Training and Development Specialists

Design and conduct training and development programs to improve individual and organizational performance. May analyze training needs.

Median Annual Wage: $57,340

Education: Bachelor's degree (58%); Master's degree (17%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (11%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Corporate Trainer; Computer Training Specialist; Job Training Specialist; Management Development Specialist; Trainer; Training Specialist; E-Learning Developer; Technical Trainer; Senior Instructor; Supervisory Training Specialist

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Training and Development Specialists.

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  • Design, plan, organize, or direct orientation and training programs for employees or customers.
  • Offer specific training programs to help workers maintain or improve job skills.
  • Present information using a variety of instructional techniques or formats, such as role playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussions, videos, or lectures.
  • Obtain, organize, or develop training procedure manuals, guides, or course materials, such as handouts or visual materials.
  • Monitor, evaluate, or record training activities or program effectiveness.
  • Develop alternative training methods if expected improvements are not seen.
  • Evaluate training materials prepared by instructors, such as outlines, text, or handouts.
  • Evaluate modes of training delivery, such as in-person or virtual to optimize training effectiveness, training costs, or environmental impacts.
  • Keep up with developments in area of expertise by reading current journals, books, or magazine articles.
  • Negotiate contracts with clients including desired training outcomes, fees, or expenses.
  • Attend meetings or seminars to obtain information for use in training programs or to inform management of training program status.
  • Monitor training costs and prepare budget reports to justify expenditures.
  • Select and assign instructors to conduct training.
  • Schedule classes based on availability of classrooms, equipment, or instructors.
  • Supervise, evaluate, or refer instructors to skill development classes.
  • Devise programs to develop executive potential among employees in lower-level positions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Training and Development Specialists.

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Training and Development Specialists.

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