Bureau of Labor Statistics

Training and Development Specialists

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Training and development specialists often lead educational sessions.
Quick Facts: Training and Development Specialists
2020 Median Pay $62,700 per year
$30.14 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation Less than 5 years
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2020 328,700
Job Outlook, 2020-30 11% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2020-30 35,500

Summary

What Training and Development Specialists Do

Training and development specialists plan and administer programs that improve the skills and knowledge of their employees.

Work Environment

Training and development specialists work in nearly every industry. They spend much of their time working with people, giving presentations, and leading training activities.

How to Become a Training and Development Specialist

In addition to a bachelor’s degree, training and development specialists also need work experience and strong communication skills.

Pay

The median annual wage for training and development specialists was $62,700 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 35,200 openings for training and development specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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What Training and Development Specialists Do

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Training and development specialists guide employees through exercises.

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 sources and choose appropriate materials
  • Deliver training to employees using a variety of instructional techniques
  • Assist in the evaluation of training programs
  • Perform administrative tasks such as monitoring costs, scheduling classes, setting up systems and equipment, and coordinating enrollment

Training and development specialists help create, administer, and deliver training programs for businesses and organizations. To do this, they must first assess the needs of an organization, and then develop custom training programs that take place in classrooms or training facilities. Training programs are increasingly delivered through computers, tablets, or other hand-held devices.

Training and development specialists organize or deliver training sessions using lectures, group discussions, team exercises, hands-on examples, and other formats. Training can also be in the form of a video, self-guided instructional manual, or online application. Training 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.

Work Environment

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They spend much of their time working with people, giving presentations, and leading training activities.

Training and development specialists held about 328,700 jobs in 2020. The largest employers of training and development specialists were as follows:

Professional, scientific, and technical services 13%
Healthcare and social assistance 12
Educational services; state, local, and private 11
Finance and insurance 11
Administrative and support services 7

Training and development specialists spend much of their time working with people, giving presentations, and leading training activities. They may need to travel to training sites.

Work Schedules

Most training and development specialists work full time during regular business hours. Some work more than 40 hours per week.

How to Become a Training and Development Specialist

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Training and development specialists need strong interpersonal and speaking skills to effectively present training programs.

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 most 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.

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 teachers.

Employers may prefer to hire candidates with previous work experience in the industry in which the company operates, or with experience in e-learning, mobile training, and technology-based tools. However, some employers may hire candidates with a master’s degree in lieu of work experience.

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.

Communication 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. Specialists must communicate information clearly and facilitate learning by diverse audiences.

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.

Pay

Training and Development Specialists

Median annual wages, May 2020

Business operations specialists

$71,450

Training and development specialists

$62,700

Total, all occupations

$41,950

 

The median annual wage for training and development specialists was $62,700 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,900, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $107,060.

In May 2020, the median annual wages for training and development specialists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Professional, scientific, and technical services $73,690
Finance and insurance 65,860
Educational services; state, local, and private 64,610
Healthcare and social assistance 57,280
Administrative and support services 55,400

Most training and development specialists work full time during regular business hours. Some work more than 40 hours per week.

Job Outlook

Training and Development Specialists

Percent change in employment, projected 2020-30

Training and development specialists

11%

Business operations specialists

9%

Total, all occupations

8%

 

Employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 35,200 openings for training and development specialists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Employment

Employees in many occupations are required to take continuing education and skill development courses throughout their careers, creating demand for workers who lead training activities.

Employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow in many industries as companies develop and introduce new media and technology into their training programs. Innovations in training methods and learning technology should continue throughout the next decade. For example, organizations increasingly use social media, visual simulations, and mobile learning in their training programs. Training and development specialists will need to modify their programs in order to fit a new generation of workers for whom technology is a part of daily life and work.

Because training and development contracting firms may have greater access to technical expertise in order to produce new training initiatives, some organizations outsource specific training efforts when internal staff or resources are not able to meet the training needs of the organization.

Employment projections data for training and development specialists, 2020-30

SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Occupational Title

Training and development specialists

SOC Code13-1151
Employment, 2020328,700
Projected Employment, 2030364,200
Percent Change, 2020-3011
Numeric Change, 2020-3035,500
Employment by IndustryGet data

State & Area Data

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Last Modified Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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