Employee Training Specialist  What They Do

Just the Facts

Coordinates and conducts training programs to train new and existing employees how to perform required work, improve work methods, or comply with policies, procedures, and regulations.

This career is part of the Business, Management and Administration cluster Administrative and Information Support pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Assesses training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, focus groups, or consultation with managers, instructors, or customer representatives.
  • Designs, plans, organizes, or directs orientation and training programs for employees or customers.
  • Offers specific training programs to help workers maintain or improve job skills.
  • Obtains, organizes, or develops training procedure manuals, guides, or course materials, such as handouts or visual materials.
  • Presents information using a variety of instructional techniques or formats, such as role playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussions, videos, or lectures.
  • Monitors, evaluates, or records training activities or program effectiveness.
  • Develops alternative training methods if expected improvements are not seen.
  • Evaluates training materials prepared by instructors, such as outlines, text, or handouts.
  • Evaluates modes of training delivery, such as in-person or virtual to optimize training effectiveness, training costs, or environmental impacts.
  • Keeps up with developments in area of expertise by reading current journals, books, or magazine articles.


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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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