Occupation Summary

Training and Development Specialists

O*NET 13-1151.00


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

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 20.30%.
Education Level:
Bachelor's Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.
Public Service

  1. Keep up with developments in area of expertise by reading current journals, books, or magazine articles.
  2. Present information using a variety of instructional techniques or formats, such as role playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussions, videos, or lectures.
  3. Schedule classes based on availability of classrooms, equipment, or instructors.
  4. Offer specific training programs to help workers maintain or improve job skills.
  5. Monitor, evaluate, or record training activities or program effectiveness.
  6. Attend meetings or seminars to obtain information for use in training programs or to inform management of training program status.
  7. Coordinate recruitment and placement of training program participants.
  8. Evaluate training materials prepared by instructors, such as outlines, text, or handouts.
  9. Develop alternative training methods if expected improvements are not seen.
  10. Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, focus groups, or consultation with managers, instructors, or customer representatives.
  11. Select and assign instructors to conduct training.
  12. Devise programs to develop executive potential among employees in lower-level positions.
  13. Negotiate contracts with clients including desired training outcomes, fees, or expenses.
  14. Refer trainees to employer relations representatives, to locations offering job placement assistance, or to appropriate social services agencies if warranted.
  15. Develop or implement training programs related to efficiency, recycling, or other issues with environmental impacts.
  16. Evaluate modes of training delivery, such as in-person or virtual to optimize training effectiveness, training costs, or environmental impacts.
  17. Design, plan, organize, or direct orientation and training programs for employees or customers.
  18. Obtain, organize, or develop training procedure manuals, guides, or course materials, such as handouts or visual materials.
  19. Monitor training costs and prepare budget reports to justify expenditures.
  20. Supervise, evaluate, or refer instructors to skill development classes.

National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Training and Development Specialists employed Annual Growth Rate
Management and technical consulting services 5.1 3.26
Computer systems design and related services 4.8 2.82
Depository credit intermediation 2.4 0.43

Labor Market Information

2018 Statewide average hourly wage $31.71
2018 National average hourly wage $31.31
2016 National employment 282,800
2016 Texas employment 23,559
Texas projected employment by 2026 28,342
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 2,944

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
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.
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
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.
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.
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Speech Clarity
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Speech Recognition
The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

  • Training and Teaching Others
    -- Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
    -- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Thinking Creatively
    -- Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Other Activities

  • Adapt activities to meet participant needs
  • Adapt course of study to meet student needs
  • Arbitrate disputes among groups or individuals
  • Assign work to staff or employees
  • Attend professional conferences and events
  • Collaborate with employees to improve organizational systems
  • Collaborate with employees to reduce costs
  • Communicate with others using social media
  • Conduct informational presentations
  • Conduct interviews to gather information
  • Confer with instructors or trainers
  • Contract meeting facilities
  • Coordinate educational events
  • Coordinate employee continuing education programs
  • Coordinate instructional outcomes
  • Design informational presentations
  • Design tools to facilitate employee development
  • Determine student learning levels
  • Develop computer performance standards
  • Develop course or training objectives
  • Develop employee orientation materials
  • Develop employee training materials
  • Develop evaluation instrument or objectives
  • Develop instructional materials
  • Develop instructional programs
  • Develop job evaluation programs
  • Develop operational budgets
  • Develop psychometric instruments such as tests, rating scales, or related material
  • Develop staff policies
  • Develop teaching aids
  • Develop training evaluation procedures
  • Develop training programs
  • Direct human resource programs
  • Discharge workers using employee dismissal guidelines
  • Edit written material content
  • Establish long-term relationships with industry professionals
  • Evaluate applicant, staff, or individual skill levels
  • Evaluate educational outcomes
  • Evaluate employee performance
  • Evaluate information from employment interviews
  • Evaluate management programs
  • Evaluate personnel benefits policies
  • Evaluate training programs, materials, or instructors
  • Facilitate program workshops
  • Hire workers to fill employment needs
  • Identify training needs
  • Implement company or staff policies
  • Implement employee compensation and benefit plans
  • Interview job applicants
  • Maintain business or financial records, reports, or files
  • Maintain educational or training-related records, reports, or files
  • Maintain group discipline in an educational setting
  • Maintain relationships with external agencies, organizations, and communities
  • Maintain simulator training systems
  • Manage decorum in meetings or group sessions
  • Manage operational budgets
  • Match clients to community resources
  • Monitor contract performance
  • Monitor training costs
  • Monitor trends in world trade
  • Negotiate business contracts
  • Organize educational material or ideas
  • Organize training procedure manuals
  • Orient new employees
  • Oversee execution of organizational or program policies
  • Oversee work progress to verify safety or conformance to standards
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Perform needs assessment
  • Prepare audio-visual teaching aids
  • Prepare business, operational, or managerial reports
  • Prepare instruction manuals
  • Prepare technical or scientific reports
  • Present information on human resource management issues
  • Promote organizational personnel
  • Provide assistance for job searches
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Provide customer service
  • Recommend modifications to educational programs
  • Recommend personnel actions such as promotions, transfers, and dismissals
  • Recruit candidates for employment
  • Recruit candidates for enrollment
  • Refer applicant to other hiring personnel
  • Refer clients to community services or resources
  • Refer patients to community resources
  • Resolve worker or organizational conflicts or grievances
  • Schedule employee work hours
  • Schedule individual, group, or organizational training
  • Schedule meeting facilities
  • Schedule meetings, activities, classes, or events
  • Schedule production or work to meet deadlines
  • Select applicants meeting qualifications
  • Select method of instruction
  • Select teaching materials
  • Supervise subordinate personnel or contractors
  • Teach secondary or post-secondary courses
  • Teach training techniques
  • Teach work-related or interest-based courses
  • Train others in work-related knowledge or skills
  • Train others in work-related procedures or techniques
  • Train workers in use of equipment or computers

  • Achievement
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Relationships
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.


Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Laser printers: Laser printers;

Liquid crystal display projector: Liquid crystal display LCD projectors;

Notebook computers: Laptop computers;

Overhead projectors: Overhead display projectors;

Personal computers: Personal computers;


Access software: Citrix software;

Computer based training software: Cobent Learning and Compliance Suite LCS; Computer Generated Solutions Learning Management System; EZ LCMS; Eedo Knowledgeware Eedo Force Ten; ElearningForce JoomlaLMS; FlexTraining Total e-Learning Solution; G-Cube Solutions Wizdom Web LMS; GeoMetrix Data Systems Training Partner; ICS Learning Group Inquisiq EX; Ikonami AT-Learning Tool; Inspired eLearning iLMS; Intelladon Enterprise Knowledge Platform EKP; Intelligent Information Conversion Technologies MeritScholar; Intellum Rollbook; Learn HQ Activate LMS; Medworxx Learning Management System; Adobe Systems Adobe Authorware; Adobe Systems Adobe Captivate; Articulate Rapid E-Learning Studio; Beeline Learning Management System LMS; Adobe Systems Adobe Presenter; Alchemy Systems SISTEM; Blatant Media Absorb LMS; Brainshark Rapid Learning; Halogen eLMS; Mzinga On-Demand Learning Suite; NetDimensions Enterprise Knowledge Platform EKP; OnPoint Digital OnPoint Learning & Performance Suite; Operitel LearnFlex; PRO-ductivity Systems Compliance Training Manager Web; Pathlore LMS; Plateau Learning Management System LMS; Qarbon ViewletBuilder Professional; RISC Virtual Training Assistant; Right Reason Technologies RightTrack; SkillSoft SkillPort; SumTotal Systems ToolBook; SumTotal Systems TotalLMS; Telania eLeaP Learning Management System LMS/LCMS; The Human Equation InSite LMS; TrainCaster LMS; TrainOnTrack Learning Management System LMS; Upside Learning UpsideLMS; Xerceo Learn; Xyleme Learning Content Management System LCMS; Ziiva Prosperity LMS; dominKnow Learning Center; techniques.org knowledgeWorks LMS;

Customer relationship management CRM software: Blackbaud The Raiser's Edge;

Data base user interface and query software: Blackboard software; Microsoft Access; FileMaker Pro software; MySQL software;

Desktop publishing software: Microsoft Publisher; Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign;

Document management software: Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat; HP TRIM software; Interwoven software;

Electronic mail software: Microsoft Outlook; IBM Lotus Notes;

Enterprise resource planning ERP software: Oracle PeopleSoft;

Graphics or photo imaging software: Microsoft Visio; Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software; Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks; Adobe Systems Adobe Flash;

Internet browser software: Web browser software;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint; Prezi;

Project management software: Microsoft Project; Microsoft SharePoint software;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Video conferencing software: Microsoft NetMeeting; Cisco Systems WebEx;

Video creation and editing software: Apple Final Cut Pro;

Web page creation and editing software: Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player; Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver;

Web platform development software: Hypertext markup language HTML; PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

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Sources of Additional Information
  • For more information about training and development specialists, visit: Association for Talent Development
  • International Society for Performance Improvement
  • For more information about human resources management careers and certification, visit
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Training and Development Specialists

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Market and Career Information  |  101 E. 15th Street, Annex Room 0252  |  Austin, Texas 78778
    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.