Recruiting can be difficult and time-consuming. We wanted to see if there were any indications that companies are increasing their use of internal training and development programs for their employees – both for new employees to ensure they receive new-hire training and also to further develop current employees, rather than going out and hiring for needed skills. In September, there were more than 23,000 jobs available online for Training and Development Managers or Specialists. This occupational area accounts for about 75% of human resource hiring demand last month. Despite declining from previous months' ad volume and an all-time high in May, this still represents a 12% year-over-year increase in demand when compared to September 2011.
Hiring Demand for Training & Development Managers – 4 Year Hiring Trend
The most desired skills in job ads for training and development specialists include
- Oral and written communication skills
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Project Management
- Technical Support
- Detail oriented
- Organizational skills
- Problem solving
- Construction management
- Program management
Many of these skills make sense, however we were surprised that technical support made this list. After we looked at the job ads, we saw that they are for positions that will specifically train IT and technical employees. Construction management was also unusual, but we found this to be a required skill for jobs specifically focused on engineering, architecture, and other construction training programs. It seems that many employers are looking for specialized Corporate Trainers, and in many times these are for hard-to-fill jobs (like these examples for technology and engineering professionals.) Is this a viable career path for a more experienced professional that can impart their knowledge and years of hands-on work to younger or newer employees? Or perhaps someone that is looking for a career change, but wants to put their skills to use?