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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 Latino9.3%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix24.4%
Michigan State University5.5%
New York University5.0%
George Washington University4.4%
Florida State University3.9%
University of Houston3.9%
Georgia State University3.6%
Pennsylvania State University3.4%
Northern Illinois University3.4%
University of South Florida2.8%
University of North Texas2.8%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Training & Simulation Consultant||Globalsim||Orlando, FL||Mar 30, 2010||$219,135|
|Training & Simulation Consultant||Globalsim||Orlando, FL||Mar 22, 2010||$219,135|
|Recruitment and Training Consultant||Ron 'n ROL||Clarksburg, MD||Feb 17, 2014||$129,394|
|Recruitment and Training Consultant||Roc N ROL Incorporated||Clarksburg, MD||Feb 17, 2014||$129,394|
|Training Consultant||Bob Allen & Associates DBA Dale Carnegie Training||Powell, OH||Jun 21, 2016||$119,538|
|C-Ied Trainer and SME Consultant||Hazard Management Solutions, Inc.||Arlington, VA||May 01, 2010||$106,028|
|Business & Training Consultant||Fabergent, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Oct 01, 2009||$104,350|
|Business & Training Consultant||Fabergent, Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Mar 01, 2011||$104,350|
|Consultant II, Simulation and Training||Invensys Systems, Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 28, 2015||$92,000|
|Training Consultant||IMS Health Incorporated||Chandler, AZ||Jan 01, 2014||$86,226|
|Deployment and Training Consultant||Rapid7 LLC||Boston, MA||Apr 15, 2013||$85,446 -
|Senior Training Consultant||Interactive Intelligence Group, Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||Oct 29, 2014||$84,000 -
|Training Consultant||International Golden Foods L.L.C.||Washington, DC||Nov 20, 2007||$75,000|
|Senior Training Consultant||Nlyte Software Americas Limited||San Jose, CA||Feb 27, 2014||$72,900 -
|Senior Training Consultant||Nlyte Software Americas Limited||San Mateo, CA||Aug 08, 2013||$71,700 -
|Software Development Trainer/Consultant||S2 It Group LLC||Alpharetta, GA||Aug 31, 2016||$70,000|
|Training Consultant||McDonald's Corporation||Indianapolis, IN||Jul 01, 2013||$68,952|
|Cross Cultural Training Consultant||Crystal Enterprises, Inc.||Norcross, GA||Mar 26, 2009||$68,600|
|Functional Trainer/Consultant||S2 It Group LLC||Alpharetta, GA||Aug 31, 2016||$65,000|
|Training Consultant||McDonald's Corporation||Indianapolis, IN||Jul 01, 2011||$65,000|
|Environmental Training Consultant||Jeremi Group, Inc.||Hammond, IN||Nov 10, 2010||$55,078 -
|Training Consultant III||Automatic Data Processing, Inc.||Weston, FL||Sep 30, 2012||$52,028|
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