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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 Phoenix28.0%
Southern New Hampshire University4.3%
Michigan State University3.9%
Pennsylvania State University3.5%
Florida State University3.4%
Grand Canyon University3.3%
University of Central Florida3.2%
American InterContinental University3.1%
Texas A&M University3.1%
Southern Illinois University Carbondale2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Management System/Training Coordinator||Air Resources Americas LLC||Houston, TX||Mar 15, 2012||$125,000 -
|Training Coordinator||Novelis Corporation||Oswego, NY||Sep 20, 2014||$98,630|
|Falcon Project/Cash Department Training Coordinator||Novelis Corporation||Oswego, NY||Jun 19, 2015||$96,696|
|Aew&C Training Coordinator||The Boeing Company||Kent, WA||Jan 06, 2012||$90,000 -
|Training Coordinator||Bay Area Techworkers Inc.||Morrisville, NC||Jun 16, 2011||$86,836|
|Departmental Training Coordinator||Instrumentation Laboratory Company||Bedford, MA||Nov 30, 2012||$85,567|
|Training Coordinator||Bay Area Techworkers Inc.||Parkton, NC||Jul 19, 2012||$80,000|
|Training Coordinator||Bay Area Techworkers Inc.||ND||Jul 19, 2012||$80,000|
|Clinical and Training Coordinator||Global Behavior Therapy Associates||Fredericksburg, VA||Sep 21, 2016||$76,606 -
|Training Coordinator||Nor-Seg Security Services Inc.||Miami, FL||Jan 15, 2016||$75,000|
|Canine Training Class Coordinator||Leader Dogs for The Blind||Rochester Hills, MI||Dec 01, 2013||$71,500|
|Canine Training Class Coordinator||Leader Dogs for The Blind||Rochester Hills, MI||Jan 01, 2014||$71,500|
|Senior Security Training Coordinator||Children's National Medical Center||Washington, DC||Mar 22, 2016||$70,000 -
|Training Coordinator||Baanyan Software Services||Edison, NJ||Dec 22, 2015||$70,000|
|Training Coordinator||Baanyan Software Services||Edison, NJ||Dec 23, 2015||$60,000|
|Training Coordinator||Fast Enterprises LLC||Bismarck, ND||Sep 03, 2015||$60,000|
|Talent & Training Coordinator||Wison Offshore & Marine (USA), Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 10, 2011||$60,000|
|Configuration Engineer & Training Coordinator||Addteq LLC||Edison, NJ||Sep 15, 2012||$60,000|
|Regional Training Coordinator||High Sierra Pools Inc.||Arlington, VA||Sep 20, 2014||$58,958|
|Staff Training and Dev't Coordinator||High Sierra Pools, Inc.||Arlington, VA||Oct 01, 2011||$58,760|
|Health Training Coordinator||Caremax, Inc.||San Rafael, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$46,311|
|Training Coordinator||Baanyan Software Services, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Sep 09, 2015||$46,301|
|Training Coordinator||TCS International, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 31, 2011||$46,290|
|Training Coordinator||Marketing Venture Partners||Lyndhurst, NJ||Aug 13, 2013||$45,351|
|Training Coordinator||Social Accountability International Inc.||New York, NY||Jun 01, 2012||$45,000|
|Cultural Training Coordinator||Yorozu Automotive Tennessee, Inc.||Morrison, TN||Sep 16, 2010||$45,000|
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