Training and development specialists
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Overview
Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for training and development specialists are expected to grow by 12%, and should have about 31,800 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Training and development specialists are less likely to be automated than 91% of other careers.
Workforce size
Training and development specialists, with 282,800 workers, form a larger workforce than 84% of careers.
Education
About 54% of training and development specialists have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by training and development specialists
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More training and development specialists have bachelor's degrees than 72% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for training and development specialists is higher than 68% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most training and development specialists.
This job's median $61KAll jobs' median $39K$61K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 55% of training and development specialists -- that's a larger percentage than 71% of other jobs.
Gender of training and development specialists
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For training and development specialists, the median men's salary was 20% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 21% of training and development specialists are minority, and 7% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of training and development specialists
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (7%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Training and Development Specialists per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 67% of training and development specialists, and 72% have company-sponsored health insurance (19% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for training and development specialists
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 55% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of training and development specialists who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (67%)
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Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do training and development specialists earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for training and development specialists, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for training and development specialists compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for training and development specialists (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all training and development specialists, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for training and development specialists compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for training and development specialists (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where training and development specialists work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Training and development specialists (ACS)
Private for-profit (63.9%)
Private not-for-profit (11.7%)
Local government (5.1%)
State government (6.0%)
Federal government (11.0%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (1.1%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of training and development specialists by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$56K$47K$52K$56K$67K$53K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of training and development specialists by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$61K$78K$60K$61K$53K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for training and development specialists

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Training and development specialists and gender

With 55% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 71% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Training and development specialists
Men (45%)
Women (55%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for training and development specialists, with the median salary for men 20% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Training and development specialists have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 60% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of training and development specialists

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. The percentage of minority training and development specialists falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. There is a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of training and development specialists
White (77% )
Black (14% )
Asian (3% )
Multiracial (3% )
Other (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
21%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
7%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for training and development specialists by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for training and development specialists by nativity
$54K$56K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by training and development specialists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), training and development specialists typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as training and development specialists as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for training and development specialists.

Education attained by training and development specialists
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for training and development specialists

Training and development specialists need a bachelor’s degree. Specialists may have a variety of education backgrounds, but most have a bachelor’s degree in training and development, human resources, education, or instructional design. Others may have a degree in business administration or a social science, such as educational or organizational psychology.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for training and development specialists

Many human resources associations offer classes to enhance the skills of their members. Some associations, including the Association for Talent Development and International Society for Performance Improvement, specialize in training and development and offer certification programs. Although not required, certification can show professional expertise and credibility. Some employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for training and development specialists? Below we see the distribution of training and development specialists salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as training and development specialists, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$32K$43K$49K$52K$62K$71K$75K$0$50K$100K$150KNone (2%)High School (12%)Some College (23%)Associate's Degree (10%)Bachelor's Degree (35%)Master's Degree (17%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by training and development specialists

This table shows the college majors held by people working as training and development specialists. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Training and development specialists with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
6.1%
$0$200K$53K
5.1%
$0$200K$63K
4.8%
$0$200K$56K
3.1%
$0$200K$51K
2.9%
$0$200K$60K
2.5%
$0$200K$60K
2.4%
$0$200K$63K
2.2%
$0$200K$54K
1.8%
$0$200K$70K
1.6%
$0$200K$50K
1.4%
$0$200K$67K
1.4%
$0$200K$73K
1.3%
$0$200K$55K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as training and development specialists, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by training and development specialists given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Managers (specialized areas)Accountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersCounselorsSocial workersElementary and middle school teachersPsychologistsPostsecondary teachersLawyers, judges, and magistratesPhysicians and surgeonsEducation administratorsRetail salespersonsCustomer service representativesSecondary school teachersEditorsWriters and authorsSpecial Education TeachersPreschool and kindergarten teachersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Market research analysts and marketing specialistsService sales representativesPolice officersProbation officers and correctional treatment specialistsSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersDetectives and criminal investigatorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesManagement analystsBusiness Management andAdministrationPsychologyGeneral BusinessCommunicationsEnglish Language andLiteratureGeneral EducationMarketingCriminal Justice and FireProtectionPolitical Science andGovernmentHistoryAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for training and development specialists

What jobs will most training and development specialists hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of training and development specialists reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Training and development specialistsTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Human resources workersManagers (specialized areas)Management analystsEducation, training, and library workers (specialized areas)First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersElementary and middle school teachersBusiness operations specialistsFirst-line supervisors of production and operating workersCounselorsCashiersReceptionists and information clerksSecretaries and administrative assistants
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for training and development specialists

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 7 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as training and development specialists as well as 1% of respondents after working as training and development specialists. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for training and development specialists: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as training and development specialists? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of training and development specialists surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for training and development specialists
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Retail salespersons
676,200
$0$200K$31K
2.1%
Waiters and waitresses
522,900
$0$200K$21K
1.3%
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
1.6%
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
1.5%
Postsecondary teachers
172,500
$0$200K$62K
1.5%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
171,800
$0$200K$39K
1.1%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
1.4%
Counselors
96,100
$0$200K$44K
2.5%
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
3.1%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
2.8%
Human resources workers
64,700
$0$200K$54K
3.1%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$43K
9.0%
Training and development specialists
31,800
$0$200K$56K
22.7%
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
31,000
$0$200K$53K
1.8%
Social and community service managers
16,300
$0$200K$54K
1.3%
Training and development managers
3,500
$0$200K$69K
3.0%
No occupation
6.6%
Read about training and development specialists
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Training and development specialists typically do the following:

  • Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, or consultations with managers or instructors
  • Design and create training manuals, online learning modules, and course materials
  • Review training materials from a variety of sources and choose appropriate materials
  • Deliver training to employees using a variety of instructional techniques
  • Assist in the evaluation of training programs
  • Perform administrative tasks such as monitoring costs, scheduling classes, setting up systems and equipment, and coordinating enrollment

Training and development specialists help create, administer, and deliver training programs for businesses and organizations. To do this, they must first assess the needs of an organization, and then develop custom training programs that take place in classrooms or training facilities. Training programs are increasingly delivered through computers, tablets, or other hand-held devices.

Training and development specialists organize or deliver training sessions using lectures, group discussions, team exercises, hands-on examples, and other formats. Training can also be in the form of a video, self-guided instructional manual, or online application. Training may be collaborative, which allows employees to connect informally with experts, mentors, and colleagues, often through the use of technology.

Training and development specialists may monitor instructors, guide employees through media-based programs, or facilitate informal or collaborative learning programs.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of training and development specialists? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Training and development specialists must evaluate training programs, methods, and materials, and choose those that best fit each situation.
Communication skills
Specialists need strong interpersonal skills because delivering training programs requires collaboration with instructors, trainees, and subject-matter experts. They accomplish much of their work through teams. Specialists must communicate information clearly and facilitate learning by diverse audiences.
Creativity
Specialists should be creative when developing training materials. They may need to think of and implement new approaches, such as new technology, when evaluating existing training methods.
Instructional skills
Training and development specialists often deliver training programs to employees. They use a variety of teaching techniques and sometimes must adapt their methods to meet the needs of particular groups.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for training and development specialists
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for training and development specialists was higher than 68% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for training and development specialists are anticipated to grow by 12% over the next decade; only 19% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for training and development specialists is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most training and development specialists? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as training and development specialists. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Training and Development Specialists per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where training and development specialists earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for training and development specialists compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for training and development specialists.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS
Median salary ratio: Training and Development Specialists to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which training and development specialists earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Training and development specialists (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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