Training and Development Specialists

risk level
Based on 130 votes
by year 2032
or $30.32 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

15% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Negotiation

  • Persuasion

User poll

38% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 15% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Training and Development Specialists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Training and Development Specialists' job openings is expected to rise 8.1% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Training and Development Specialists' was $63,080, or $30 per hour

'Training and Development Specialists' were paid 36.2% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 367,180 people employed as 'Training and Development Specialists' within the United States.

This represents around 0.25% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 402 people are employed as 'Training and Development Specialists'.

Job description

Design or conduct work-related training and development programs to improve individual skills or organizational performance. May analyze organizational training needs or evaluate training effectiveness.

SOC Code: 13-1151.00


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Mr. Philip Baskerville (Highly likely) says
Ai can develop the full suite of courseware based upon any prompt
Mar 12, 2024 at 11:55 PM
G Waddell (No chance) says
Training and development are "hands-on" jobs, and each trainee has to be treated a little differently depending on their prior experience, knowledge, and abilities. For example, a forklift trainer. Robots may deliver parts to a line in a large automotive plant; however, they can never totally replace forklifts, tugs, and other mobile-powered equipment jobs in the near future.
Mar 06, 2022 at 12:54 PM
Manuel Matos (Low) says
too many variables at stake at each moment, counting also on creativity and intuition
Oct 23, 2020 at 05:14 PM
Miew Ling (No chance) says
The world will realise that relying on robots only does not lend to humanising and personalising the learning experience. The more high tech we go, the more high touch we need! Finally, through critical thinking and questioning, human to human interaction will enhance our learning and development. Learning is not a sequential one way process. It is very chaotic! and another human will help us meander through life and learning.
Jun 10, 2020 at 04:42 AM
Shannon Ramirez (Low) says
The "human" component will remain key in providing a personalized learning experience for learners going forward.
Dec 11, 2019 at 04:34 PM
Yekaterina (No chance) says
I believe that HR L&D specialists, as well as L&D managers, are on the safe side as there are a lot of activities L&D are doing for PEOPLE development such as capabilities gaps analysis which can't be done by existing robots or chatbots. Robots can help people to source and make preliminary analysis but not interpretations which should be based not only on data but on intuition and common sense as well.
May 21, 2019 at 11:13 AM
Depressed sloth says
Agreed. Jobs like Marketing, PR, HR and corporate training will probably have the ability to be automated to a certain degree in the future, but the essentials of the jobs themselves is connecting with people, knowing what they want, protecting the company from lawsuits and so on. Other humans are not gonna trust a robot marketing him something or a entry level position being solely thought by a machine. When that kind of work is fully automated we will have bigger fish to fry regarding our worries.
Nov 08, 2019 at 04:32 AM

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