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The job of a training and development manager is to coordinate the training functions within an organization. The goal of someone in this position is to efficiently provide workforce training to employees. The exact job description can vary depending on the objectives of the company, but most positions share core responsibilities. The Bureau of Labor Statics reported in 2012 that the annual mean salary for a training and development manager was about $103,000.
Developing Training Materials
A training and development manager creates a curriculum for training. The subject matter varies with the needs of an organization, but it may include material on safety, management, recruiting or technology. The goal in developing training materials is to create a standardized program to train employees, ensuring a consistent and accurate base of knowledge. This material is used repeatedly after its development, so quality is important.
Coaching and Training Employees
The most visible function of a training and development manager is the ongoing training of employees. This job requires excellent presentation skills, as it involves working directly with employees to coach them. Public speaking skills and charisma are beneficial. Training is delivered to employees at all levels, from hourly workers to top executives. Some managers may have a training staff to lead. Each company has its own method of training, but the training and development manager generally has responsibility for the delivery.
Educating New Hires
A training and development manager provides onboarding and training for new hires. These can be new employees at all levels. The goal is to quickly get the new hires up to speed on company policies and procedures. While new hires may continue their development later, orientation typically focuses on the basics of the organizational structure and the things an employee needs to know immediately.
Regulation and Compliance
Some training is required and regulated by the government. In these cases, the training and development manager is responsible for researching and ensuring the regulatory compliance of the training materials used and makes sure that employees are adequately trained on these issues. This is a critical responsibility of the job, as companies can face hefty fines and other repercussions if they do not remain compliant.
2016 Salary Information for Training and Development Managers
Training and development managers earned a median annual salary of $105,830 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, training and development managers earned a 25th percentile salary of $78,050, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $139,260, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 34,500 people were employed in the U.S. as training and development managers.
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Emma Sledge is an executive recruiter with Recruiting Services Group (RSG) and writes about career advice and information. Her work appears quarterly on the Senior Smart Network and her career/hiring advice articles are featured on RSG's Ask A Recruiter section. She received an AA in English from Santa Fe College and a BS in political science from Flagler College.
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