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

  • $1,550 Weekly Pay
  • 26,600 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 75.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.2 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 60.0% female Gender Share

The number of Training and Development Professionals fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 26,600 in 2017 to 26,600 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 20,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Training and Development Professionals work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (75.1%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 60% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200725400
200828200
200925600
201026900
201128200
201230600
201326000
201424200
201526800
201620400
201726600
202226600

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Training26.2
Public Administration and Safety20.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services11.5
Health Care and Social Assistance8.1
Other Industries33.5

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 2017, 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
NSW30.931.6
VIC19.126.2
QLD26.119.7
SA7.96.7
WA8.710.8
TAS1.62.0
NT1.41.1
ACT4.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.5-5.25.2
20-243.6-9.99.9
25-3417.9-23.623.6
35-4433.4-21.721.7
45-5420.8-20.820.8
55-598.6-8.88.8
60-649.6-6.06.0
65 and Over5.7-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Training and Education VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-3131.00 - Training and Development Managers.

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