Are You Training Your Trainers? Skill Requirements Change for Training & Development Specialists

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More than 31,000 job ads were available for Training and Development Managers during the past 60 days, representing an 8% growth in hiring demand and seeing a change in required skills, according to WANTED Analytics™.

Over the past 60 days, more than 31,000 jobs were advertised online for Training and Development Specialists in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. With recruiting for many jobs becoming more difficult, this may indicate that employers are focusing more on new-hire training programs as well as further development of current employees. Overall hiring demand was up 8% compared to the same time period in 2011.

The metropolitan areas with the most jobs online job ads for training and development specialists during the past 60 days were Washington (DC), New York (NY), Los Angeles (CA), Chicago (IL), and Dallas (TX). Although the Washington, DC metro area had the highest hiring demand across the United States, Dallas saw the highest year-over-year increase. In the Dallas metropolitan area, the number of job ads for training positions increased 20% from 2011.

Many of the most commonly required skills are general business skills, such as good verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, and being detail oriented. However, training and development jobs are more commonly specifying that potential candidates need knowledge and experience relevant to the training programs they will be working in. For example, technical support is the fifth most commonly required skill set for training and development specialists, due to the fact that there is high demand to train IT professionals. Demand for trainers to have experience in technical support increased 38% year-over-year. Other in-demand skills include construction management (for architecture, engineering, and construction training) which is up 73% compared to last year, and sales experience (for sales professional training programs) which grew 10%.

As employers increase hiring demand for Training and Development Managers, particularly when requiring niche skills, they are likely to experience more competition and an increased difficulty to fill. According to the Hiring Scale™, employers across the United States spend an average of 6 weeks advertising jobs and sourcing candidates for training and development positions. However, each location and region of the US will experience a varying degree of difficulty and time-to-hire. Companies in Santa Rosa, California and Fayetteville, North Carolina are currently experiencing more challenging overall recruiting conditions. Fierce competition has emerged among employers to attract enough potential, qualified candidates since hiring in these areas is growing more quickly than the local talent supply can support. Job ads in this area remain online for an average of 9 weeks.

In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the locations that are likely to find these jobs less difficult to fill are Wichita, Kansas and Sarasota, Florida. Larger talent supply compared to the hiring demand by employers in these metro areas means that open engineering jobs are likely to be filled easier and faster. The average duration of a job ad in these locations is 4 weeks, about 2 weeks shorter than the national average.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

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WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 700 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

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