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Training & Development Specialists

Also called: Corporate Trainer, Job Training Specialist, Senior Instructor, Supervisory Training Specialist

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What they do:
Design and conduct training and development programs to improve individual and organizational performance. May analyze training needs.
On the job, you would:
  • Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, focus groups, or consultation with managers, instructors, or customer representatives.
  • Design, plan, organize, or direct orientation and training programs for employees or customers.
  • Offer specific training programs to help workers maintain or improve job skills.


Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • management
  • multimedia


Basic Skills
  • using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail


You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate
  • Articulate Rapid E-Learning Studio
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Microsoft Visio
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • MySQL software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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