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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
  • $54,000

    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
Training Manager Store Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Manager Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Training Manager Store Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Vice President
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Business Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Program Manager
Development & Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Team Leader Customer Service Manager
Call Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Operations Manager Program Manager
Engagement Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Team Leader Platoon Sergeant
Operations Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Office Manager Director Of Human Resources
Director, Learning And Development
12 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Assistant Director Director Of Training
Training Development Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Implementation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Training Consultant Senior Training Specialist
Manager, Learning & Development
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Adjunct Instructor Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Instructional Designer Senior Training Specialist
Senior Training Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Development Specialist Developer/Consultant Organizational Development Consultant
Organizational Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technical Writer Instructional Designer
Learning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Technical Trainer 3.1 years
Training Developer 3.1 years
Training Analyst 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Training Specialist
Instructor 6.3%
Internship 5.8%
Teacher 5.2%
Trainer 5.2%
Supervisor 4.6%
Cashier 4.5%
Manager 4.1%
Consultant 2.9%
Top Careers After Training Specialist
Consultant 6.0%
Manager 5.3%
Trainer 4.5%
Instructor 4.3%
Supervisor 3.6%
Specialist 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$54,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
TJX Companies
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Training Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Training Specialist in the United States is $54,575 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $79,000.

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Real Training Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
VRV Training Specialist Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. Feb 02, 2015 $195,656
Financial Products Training Specialist Bloomberg, LP Sep 19, 2016 $167,000
Customer Training Specialist 4 Adobe Systems Incorporated Apr 27, 2015 $155,000
Clinical Training Specialist Think Surgical, Inc. Sep 16, 2016 $150,000
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. May 16, 2016 $134,200
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Dec 09, 2016 $130,000
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Jun 10, 2016 $124,800
Clinical Training Specialist, Latin America Extremity Medical LLC May 27, 2015 $122,990
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Sep 17, 2016 $120,000
Technical Training Specialist II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Sep 23, 2016 $120,000
Training Specialist Bloomberg, LP Jul 15, 2016 $110,000
Training Specialist Bloomberg, LP Aug 15, 2015 $110,000
Advanced Training Specialist Bloomberg LP Aug 15, 2015 $110,000
Training Specialist (Technical Trainer-Americas) Metaswitch Networks Corporation Oct 21, 2016 $109,000
Defense Training Specialist Moutain Mobility Group, LLC Jan 02, 2015 $71,000
Defense Training Specialist Mountain Mobility Group Oct 21, 2015 $71,000
Advanced Training Specialist Bloomberg L.P. Oct 14, 2015 $70,000 -
$100,000
Training Specialist Make Up for Ever LLC Jun 08, 2015 $70,000 -
$90,000
Clinical Training Specialist, Latin America Extremity Medical, LLC Jan 09, 2016 $69,622
Training Specialist Smile Design Dental Lab, Inc. Sep 17, 2015 $68,871
Business Management and Training Specialist Persona Global Dec 15, 2015 $68,266
Training Specialist YM Dental Lab Inc. Aug 19, 2015 $58,614
Training Specialist Abengoa Bioenergy Outsourcing, LLC Sep 15, 2016 $58,136
Bilingual Training and Translation Specialist Dynax America Corporation Sep 24, 2015 $58,000
Bilingual Training and Translation Specialist Dynax America Corporation Aug 27, 2015 $58,000
Bilingual Training and Translation Specialist Dynax America Corporation Feb 16, 2016 $58,000
Training Specialist I Bally Gaming Inc. Jun 09, 2016 $57,358
Training Specialist I Bally Gaming Inc. Sep 06, 2016 $57,358
Training Specialist Cosmetic Dental Art, Inc. Sep 17, 2015 $56,349

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Top Skills for A Training Specialist

  1. Training Programs
  2. Customer Service
  3. ISO
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Key duties included meeting with all departments to determine training needs, developing department specific curriculum and analyzing current training programs.
  • Experienced in many logistics functions including production planning, inventory management, customer service, forecasting, transportation and distribution.
  • Issue Certificates of Achievement and congratulatory letters to inmates for completing programs pertaining to vocational training requested by 34 prison industries.
  • Coordinate with a variety of military and civilian subject matter experts and analyst to development collective unit training products and recommendations.
  • Led development including selection of Learning Management System, developing online tutorials, and partnering with vendors for additional development.

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  4. Colorado
  5. Illinois
  6. West Virginia
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  8. Washington
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Training Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

52.4%

Male

43.1%

Unknown

4.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.4%

French

9.0%

German

4.9%

Italian

2.9%

Portuguese

2.6%

Japanese

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Mandarin

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Chinese

1.9%

Hindi

1.7%

Korean

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Urdu

0.7%

Swedish

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Gujarati

0.5%

Croatian

0.5%

Turkish

0.3%
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Training Specialist Education

Schools

Ashford University

7.9%

Webster University

7.1%

Capella University

6.5%

Walden University

6.2%

University of Central Florida

6.1%

Strayer University

5.9%

American InterContinental University

5.6%

Liberty University

5.2%

Kaplan University

5.1%

University of South Florida

4.6%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

4.5%

University of Houston

4.3%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Florida State University

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Michigan State University

3.9%

National University

3.8%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

University of North Texas

3.6%

University of Cincinnati

3.3%
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Majors

Business

29.7%

Psychology

8.1%

Human Resources Management

5.9%

Communication

5.8%

Education

5.1%

Management

5.0%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Elementary Education

4.4%

Nursing

3.6%

Counseling Psychology

3.4%

General Studies

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

English

2.8%

Marketing

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Social Work

2.4%

Accounting

2.2%

Information Technology

1.9%

Medical Assisting Services

1.9%

Computer Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.4%

Masters

23.9%

Associate

12.7%

High School Diploma

9.2%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.7%

License

0.5%
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