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Training & Development Specialist

Career Overview

Training and development specialists are responsible for creating and executing training and development programs for employees. Training and development has become a common workplace activity - a function of the department of human resources - as employers have learned that spending time communicating with employees in this fashion builds loyalty and can increase productivity.

Training and development programs are also beneficial to the employee; due to the impact rapidly changing technology can have on business functions.  Training specialists in some companies work up training programs that teach executive skills to lower level employees, encouraging them to develop the skills for advancing into company leadership structure.


Many schools today offer bachelors degrees in training and development.  Depending on the company and its size, an applicant with an associates degree might be considered, if the degree included coursework in industrial psychology, business, and training and development.  In most cases, a bachelors degree will be required.

Current Employment

According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor there were 210,000 training and development specialists working in 2006.  Some of these specialists are self employed or work for service companies that provide training and development seminars on a contract basis.

Job Outlook

This job classification is projected to grow faster than the overall average growth rate for all job categories, over the next several years.  The Department of Labor estimates that human resources positions in general will increase by 17% over the decade 2006 to 2016.

Salary Range

Lowest 10% $13.75 $28,600

Median Salary $23.86 $49,680

Highest 10% $39.90 $82,990

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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