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Training Managers & Specialists
“On the Job Educators”
Training managers and specialists conduct and supervise training and development programs for employees.
The Job
Training managers provide worker training either in the classroom or onsite. This includes setting up teaching materials prior to the class, involving the class, and issuing completion certificates at the end of the class. They have the responsibility for the entire learning process, and its environment, to ensure that the course meets its objectives and is measured and evaluated to understand how learning impacts business results. Training specialists plan, organize, and direct a wide range of training activities. Trainers respond to corporate and worker service requests. They consult with onsite supervisors regarding available performance improvement services and conduct orientation sessions and arrange on-the-job training for new employees. They help all employees maintain and improve their job skills, and possibly prepare for jobs requiring greater skill. Planning and program development is an essential part of the training specialist's job. In order to identify and assess training needs within the firm, trainers may confer with managers and supervisors or conduct surveys.
Work Environment
Varies greatly depending on the business or work setting.
College Majors
human resources, business administration, industry related field
Minimum Qualifications
In filling entry-level jobs, many employers seek college graduates who have majored in human resources, human resources administration, or industrial and labor relations. Other employers look for college graduates with a technical or business background or a well-rounded liberal arts education.
Personality traits helpful for this career
ability to work with individuals as well as a commitment to organizational goals.
Quick Facts
  • The educational backgrounds of these workers vary considerably, reflecting the diversity of duties and levels of responsibility.
  • College graduates who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities.
  • More Info: American Society for Training and Development, Internet: http://www.astd.org
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of training and development managers were $87,700 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $64,770 and $115,570. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,280, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $149,050.
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