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Become A Trainer

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Working As A Trainer

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $34,640

    Average Salary

What Does A Trainer Do

A Trainer is responsible for developing and conducting product training programs for employees, students, and others. They conduct training sessions covering specified areas, such as production, sales, or corporate, in addition to testing the trainees’ progress and evaluating them.

How To Become A 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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Real Trainer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Precipitation Trainer Turner Industries Group, LLC Point Comfort, TX Jul 29, 2013 $155,792
Metallographic Trainer Dickson Testing South Gate, CA Jun 13, 2016 $120,162
LNG Trainer Bechtel Oil, Gas &Amp; Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 22, 2014 $110,301
LNG Trainer Bechtel Oil, Gas &Amp; Chemicals, Inc. Cameron, LA Jul 31, 2014 $110,301
Enterprise Trainer Adconion Direct, Inc. Santa Monica, CA Apr 10, 2013 $97,597
Trainer 4 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA Jul 30, 2015 $95,500
Surgical Trainer Think Surgical, LLC Fremont, CA Nov 22, 2016 $91,291
Scientific Trainer Qiagen, Inc. Germantown, MD May 09, 2013 $87,168
Informatics Trainer UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Pittsburgh, PA Aug 18, 2015 $83,480
Informatics Trainer UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Pittsburgh, PA Jul 19, 2015 $83,480
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Top Skills for A Trainer

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Top Trainer Skills

  1. Training Classes
  2. Customer Service Skills
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Tracked attendance and billable hours for all training classes Facilitated performance optimization training to increase sales and service results.
  • Demonstrated superb customer service skills with an eye toward delivering a memorable restaurant experience.
  • Explained all safety procedures and precautions to each guest in an effective and timely manner.
  • Developed a training curriculum for incoming Peace Corps volunteers in conjunction with community needs.
  • Updated and maintained training materials within consumer relations department to comply with changing policies and procedures.

Top Trainer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Trainer

  1. Panera Bread
  2. McDonald's
  3. Amazon.com
  4. Chick-fil-A
  5. The Walt Disney
  6. PetSmart
  7. Taco Bell
  8. Convergys
  9. Teleperformance
  10. Learning Rx Inc
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