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Working As A Training Specialist

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $61,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Training Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Training Specialist
Operations Manager Business Analyst Senior Programmer Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Branch Manager Area Manager
Area Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Business Analyst Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Admissions Representative Career Services Advisor
Career Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Program Director Development Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Instructor Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Training Specialist Training Manager Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Property Manager District Manager
Regional Sales Director
11 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Human Resource Specialist Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Assistant Director Recruiter
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Logistics Coordinator Logistics Analyst
Senior Logistics Analyst
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Training Consultant Training Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Training Manager General Manager Account Executive
Territory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Technical Trainer 3.1 years
Training Manager 3.0 years
Training Developer 3.0 years
Training Analyst 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Training Specialist
Instructor 7.1%
Teacher 6.0%
Internship 5.4%
Trainer 5.3%
Supervisor 4.5%
Manager 4.0%
Consultant 3.5%
Top Careers After Training Specialist
Consultant 5.9%
Manager 5.0%
Trainer 4.2%
Instructor 4.1%
Supervisor 3.5%
Specialist 3.3%

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Training Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

54.2%

Male

44.0%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

French

9.1%

German

5.2%

Italian

3.2%

Portuguese

3.0%

Japanese

2.7%

Russian

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Mandarin

2.3%

Hindi

2.0%

Chinese

1.8%

Carrier

1.1%

Korean

0.9%

Gujarati

0.7%

Croatian

0.7%

Swedish

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Greek

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%
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Training Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.8%

Webster University

5.2%

Capella University

5.2%

Strayer University

4.9%

Liberty University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Ashford University

4.5%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.0%

American InterContinental University

4.0%

Walden University

3.9%

Troy University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.7%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.3%

Florida State University

3.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.0%

George Mason University

3.0%

University of Maryland - University College

2.9%

University of Houston

2.8%

George Washington University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

29.1%

Human Resources Management

7.4%

Education

7.1%

Psychology

6.7%

Communication

6.1%

Management

5.2%

Elementary Education

4.6%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

English

3.0%

Nursing

2.9%

Marketing

2.9%

Educational Technology

2.7%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Counseling Psychology

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Social Work

2.3%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

General Studies

2.2%

Information Technology

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.4%

Masters

27.6%

Other

17.9%

Associate

8.3%

Certificate

4.6%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Real Training Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
VRV Training Specialist Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Houston, TX Feb 02, 2015 $195,656
Financial Products Training Specialist Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Sep 19, 2016 $167,000
Customer Training Specialist 4 Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Apr 27, 2015 $155,000
Clinical Training Specialist Think Surgical, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 16, 2016 $150,000
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Cupertino, CA May 16, 2016 $134,200
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Fort Collins, CO Dec 09, 2016 $130,000
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Seattle, WA Jun 10, 2016 $124,800
Clinical Training Specialist, Latin America Extremity Medical LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ May 27, 2015 $122,990
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Herndon, VA Sep 23, 2016 $120,000
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 17, 2016 $120,000
Advanced Training Specialist Bloomberg LP New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $110,000
Training Specialist Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $110,000
Training Specialist Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jul 15, 2016 $110,000
Training Specialist (Technical Trainer-Americas) Metaswitch Networks Corporation Richardson, TX Oct 21, 2016 $109,000
Defense Training Specialist Moutain Mobility Group, LLC Salt Lake City, UT Jan 02, 2015 $71,000
Defense Training Specialist Mountain Mobility Group Salt Lake City, UT Oct 21, 2015 $71,000
Advanced Training Specialist Bloomberg L.P. New York, NY Oct 14, 2015 $70,000 -
$100,000
Training Specialist Make Up for Ever LLC New York, NY Jun 08, 2015 $70,000 -
$90,000
Clinical Training Specialist, Latin America Extremity Medical, LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $69,622
Training Specialist Smile Design Dental Lab, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 17, 2015 $68,871
Business Management and Training Specialist Persona Global Sausalito, CA Dec 15, 2015 $68,266
Training Specialist YM Dental Lab Inc. Manassas, VA Aug 19, 2015 $58,614
Training Specialist Abengoa Bioenergy Outsourcing, LLC Chesterfield, MO Sep 15, 2016 $58,136
Bilingual Training and Translation Specialist Dynax America Corporation Roanoke, VA Sep 24, 2015 $58,000
Bilingual Training and Translation Specialist Dynax America Corporation Roanoke, VA Aug 27, 2015 $58,000
Bilingual Training and Translation Specialist Dynax America Corporation Roanoke, VA Feb 16, 2016 $58,000
Training Specialist I Bally Gaming Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jun 09, 2016 $57,358
Training Specialist I Bally Gaming Inc. Las Vegas, NV Sep 06, 2016 $57,358
Training Specialist Studio of Master's Touch, Inc. Barrington, IL Sep 15, 2016 $56,349

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Training Specialist

Average Yearly Salary
$61,000
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$40,000
Min 10%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Training Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Training Specialist in the United States is $61,992 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $40,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $95,000.

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Top Skills for A Training Specialist

  1. Training Programs
  2. Procedures
  3. Curriculum Development
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  • Evaluated instructor performance and the effectiveness of training programs, providing recommendations for improvement.
  • Selected appropriate instructional procedures or methods such as individual training, group instruction, demonstrations and computer-based training.
  • Direct and oversee all academic training activities for Naval photographic training centers to include curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Created customer service protocols for improving customer satisfaction with our call center vendor.
  • Work directly with Training Supervisor/Manager and National Director on all training related projects and performance improvement processes.

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Top 10 Best States for Training Specialists

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  4. Rhode Island
  5. Colorado
  6. Delaware
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Washington
  9. District of Columbia
  10. Connecticut
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