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Working As A Training Developer

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $74,851

    Average Salary

What Does A Training Developer 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 Training Developer

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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Training Developer Career Paths

Training Developer
Senior Technical Writer Business Analyst Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Project Manager Operations Director
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager
Deputy Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Technical Writer Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Program Director Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Training Manager Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Bookkeeper Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Senior Account Manager Recruiter
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Adjunct Faculty Adjunct Professor
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Senior Training Specialist Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Instructional Designer Training Manager
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Trainer Service Manager Operation Supervisor
Operations Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Trainer Training Specialist Human Resources Manager
Organizational Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Program Manager Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
7 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Sales Consultant Training Manager
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Developer 3.3 years
Training Developer 3.0 years
Course Developer 2.7 years
Training Analyst 2.6 years
Top Employers Before
Trainer 8.4%
Instructor 6.0%
Consultant 4.6%
Internship 4.3%
Teacher 3.9%
Manager 3.3%
Top Employers After
Trainer 7.4%
Consultant 5.7%
Instructor 5.2%
Manager 3.3%
Teacher 2.9%
Owner 2.8%

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Training Developer Demographics

Gender

Male

54.7%

Female

43.1%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.1%

French

6.6%

Russian

5.8%

Arabic

5.8%

Japanese

5.0%

German

4.1%

Korean

3.3%

Mandarin

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Malay

1.7%

Carrier

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Shona

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Hawaiian

0.8%

Catalan

0.8%

Croatian

0.8%

Greek

0.8%
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Training Developer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.5%

Troy University

8.7%

Webster University

6.9%

Central Texas College

6.4%

Strayer University

5.8%

Wayland Baptist University

4.9%

Capella University

4.9%

Liberty University

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

Park University

3.5%

Trident University International

3.5%

American University

3.5%

Columbia Southern University

3.2%

Ashford University

3.2%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%

Walden University

2.9%

Excelsior College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

27.7%

Human Resources Management

7.2%

Education

6.6%

Communication

5.9%

Management

5.0%

Computer Science

4.7%

Elementary Education

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Psychology

4.5%

Educational Technology

3.3%

English

3.1%

Information Technology

3.1%

General Studies

3.0%

Project Management

3.0%

Marketing

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Educational Leadership

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Counseling Psychology

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.2%

Masters

29.4%

Other

15.6%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

4.9%

Doctorate

2.8%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.1%
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Real Training Developer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Trainer/Development Designer Retailnext Inc. CT Feb 17, 2016 $205,712
Trainer/Development Designer Retailnext Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 15, 2016 $205,712
Utilities Developer/Trainer-Chevron Wheatstone P Petrofac Inc. Houston, TX Jul 01, 2013 $200,000
Technical Training Developer Virtual Instruments USA Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 17, 2013 $105,000
Management Development Trainer CEVA Freight LLC Houston, TX Jan 22, 2016 $102,000
Principal Trainer/Development Analyst TGS-Nopec Geophysical Company Houston, TX Sep 01, 2011 $91,187
Cyber Security Exercise Developer and Trainer Carnegie Mellon University Arlington, VA Jan 27, 2015 $88,945
Principal Trainer/Development Analyst TGS-Nopec Geophysical Company Houston, TX Sep 01, 2011 $87,500
Cyber Security Exercise Developer and Trainer Carnegie Mellon University Arlington, VA Jan 28, 2013 $86,438
Business Development Trainer Mendoza & Associates, Inc. Wheaton, MD Oct 26, 2009 $83,480
Cyber Security Exercixe Developer and Trainer Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Jun 10, 2011 $83,000
SAP Training Developer The Taligens Group, LLC Houston, TX Sep 13, 2014 $80,000
Java Trainer/Developer Data Solutions, Inc. Canton, MI Oct 01, 2012 $70,000
Training and Development Specailists Ericsson Inc. Plano, TX May 07, 2009 $70,000 -
$87,581
Installation Technical Training Developer/Instruct Philips Medical Systems (Cleveland), Inc. Highland Heights, OH Oct 01, 2014 $66,675
Development Trainer-Ssas, Ssrs Sriven Infosys Inc. NY May 09, 2016 $60,000
Development Trainer-T SQL SV It Inc. NY May 09, 2016 $60,000
Development Trainer-Ssas, Ssrs, Ssis SV It Inc. NY Sep 20, 2016 $55,000
Training Developer Pacific Drilling Services, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 24, 2011 $55,000
Physical Therapy Training and Development Speciali Therapeutic Physical Therapy P.C Farmingdale, NY Nov 28, 2011 $54,600
SAP Training Developer Excel. Est LLC Duluth, GA Jan 04, 2014 $54,475 -
$55,000
SAP Training Developer Excel. Est LLC Duluth, GA Apr 01, 2014 $54,475 -
$55,000
Training and Performance Developer Minutta, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 17, 2015 $51,000
Training and Development Speicalist Shipco Transport Inc. Hoboken, NJ Jun 10, 2015 $51,000

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Top Skills for A Training Developer

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  1. Training Programs
  2. Procedures
  3. Personnel
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  • Contributed to the development/delivery of complex training programs related to U.S. Army s electronic warfare and counter-improvised explosive device systems.
  • Created standard operating procedures manuals for training processes that highlighted effective process-oriented strategies in order to improve operational efficiency.
  • Designed and developed training solutions for the skill enhancement of factory personnel using Instructional System Design processes and procedures.
  • Collaborated with subject matter experts, while developing graphics and storyboard development processes to standardize training materials.
  • Researched and authored lesson plans and accompanying training materials for Flight Director training for four individual National and International satellite programs.

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