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Analyzing and designing training in an organization can be a fulfilling and lucrative employment opportunity. Training analyst positions can be diverse, allowing the analyst to design programs, implement and deliver them and also measure their effectiveness within the organization. After working as a training analyst, individuals may be able to secure a management position working as a training manager in the organization.
Training analysts perform functions such as researching and developing training programs for their company. Analysts generally develop curricula, evaluate training delivery and measure results. They may also recommend changes to current programs or ideas for future ones. A training analyst is generally responsible for preparing classroom curricula, lectures, demonstrations and presentations, and she may also be responsible for developing online and/or mobile training programs. Some training analysts may be required to supervise or direct the work of other employees in the organization. They generally report to a training manager or department head.
Salary and Benefits
According to Salary.com, in 2010 the average salary for a training analyst in the United States is approximately $65,000 annually. On average, less than 3 percent of training analysts are eligible to receive bonuses; however, those that do receive approximately $2,500 annually. On average, benefits received by training analysts include health care, disability, pension, paid time off such as vacation and sick time as well as 401K retirement plans.
Training analysts should generally be able to train corporate personnel on internal operations and they must have knowledge of specific organization systems. Training analysts should be able to analyze current and future strategies regarding training and should be able to implement new and innovative training strategies into the organization. Some knowledge of management systems may be required for online learning as well as mobile training systems. Training analysts should have excellent problem solving, communication and organizational skills. They should be able to work independently and communicate with employees at all levels in an organization. A valid driver’s license may be required. Some government organizations may require that the training analyst be a U.S. citizen.
Education beyond the high school level is generally required for a training analyst position. Some organizations will accept an associate’s degree in a related field. Some organizations require at least a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as public administration, business administration, organization management and industrial psychology and management. Some companies will accept a combination of education and relevant work experience.
Organizations that hire training analysts include government agencies such as the federal government, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. Physician management services as well as financial service organizations, such as Citigroup and Dun and Bradstreet, also employ training analysts.
Based in Richmond, Va., Susan Ayers is a senior learning associate for a financial organization. She previously developed web-based training for Circuit City and spent a number of years creating eLearning courses for a not-for-profit law enforcement organization. Ayers graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a master's in education from St. Joseph's College.