A recent study by Accenture shows that US executives still believe there is a skill shortage in America and that they won't have the necessary skills in place in their businesses in the next 1 to 2 years. The survey revealed that 72% of executives identified training as one of the top ways for employees to develop new skills and that 51% of respondents plan to increase their training and development programs over the next 2 years. With growth in training coming, will companies be growing their internal training staff? We recently reported about jobs that advertise "on the job" training. Today, we look at recent hiring trends for Training and Development professionals to see what demand has been like.
Surprisingly, the demand for Training and Development Specialists has declined in the past year. Last October represented a 4-year high in demand for Trainers. However, this year, there were about 27,000 jobs available online for training professionals in October – an 18% year-over-year decline. The Washington DC metro area had 1,500 jobs advertised this year, the greatest number for trainers in the US. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston also had high demand. The number of jobs for training and development professionals in all of these cities dropped compared to last year.
Hiring Demand for Training and Development Professionals
Here are the most commonly advertised job titles for training professionals. While some of these titles wouldn't surprise you, it is interesting that companies are not just hiring for junior or mid-level training specialists, but also for Managers and Directors.
- Training Specialist
- Team Member Trainer
- Training Manager
- Training Coordinator
- Development Coordinator
- Training and Development Manager
- Senior Training Specialist
- Director of Development
- Corporate Trainer
- Manager of Learning and Development
Our Hiring Scale shows that Training and Development professionals are likely to be moderately difficult-to-fill. The Hiring Scale scores range from 1 to 99, with 99 being the hardest to recruit. Currently, Training and Development Specialists score a 48 on the Scale. Some of the hardest places to fill these jobs are York (PA), Champaign-Urbana (IL), Bremerton (WA), and Anchorage (AK). These 4 metro areas have very small talent pools and employers will likely face fierce competition when recruiting potential candidates. Consequently, these jobs can remain online for up to a week longer than the national average.
Hiring Scale for Training and Development Specialists
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