Corporate trainers help other professionals learn new skills or develop existing ones. Some work for companies, guiding new hires through the onboarding process or helping current employees gain additional training. Others might work as independent consultants for clients in a variety of industries. These trainers typically lead programs that focus on team-building, goal achievement, motivation or customer service.
The field of corporate training is as broad as the skills and knowledge these professionals might teach. Corporate trainers can operate under a range of titles:
- Training and development specialist
- Management consultant
- Human resources specialist or manager
People come to this field from many disciplines, including teaching, human resources, management and information technology. However, corporate training jobs are competitive, so a specialized degree in the field may gives trainers an advantage.
A Look at Corporate Training Degrees
A bachelor's degree is the minimum education program requirement for working as a training and development specialist, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). To attain the position of training and development manager, further education at the master's degree level is often required.
Coursework varies from program to program, but training generally includes strong emphasis on the following areas:
- Written and oral communication
- Public speaking and presentations
- Employee training
- Employment practices
- Personnel administration
- Human resource development
- Compensation management
- Workforce planning and employment
Master's or doctoral degree programs typically offer students the opportunity to specialize in a specific area of corporate training. Possible concentrations may include human resource management, training and performance improvement, leadership and organizational leadership.
Professional development training and additional certifications can also be found through organizations such as the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) or the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).
Job Outlook for Corporate Training Professionals
Several factors are fueling job growth for training and development specialists, including the need to train employees who replace retiring baby boomers, an increasing reliance on independent consultants to improve businesses, and continual advancements in technology.
According to the BLS, demand for training and development specialists is projected to grow 15 percent nationwide between 2012 and 2022. The median annual salary for these professionals was $55,930 in 2012.
Training and development managers, who lead and coordinate training programs and oversee staff, are expected to see employment growth of 11 percent between 2012 and 2022, reports the BLS. The median annual salary for this occupation was $95,400 in 2012.
Corporate training majors might also consider pursuing careers as:
- Instructional coordinators
- Labor relations specialists
- Compensation and benefits specialists or managers
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