Training and Development Specialists

Business Management & Administration > Human Resources Management

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Design and conduct training and development programs to improve individual and organizational performance. May analyze training needs.

Common job titles of Training and Development Specialists include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 58.33% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 16.67% said they needed a Master's Degree.


    Obtain, organize, or develop training procedure manuals, guides, or course materials, such as handouts or visual materials.

    Design, plan, organize, or direct orientation and training programs for employees or customers.

    Evaluate modes of training delivery, such as in-person or virtual to optimize training effectiveness, training costs, or environmental impacts.

    Select and assign instructors to conduct training.

    Develop alternative training methods if expected improvements are not seen.

    Evaluate training materials prepared by instructors, such as outlines, text, or handouts.

    Coordinate recruitment and placement of training program participants.

    Monitor, evaluate, or record training activities or program effectiveness.

    Offer specific training programs to help workers maintain or improve job skills.

    Schedule classes based on availability of classrooms, equipment, or instructors.

    Present information using a variety of instructional techniques or formats, such as role playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussions, videos, or lectures.

    Keep up with developments in area of expertise by reading current journals, books, or magazine articles.

    Supervise, evaluate, or refer instructors to skill development classes.

    Monitor training costs and prepare budget reports to justify expenditures.

    Refer trainees to employer relations representatives, to locations offering job placement assistance, or to appropriate social services agencies if warranted.

    Negotiate contracts with clients including desired training outcomes, fees, or expenses.

    Devise programs to develop executive potential among employees in lower-level positions.

    Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, focus groups, or consultation with managers, instructors, or customer representatives.

    Attend meetings or seminars to obtain information for use in training programs or to inform management of training program status.

    Develop or implement training programs related to efficiency, recycling, or other issues with environmental impacts.


Personal computers

Overhead display projectors

Liquid crystal display LCD projectors

Laser printers

Laptop computers

Desktop computers


Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign

Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop

Advanced business application programming ABAP


All Technologies


Data entry software



Epic Systems

Google Drive

Hypertext markup language HTML

IBM Notes

IBM SPSS Statistics


Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft SharePoint

Microsoft Visio

Microsoft Word


Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition

Oracle PeopleSoft

Oracle PeopleSoft Financials

Oracle PL/SQL

Oracle Solaris

Oracle Taleo

Oracle WebLogic Server

SmugMug Flickr

Adobe Systems Adobe ActionScript

Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects

Adobe Systems Adobe Authorware

Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate

Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash

Adobe Systems Adobe Presenter

Alchemy Systems SISTEM

Apple Final Cut Pro

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Studio

Beeline Learning Management System LMS

Blackbaud The Raiser’s Edge


Blatant Media Absorb LMS

Brainshark Rapid Learning

Cisco Systems WebEx

Cobent Learning and Compliance Suite LCS

Computer Generated Solutions Learning Management System

dominKnow Learning Center

Eedo Knowledgeware Eedo Force Ten

ElearningForce JoomlaLMS


FileMaker Pro

FlexTraining Total e-Learning Solution

G-Cube Solutions Wizdom Web LMS

GeoMetrix Data Systems Training Partner

Halogen eLMS

HP Trim

Human resource management software HRMS

ICS Learning Group Inquisiq EX

Ikonami AT-Learning Tool

Inspired eLearning iLMS

Intelladon Enterprise Knowledge Platform EKP

Intelligent Information Conversion Technologies MeritScholar

Intellum Rollbook

Interwoven software

Learn HQ Activate LMS

Medworxx Learning Management System

Microsoft NetMeeting

Microsoft Publisher

Mzinga On-Demand Learning Suite

NetDimensions Enterprise Knowledge Platform EKP

OnPoint Digital OnPoint Learning & Performance Suite

Operitel LearnFlex

Pathlore LMS

Plateau Learning Management System LMS


PRO-ductivity Systems Compliance Training Manager Web

Qarbon ViewletBuilder Professional

Right Reason Technologies RightTrack

RISC Virtual Training Assistant

SkillSoft SkillPort

SumTotal Systems ToolBook

SumTotal Systems TotalLMS knowledgeWorks LMS

Telania eLeaP Learning Management System LMS/LCMS

The Human Equation InSite LMS

TrainCaster LMS

TrainOnTrack Learning Management System LMS

Upside Learning UpsideLMS

Web browser software

Xerceo Learn

Xyleme Learning Content Management System LCMS

Ziiva Prosperity LMS


Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Teaching others how to do something.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Operations Analysis

Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

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Occupation Sections


Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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