Training and Development Managers

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Quick Facts: Training and Development Managers
2016 Median Pay $105,830 per year
$50.88 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation 5 years or more
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2016 34,500
Job Outlook, 2016-26 10% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2016-26 3,600

What Training and Development Managers Do

Training and development managers oversee staff and plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.

Work Environment

Training and development managers work in nearly every industry. They typically work full time in offices and spend much of their time working with people.

How to Become a Training and Development Manager

Most candidates need a combination of education and related work experience to become a training and development manager.

Pay

The median annual wage for training and development managers was $105,830 in May 2016.

Job Outlook

Employment of training and development managers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be favorable due to the constant need for workplace training and education.

State & Area Data

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Similar Occupations

Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of training and development managers with similar occupations.

More Information, Including Links to O*NET

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What Training and Development Managers Do About this section

Training and development managers
Training and development managers teach training methods to specialists.

Training and development managers oversee staff and plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.

Duties

Training and development managers typically do the following:

  • Oversee training and development staff
  • Assess employees’ needs for training
  • Align training with the organization’s strategic goals
  • Create and manage training budgets
  • Develop and implement training programs that make the best use of available resources
  • Review and select training materials from a variety of vendors
  • Update training programs to ensure that they are relevant
  • Teach training methods and skills to instructors and supervisors
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of training programs and instructors

Training and development managers oversee training programs, staff, and budgets. They are responsible for creating or selecting course content and materials for training programs. Training may be in the form of a video, self-guided instructional manual, or online application and delivered in-person or through a computer, tablet, or other hand-held electronic device. Training may also be collaborative, with employees informally connecting with experts, mentors, and colleagues, often through social media or other online mediums. Managers must ensure that training methods, content, software, systems, and equipment are appropriate and meaningful.

Training and development managers typically supervise a staff of training and development specialists, such as instructional designers, program developers, and instructors. Managers teach training methods to specialists who, in turn, instruct the organization’s employees—both new and experienced. Managers direct the daily activities of specialists and evaluate their effectiveness. Although most managers primarily oversee specialists and training and development program operations, some—particularly those in smaller companies—may also conduct training courses.

Training and development managers often confer with managers of other departments to identify training needs. They may work with top executives and financial officers to identify and match training priorities with overall business goals. They also prepare training budgets and ensure that expenses stay within budget.

Work Environment About this section

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Training and development managers may meet with training vendors to choose training materials.

Training and development managers held about 34,500 jobs in 2016. The largest employers of training and development managers were as follows:

Professional, scientific, and technical services 15%
Management of companies and enterprises 15
Educational services; state, local, and private 11
Finance and insurance 11
Healthcare and social assistance 9

Training and development managers typically work in offices. Some travel between a main office and regional offices or training facilities. They spend much of their time working with people and overseeing training activities.

Work Schedules

The majority of training and development managers work full time during regular business hours. However, overtime is common and about 3 in 10 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2016.

How to Become a Training and Development Manager About this section

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Most candidates need a combination of education and related work experience to become a training and development manager.

Most candidates need a combination of education and related work experience to become a training and development manager. Although training and development managers need a bachelor’s degree for many positions, some jobs require a master’s degree.

Education

Training and development managers need a bachelor’s degree for many positions, and some jobs require a master’s degree. Although training and development managers come from a variety of educational backgrounds, it is most common for these workers to have bachelor’s degree in human resources, business administration, education, or a related field.

Some employers prefer or require training and development managers to have a master’s degree, usually with a concentration in training and development, human resources management, organizational development, or business administration.

Training and development managers may also benefit from studying instructional design, behavioral psychology, or educational psychology.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Related work experience is essential for training and development managers. Many positions require work experience in training and development or another human resources field, management, or teaching. For example, many training and development managers start out as training and development specialists. Some employers also prefer experience in the industry in which the company operates. Increasingly, employers are looking for workers with experience in information technology as organizations introduce more e-learning and technology-based tools.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although training and development managers are not required to be certified, certification can show professional expertise and credibility. Some employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification.

Many professional associations for human resources professionals offer classes to enhance the skills of their members. Some associations, including the Association for Talent Development and the International Society for Performance Improvement, specialize in training and development and offer certification programs. The Society for Human Resource Management offers general human resources certification.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Training and development managers must understand business operations in order to match training to the business’s strategic goals. They also need to be able to plan and adhere to budgets.

Communication skills. Training and development managers must clearly communicate information and facilitate learning by diverse audiences. They also must be able to effectively convey instructions to their staff.

Critical-thinking skills. Training and development managers use critical-thinking skills when assessing classes, materials, and programs. They must identify the training needs of an organization and recognize where changes and improvements can be made.

Decisionmaking skills. Training and development managers must select or create the best training programs to meet the needs of the organization. For example, they must review available training methods and materials and choose those that best fit each program.

Collaboration skills. Training and development managers need strong interpersonal skills because delivering training programs requires working in concert with staff, trainees, subject matter experts, and the organization’s leaders. They also accomplish much of their work through teams.

Instructional skills. Training and development managers need to understand the fundamentals of teaching and lesson planning. In addition to developing training, they may lead courses or seminars.

Leadership skills. Managers are often in charge of a staff and are responsible for many programs. They must be able to organize, motivate, and instruct those working under them.

Pay About this section

Training and Development Managers

Median annual wages, May 2016

Operations specialties managers

$112,080

Training and development managers

$105,830

Total, all occupations

$37,040

 

The median annual wage for training and development managers was $105,830 in May 2016. 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 $57,760, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $184,990.

In May 2016, the median annual wages for training and development managers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Management of companies and enterprises $114,290
Professional, scientific, and technical services 113,310
Finance and insurance 109,650
Educational services; state, local, and private 99,040
Healthcare and social assistance 96,910

The majority of training and development managers work full time during regular business hours. However, overtime is common and about 3 in 10 worked more than 40 hours per week in 2016.

Job Outlook About this section

Training and Development Managers

Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26

Operations specialties managers

12%

Training and development managers

10%

Total, all occupations

7%

 

Employment of training and development managers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. In many occupations, employees are required to take continuing education and skill development courses throughout their careers, creating demand for workers who develop and provide training materials.

Innovations in training methods and learning technology are expected to continue throughout the next decade, particularly for organizations with remote workers. Organizations increasingly use social media, visual simulations, mobile learning, and social networks in their training programs. As social media and collaborative learning become more common, training and development managers will need to modify training programs, allocate budgets, and integrate these features into training programs and curriculums.

In addition, as companies seek to reduce costs, training and development managers may be required to structure programs to enlist available experts, take advantage of existing resources, and facilitate positive relationships among staff. Training and development managers may use informal collaborative learning and social media to engage and train employees in the most cost-effective way.

Job Prospects

Overall, job prospects should be favorable due to the constant need for workplace training and education. Job openings will stem from growth and the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.

Employment projections data for training and development managers, 2016-26
Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2016 Projected Employment, 2026 Change, 2016-26 Employment by Industry
Percent Numeric

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

Training and development managers

11-3131 34,500 38,100 10 3,600 employment projections excel document xlsx

State & Area Data About this section

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Similar Occupations About this section

This table shows a list of occupations with job duties that are similar to those of training and development managers.

Occupation Job Duties ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION Help 2016 MEDIAN PAY Help
Career and technical education teachers

Career and Technical Education Teachers

Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Bachelor's degree $54,020
Compensation and benefits managers

Compensation and Benefits Managers

Compensation and benefits managers plan, develop, and oversee programs to compensate employees.

Bachelor's degree $116,240
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Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists

Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists conduct an organization’s compensation and benefits programs. They also evaluate position descriptions to determine details such as classification and salary.

Bachelor's degree $62,080
Human resources managers

Human Resources Managers

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees.

Bachelor's degree $106,910
Human resource specialists

Human Resources Specialists

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Bachelor's degree $59,180
Instructional coordinators

Instructional Coordinators

Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.

Master's degree $62,460
Postsecondary education administrators

Postsecondary Education Administrators

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, student life, or the registrar’s office.

Master's degree $90,760
School and Career Counselors

School and Career Counselors

School counselors help students develop the academic and social skills needed to succeed in school. Career counselors help people choose careers and follow a path to employment.

Master's degree $54,560
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Training and Development Specialists

Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.

Bachelor's degree $59,020

Labor Relations Specialists

Labor relations specialists interpret and administer labor contracts regarding issues such as wages and salaries, healthcare, pensions, and union and management practices.

Bachelor's degree $62,310
Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Training and Development Managers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/training-and-development-managers.htm (visited November 01, 2017).

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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2016 Median Pay

The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey. In May 2016, the median annual wage for all workers was $37,040.

On-the-job Training

Additional training needed (postemployment) to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.

Entry-level Education

Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.

Work experience in a related occupation

Work experience that is commonly considered necessary by employers, or is a commonly accepted substitute for more formal types of training or education.

Number of Jobs, 2016

The employment, or size, of this occupation in 2016, which is the base year of the 2016-26 employment projections.

Job Outlook, 2016-26

The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026. The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.

Employment Change, 2016-26

The projected numeric change in employment from 2016 to 2026.

Entry-level Education

Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.

On-the-job Training

Additional training needed (postemployment) to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.

Employment Change, projected 2016-26

The projected numeric change in employment from 2016 to 2026.

Growth Rate (Projected)

The percent change of employment for each occupation from 2016 to 2026.

Projected Number of New Jobs

The projected numeric change in employment from 2016 to 2026.

Projected Growth Rate

The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026.

2016 Median Pay

The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey. In May 2016, the median annual wage for all workers was $37,040.