Training and Development Specialist Salary

A career as a Training and Development Specialist could be the perfect fit if you’re the kind of person who likes to help others learn how to help themselves. Training and Development Specialists plan, oversee, and implement training programs for staff in all fields and lines of work. They essentially figure out what employees of various companies need in order to better themselves professionally. Through interviews and surveys, the Specialist figures out where these employees lack in skills. The Training and Development Specialist then designs and implements training programs to respond to these needs.

Overview of a Training and Development Specialist Salary

Training and Development Specialists earn a healthy salary. The most recent BLS data for 2012 shows that the median annual wage for this profession stands at $55,930. Therefore, half of the professionals employed in the field earned more than the aforementioned $55,930 and half earned less than that amount. The top 10 percent of Specialists earned over $93,470. The bottom 10 percent earned below $31,910. Generally speaking, employers in professional, scientific and technical services paid the best median wages for Training and Develpment Specialists at $64,770. According to the BLS, that median wage exceeds the median wages for all business and financial occupations. Other well-paying employers for Training and Development Specialists include those in education, finance/insurance, health care/social assistance, and the administrative industries.

*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/

Earnings Factors of a Training and Development Specialist Salary

  • The industry they work in. Approximately 228,800 Training and Development Specialists are employed across just about all of the different employment industries. However, they don’t all work the same hours or earn the same wages. The industry in which a Speciast is employed affects his or her wages. By far, professional, scientific, and technical services stand as the best paying industries for Training and Development Specialists. The median wages in these industries are over $64,000 annually.
  • Formal education and accumulated experience. Training and Development Specialists that hold some sort of post secondary degree earn more. Employers typically regarded these employees as better prepared for the job. Experience levels also affect an employee’s pay. Relevant experience in the form of training, development, or education affects the Specialist’s paycheck.

Job Description and Outlook of a Training and Development Specialist

Training and Development Specialists must first determine the education levels of the employees. They do so by interviewing or polling them. Specialists then discuss any issues with the company managers. Next, the Specialists design the training manuals, educational models, and other materials deemed necessary by the learning process. They also select appropriate materials from vendors. Training and Development Specialists train and assess employees. They also oversee costs, schedules, classes, enrollment, and equipment used in the process. Finally, they assign teaching roles to other instructors.

The Bureau expects this field will grow by 15 percent by 2022. That growth rate exceeds the overall average for all the occupations in the U.S. The Bureau largely attributes this growth rate to the competitive nature of the post-recession employment field. Since competition has grown in the post-recession economy, staff members must be trained to stay on top of their game, hold on to their jobs, and keep companies financially efficient. This competition increases demand for Training and Development Specialists.

*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/

Educational Requirements of a Training and Development Specialist

In order to become a Training and Development Specialist, one must earn a bachelor’s degree in Training and Development. Other relevant degrees include human resources, instructional design, social sciences, or education. More and more companies are opting for online training. Therefore, a degree (or minor) in technology or IT could also prove relevant.

*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/

Professional Associations of a Training and Development Specialist

Further training other than a bachelor’s degree is usually not mandatory to attain a position as a Training and Development Specialist. However, most employers encourage it. Training and Development Specialists who wish to improve their knowledge have several options at their disposal. The American Society for Training and Development offers several relevant certificate programs. The International Society for Performance Improvement offers similar, relevant certificates.

*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/
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