WHAT DO CORPORATE TRAINERS DO?
Love the office environment but interested in teaching? Do you enjoy sharing the skills you have with others? You may be interested in a career as a corporate trainer. Corporate trainers work in offices to teach skills and knowledge to employees. They might work full time for the company or be hired as from a corporate training company for a short period of time. Corporate trainers can have different specialties and might use their skills to train new employees, teach new skills or business systems to existing employees, help with transitioning during a corporate merger or more.
Corporate trainers are teachers and must be able to speak in front of a crowd, produce and understand training materials, work closely with individuals and evaluate how well employees have learned. Trainers might work manually with written materials, or use educational and testing software as part of the training process. Corporate trainers must be able to develop and maintain a budget for their work.
HOW MUCH DO CORPORATE TRAINERS MAKE?
In 2010, training and development managers made a median hourly income of $42.87, or $89,170 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Corporate trainers have at least a bachelor's degree, but an increasing number have a master's degree. There are many fields that a corporate trainer can come from and it depends on their training specialty. Examples are human resources, business administration, organizational management, educational psychology, information technology, or many more.
Regardless of education background, corporate trainers must have experience in their field.
Certification is available but not required. The American Society for Training and Development and International Society for Performance Improvement both offer certification programs.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Critical Thinking: Corporate trainers will have to develop or assess materials that will help employees understand the subjects being taught. Trainers will have to understand the needs of the employees and judge what will work.
- Decision Making: Corporate trainers will have to decide the best programs to train their employees and meet the needs of the organization.
- Communication Skills: Corporate trainers need to speak present to groups of employees, speak interpersonally with individuals, report to management and meet with vendors. They must be friendly, clear, strong speakers.
- Management: Trainers might be in charge of training staff, or need to motivate and train large groups of employees.
THE FUTURE OF CORPORATE TRAINERS
Training and development manager jobs will grow steadily between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.