Training and Development Professionals plan, develop, implement and evaluate training and development programs to ensure management and staff acquire the skills and develop the competencies required by organisations to meet organisational objectives.

A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job. Around one in three workers have a university degree.

Tasks

  • identifying training needs and requirements of individuals and organisations
  • setting human resource development objectives and evaluating learning outcomes
  • preparing and developing instructional training material and aids such as handbooks, visual aids, online tutorials, demonstration models, and supporting training reference documentation
  • designing, coordinating, scheduling and conducting training and development programs that can be delivered in the form of individual and group instruction, and facilitating workshops, meetings, demonstrations and conferences
  • liaising with external training providers to arrange delivery of specific training and development programs
  • promoting internal and external training and development, and evaluating these promotional activities
  • monitoring and performing ongoing evaluation and assessment of training quality and effectiveness, and reviewing and modifying training objectives, methods and course deliverables
  • gathering, investigating and researching background materials to gain an understanding of various subject matters and systems
  • advising management on the development and placement of staff, and providing career counselling for employees

Job Titles

  • Training and Development Professional, or Training Officer
  • Training and Development Professional, or Training Officer

    Specialisations: Education Officer (Air Force and Army), Training Systems Officer (Navy)

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,550 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    23,300
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    33.5%
  • Female Share

    66.5%
  • Full-Time Share

    67.9%

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This is a large occupation employing 23,300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Training and Development Professionals work in most parts of Australia.
  • They work in many industries. Some of the main industries are: Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.4 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,550 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 41 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200521900
200624700
200727000
200825600
200926800
201027300
201131400
201227000
201324800
201425600
201523300
202023300

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsTraining and Development ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings15501230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryTraining and Development ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-time67.968.4
Part-time32.131.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.440.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training22.0
Public Administration and Safety13.4
Health Care and Social Assistance10.4
Financial and Insurance Services9.2
Other Industries45.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateTraining and Development ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
NSW26.331.8
VIC25.525.5
QLD18.819.8
SA6.16.8
WA14.911.2
TAS2.52.0
NT1.91.1
ACT4.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketTraining and Development ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.4-5.45.4
20-245.0-9.99.9
25-3426.0-23.423.4
35-4427.0-21.721.7
45-5422.6-21.121.1
55-5911.2-8.78.7
60-644.5-5.95.9
65 and Over2.3-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryTraining and Development ProfessionalsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males33.5Males53.6
Females66.5Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A skill level equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually needed to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have a university degree.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Training and Development Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Education and Training

    94% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  2. English Language

    91% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Administration and Management

    85% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. Personnel and Human Resources

    83% Important

    Recruiting and training people. Managing pay and other entitlements like sick and holiday leave. Negotiating pay and conditions.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    82% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Training and Teaching Others

    95% Important

    Identifying the educational needs of others, developing training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

  2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    93% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  3. Building Good Relationships

    92% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  4. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    92% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  5. Getting Information

    87% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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