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What Does a Training and Development Specialist Do?

If you’re a charismatic person who enjoys helping individuals and teams function better, consider becoming a training and development specialist. These specialists design, plan and organize training programs to help improve business performance. Programs can range from new employee orientation to major changes in how work gets done or decisions get made.

They assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, consultation with managers and other feedback. They use training methods that include audiovisual aids, classroom instruction, role-playing and computer devices. Training may be in person, online or both.

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A training and development specialist leads a focus group
A good training and development specialist is likely to be a ‘people person,’ as the majority of a specialist’s time is spent working directly with employees, either in person or online. (Credit: fizkes/Shutterstock)
A Day In the Life
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'You need to have an outgoing personality and be able to connect with people,' said Mia Luchins, a training and development specialist.
A Day In the Life

Mia Luchins once had a plan to dive deep into academia. Instead, she took a detour and got into training and development.

"It was time to go into the real world, so I took what I knew with the help of my mentor and used it to go into a field I love," says Mia.

Mia's personality and communication skills have been key assets to her success in helping clients understand and utilize technology, something she's been unknowingly working on for most of her life.

"It wasn't until after college that I realized I had years of job experience that would help me find my first job as a training coordinator."

And the starting point of all that early job experience? It all started with the Girl Scouts.

Job Responsibilities
  • Assess organizational or individual training need
  • Write training programs and prepare teaching plan and course materials
  • Deliver training courses online or in person using different learning methodologies
  • Set up equipment and training space
  • Direct structured learning experiences online
  • Evaluate effectiveness of the program and adjust as needed
  • Schedule classes, coordinate enrollment and do other administrative tasks
Education + Training

The educational background of development specialists varies. Most companies look for a combination of information technology skills and industry work experience. Some prefer candidates with a bachelor's degree. 

Areas of specialization include training and development, human resources, education, management science or instructional design. Graphic design skills are a plus for e-learning. Many colleges offer two- and four-year programs or specialized training courses.

Experience in e-learning, mobile training and technology-based tools is beneficial. Certification is generally not required but it may open up new opportunities.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have strong instructional skills
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Are creative and able to adjust to new training approaches and learning styles
  • Have good analytical skills
  • Have strong interpersonal skills, whether in public speaking or one-on-one

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