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Corporate Trainer


How to Become a Corporate Trainer
Job Duties of a Corporate Trainer
Skills and Qualities of a Corporate Trainer
Corporate Trainer Salaries
Influential Professionals in this field
Leading Organizations for Corporate Trainers
Top Cities for Corporate Trainer Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How to become a Corporate Trainer

There is no single degree that best enables a person to become a corporate trainer - in fact, a multi-disciplinary approach is best. Most trainers have backgrounds in some kind of social science or applied social science, and many have advanced degrees. Many corporate trainers have some kind of human resources experience, although not all. Employers look for people who can produce results, who present well, and whose work is well balanced and aligned with the goals the company is aiming for. As such, many corporate trainers who are consultants spend time cultivating their skills and obtaining good references to strengthen their chances at large opportunities. Corporate trainers are very much like consultants, and experience and a well rounded background is important. Some trainers take a meandering path to becoming a corporate trainer, and it is hard to find trainers with the exact same experience backgrounds. As such, there is no one who can really tell you what the path to becoming a trainer actually is.

What does a Corporate Trainer do?

A corporate trainer provides a vital link in a company or business' function by overseeing, developing and delivering training programs for professional development for employees. These efforts feed into increasing productivity and efficiency in a company and have become recognized as more important in recent years than before. Not only is training used to increase productivity, but it is also seen as a vital element in a healthy, thriving corporate culture where people's skills are valued and are encouraged to grow. Corporate trainers are sometimes employees of companies a part of an internal department, but they are also often sole proprietors or consultants who are contracted by a company to perform or develop certain training programs.

Corporate trainers conduct programs in whatever environment, a classroom, for example, or a factor floor, that is most appropriate for the program content. They do spend a lot of time studying and preparing for programs as well as debriefing after programs end to ascertain the effectiveness of the program itself. At all times, corporate trainers have to bear in mind and achieve the goals set for them by their company/employer.

Corporate trainers are versatile and can cover a number of subject areas, like technology, management skills, strategic problem solving, team building, change management, etc.

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Corporate Trainer?

A strong handle on people and group dynamics is important to become a corporate trainer. More importantly, though, is the ability to listen actively to what is going on with an audience and what is being asked for by the company that is key. It is the corporate trainer's job to effect change, so often an intuition-based intelligence is helpful. Teaching skills are obviously a must, but so is the desire to stay inspired and keep on top of teaching and coaching trends.

How much do Corporate Trainers make?

Depending on the level of experience and job responsibility, training managers make between $46,000 - $144,000+ while specialists make between $28,000 - 82,000. Obviously, corporations are the largest employer type for corporate trainers, and salaries are extremely varied.


Who are some influential professionals in this field?

It's a good idea to look at who is leading the professional organizations in this field to see who the leaders are. For example, Tony Bingham is the CEO of American Society for Training and Development, the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

The Society for Human Resource Management is one important organization for corporate trainers. Two others are American Society for Training, and Development (ASTD) and World at Work. World at Work is an association geared toward employee retention and motivation for human resource professionals. ASTD is an association for performance and learning professionals in the workplace.

What are the top cities for Corporate Trainer jobs?

Big cities with thriving corporate cultures are good places to look for job opportunities. New York is the best city for corporate trainer jobs, with Atlanta in second place. Los Angeles is the third best city for corporate trainer jobs. Dallas and Chicago are in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

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