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Career Definition of a Field Training Manager
Some career options offer on-the-job training while other occupational fields may involve changes in procedures due to regulations, new technology or other factors. This is where a field training manager comes in. Their role is to ensure that all staff are properly trained to perform their tasks. As part of their duties they'll evaluate the current training programs that are in place and the training materials. They also consider the staff training needs. They identify areas in which training can make an impact on employee performance or can effectively develop skills that will benefit the employee and the company.
As they identify areas in which training is required or recommended they develop a budget and being to prepare a training program. They may choose existing materials or they may create their own materials. They can use a wide range of materials, including videos, online courses or seminars. Part of their duties involves teaching the instructors that they supervise how to use the new materials and teach the information to employees. They continuously monitor the employee training and evaluate how effective it is. Field training managers may travel to different business locations to oversee the training at those locations and assess its effectiveness.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Communication skills, instructional skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, analytical skills, computer skills, time management skills, budgeting skills, decision-making skills|
|Mean Salary (2017)*||$79,791|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||10% (training and development managers)|
Sources: *Glassdoor; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Preparing for a career as a field training manager begins with earning a bachelor's degree. Some degrees that are an asset for aspiring field training managers include human resources and educational psychology. There are employers who prefer applicants that have completed graduate studies, and a master's degree may increase job prospects. Certification programs can be pursued through a number of organizations, such as the Association for Talent Development or The Society for Human Resource Management. Certification is not required to become a field training manager but it may also improve employment prospects.
Field training managers must have instructional skills because part of their duties can include teaching their instructors new training programs. They need to have good analytical skills to effectively assess the existing programs and employee performance. Decision-making skills will help them identify the areas in which training needs to be expanded or altered. They need to have the ability to set budgets, process feedback and interact with those that they train, as well as supervisors who may report issues related to training. This means that it is important that they have strong communication skills as well as interpersonal skills.
Career Outlook and Salary
Field training managers are included with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) occupational report for training and development managers. While the BLS expects an average growth rate for all occupations of 7% from 2016 to 2026, the BLS projection for training and development managers is slightly higher at 10%. Glassdoor indicated that field training managers earned a mean annual income of $79,791 in 2017.
If a career as a field training manager sounds appealing, there other careers that involve developing or leading training programs that you may also want to consider. You can access information about some related careers through the links listed here.