Technical Trainer

Job Description

Technical Trainers prepare and teach classes to help workers learn new skills. Their key responsibilities include assessing training needs, creating training materials, and teaching classes. Technical Trainers need to have excellent presentation and communication skills, along with a calm and patient demeanor.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assess training needs
  • Develop training manuals and class materials
  • Teach new skills to employees
  • Conduct surveys and evaluate training
  • Set up training systems and equipment
  • Schedule classes

Education and Background

Technical Trainers need to earn a high school diploma or equivalent. They should receive a bachelor’s degree, ideally in a field such as education or training and development. Candidates with experience in the industry, preferably with a knowledge of technology tools and mobile training, get a boost in the job marketplace. 

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Advanced technical skills in e-learning and mobile training
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with others
  • Specialized knowledge of specific industries
  • Teaching ability and a calm, caring demeanor
  • Keen attention to detail

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Technical Trainer with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $47,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $48,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $49,000
  • Miami, Florida: $53,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $53,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $59,000
  • Houston, Texas: $55,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $60,000
  • New York City, New York: $62,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $50,000
  • Overall: $55,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $53,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $54,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $59,000
  • Miami, Florida: $66,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $66,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $67,000
  • Houston, Texas: $63,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $79,000
  • New York City, New York: $80,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $64,000
  • Overall: $66,000

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  • Training and Development Specialist
  • Training and Development Manager

Career Path

Technical Trainers must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Then students should earn a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, such as education or human resources. A master’s degree is not required, although it can broaden a trainer’s career opportunities. Some employers prefer to hire candidates with certifications from organizations such as the Association for Talent Development or the International Society for Performance Improvement.

Position Trends

The need for Technical Trainers should continue to grow as companies introduce new technology. Social media and mobile learning will become more popular methods of training. Some employers require continuing education and skills development classes, which will drive the need for Technical Trainers.

Some companies decide to outsource their training needs, which presents opportunities for travel for those who work at training and development firms.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for Technical Trainers and Training and Development Specialists should grow by nine percent over the next several years, which is faster than average. People with strong technical skills who have earned a master’s degree and certification will be in demand.

Typical Hours

Technical Trainers usually work regular weekday office hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They may need to travel, depending on the employer.

Where You Can Find Jobs

  • 4 Corner Resources
  • Career Builder
  • Glassdoor
  • Indeed
  • LinkedIn
  • Monster
  • Association for Talent Development

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