Training and Development

Is Training and Development for you?

Training and development managers plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization's employees. They oversee a staff of training and development specialists.

Skills and knowledge

Communication Skills -  Excellent oral and written communication skills are critical for anyone entering the field of learning and development. You’ll need to be able to speak in front of large and small groups as well as write effectively for a wide range of audiences.

Interpersonal Skills - Training professionals must have good “people skills.” Superb listening skills are required to successfully identify the needs of your audience. It’s also important to be socially perceptive—so that you’re aware of others' reactions and can adjust your message and approach as needed. Because most trainers act as consultants within their own organizations, it’s important to be able to develop constructive working relationships with others.

Creative Thinking - Training and development professionals need to be able to think creatively to design new programs and approaches to get their information across.   

Planning and Attention to Detail - Training and development professionals must be capable of putting together detailed plans and materials to support their educational programs.

Technology Skills - It’s increasingly important for training and development professionals to be technologically savvy. All trainers need to know how to use technology in the classroom, as well as how to effectively use learning management systems and online meeting platforms

Job Outlook

Employment of training and development managers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be favorable due to the continuing need for workplace training and education.