsson Inc. Plano, TX Apr 08, 2014 $50,585 -
$75,878
Technical Trainer Ericsson Inc. Plano, TX Dec 31, 2015 $50,398 -
$93,219

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Top Skills for A Technical Trainer

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  1. Training Programs
  2. Procedures
  3. Safety
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  • Delivered multiple highly successful training programs and initiatives aligned with individual customer requirements for emerging technologies and consulting services.
  • Write and develop technical standard operating procedures by interviewing staff, coordinating meetings and conducting program overview.
  • Maintained safety by patrolling and monitoring dorms and Center grounds and entered documentation of all discrepancies into electronic reports.
  • Provided operational support, maintenance functions and technical support for data networks.
  • Enforced positive customer service coverage by routinely checking on classes in progress and counseling participants as needed.

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