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.

Also known as: Training Officer.

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

You usually need formal qualifications and industry experience to work as a Training and Development Professional. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Training and Development Professionals.

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

All Training and Development Professionals

  • $1,742 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 27,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 77% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 58% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Training and Development Professionals (in their main job) grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 27,500 in 2018 to 25,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 19,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Training and Development Professionals work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Public Administration and Safety; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,742 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (77%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 58% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200828000
200925500
201026800
201128100
201230400
201325900
201424400
201527400
201620900
201723600
201827500
202325900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings17421460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training23.5
Public Administration and Safety20.0
Health Care and Social Assistance8.9
Financial and Insurance Services7.8
Other Industries39.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
NSW28.831.6
VIC24.825.6
QLD21.820.0
SA6.47.0
WA12.010.8
TAS1.82.0
NT1.41.0
ACT3.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketTraining and Development ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.9-5.05.0
20-244.0-9.39.3
25-3423.0-22.922.9
35-4426.5-22.022.0
45-5425.6-21.621.6
55-5910.4-9.09.0
60-646.3-6.06.0
65 and Over3.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationTraining and Development ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate16.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree25.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma20.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV21.9-21.121.1
Year 1210.7-18.118.1
Year 111.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.4-12.512.5

You usually need formal qualifications and industry experience to work as a Training and Development Professional. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Training and Development Professionals.

Membership with the Australian Institute of Training and Development may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Training and Education VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Useful links and resources


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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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    88% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. English Language

    77% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    72% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Personnel and Human Resources

    71% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  5. Administration and Management

    66% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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The skills and 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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Telephone

    100% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Contact With Others

    98% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Freedom to Make Decisions

    88% Important

    How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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