Training and Development Specialists

Also called: Applications Trainer, Apprenticeship and Training Representative, Auxiliary Personnel Inservice Coordinator, Bilingual Trainer, Certified EPIC Trainer (Certified Electronic Privacy Information Center Trainer)

$67,440

estimated salary

Training and development specialists design or conduct work-related training and development programs to improve individual skills or organizational performance. May analyze organizational training needs or evaluate training effectiveness.

  • Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, focus groups, or consultation with managers, instructors, or customer representatives.
  • 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 with 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 for 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.
  • Coordinate recruitment and placement of training program participants.
  • Develop or implement training programs related to efficiency, recycling, or other issues with environmental impacts.
  • Refer trainees to employer relations representatives, to locations offering job placement assistance, or to appropriate social services agencies, if warranted.
Work Context
  • Electronic Mail — 98% responded "Every day".
  • Telephone — 78% responded "Every day".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 84% responded "Every day".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 75% responded "Every day".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 64% responded "Extremely important".
  • Contact With Others — 60% responded "Constant contact with others".
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 45% responded "Extremely important".
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Work Activities
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Coordinate personnel recruitment activities.
  • Evaluate training programs, instructors, or materials.
  • Coordinate training activities.
  • Coordinate training activities.
  • Conduct surveys in organizations.
  • Develop training materials.
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Knowledge

Education and Training
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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Skills

Instructing
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Learning Strategies
  • Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
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.
Speaking
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Abilities

Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Speech Clarity
  • The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot Technology
  • HP Trim
  • Interwoven software
Video creation and editing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects Hot Technology
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Screencast-O-Matic
  • WeVideo
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud Hot Technology
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Hot Technology
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Visio Hot Technology
  • SmugMug Flickr Hot Technology
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash
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Education

Bachelor's Degree or
Master's Degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
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