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ASTD survey shows training professionals are on the move

A recent survey of more than 380 training, learning, and performance professionals by T+D magazine, the monthly magazine of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), reveals that 55 percent of respondents indicate the market is rebounding for learning and performance jobs. And, 88 percent of respondents plan to change jobs in the next three years, with 84 percent indicating they will stay in the field.

"The survey data reinforces some of the trends we've seen in the last six month - as the economy continues to show signs of improvement, organisations are starting to hire, and training professionals are on the move," says Pat Galagan, ASTD's Vice President of Content. "In fact, ASTD's online Job Bank recently saw its highest number of job postings ever - with a peak of more than 11,000 job seekers' resumes posted. These are the largest numbers we've seen since our Job Bank started in 2001."

The T+D magazine career survey, conducted online in March 2004, included 30 questions about salary, current and previous positions, reporting structures, longevity in the field, and predictions for future career movement and job changes. Additional information and data analysis will be published in the July issue of T+D magazine. Preliminary findings are shown below.

Is the job market rebounding?

Overall, respondents are conservatively optimistic that there is a positive trend of improvement for jobs in the workplace learning and performance industry.

Respondents in the 20 to 29 age group believe - more than 2 to 1 - that the state of the job market is improving (68.4 percent yes to 31.6 percent no). The same is true for respondents who work for a training/learning product or service company. Sixty-nine (69) percent agree that the market is improving.

Older respondents are slightly more conservative. Sixty (60) percent of the 30 to 50 age group say the state of the job market is improving.

Sixty-five (65) percent of respondents from organizations with more than 10,000 employees say the job market is rebounding, compared to 35 percent who disagree.

Who's changing jobs?

Almost 26 percent of respondents say they plan to change jobs in the next six months; 21.3 percent plan to change jobs within seven to 12 months; and 41.2 percent plan to change jobs in the next one to three years.

A strong majority - 85 percent - say their new positions will be in the training industry.

In response to the question, "In five years, what role/job function within your organization do you aspire to perform?" 18.5 percent of respondents want to be a training manager or supervisor; 12 percent want to be a chief learning officer (CLO); and 10 percent want to be department directors.

Does education or gender affect salary?

One hundred (100) percent of respondents with a doctorate earn over US$50,000 per year; 30 percent make over US$100,000 per year.

Sixty-one (61) percent of respondents with master's degrees make US$40,000 to US$70,000.

Sixty (60) percent of respondents with bachelor's degrees make US$30,000 to US$60,000.

Women earn US$.92 for every US$1.00 earned by a man. This is far better than then national average in the US, which is US$.77 on the dollar.

Twenty-seven (27) percent of male respondents and 22 percent of female respondents earn US$50,000 to US$60,000. However, 27 percent of male respondents earn more than US$70,000 compared to 19.5 percent of female respondents.

The majority of respondents living in the Northeastern United States and holding the position of training manager or supervisor indicate their current salary is US$80,000 to US$90,000 per year.

Where do they work?

Fifty-five (55) percent of respondents indicate that they work for a for-profit organization. Twentyfive (25) percent work in the finance/insurance industry; 13 percent work in educational services; and 11 percent work in health care and social assistance. The remaining respondents work in one of 16 other industry sectors.

Thirty-six (36) percent of respondents say they work at the practitioner level; 27 percent work at the manager level; and 11 percent work at the supervisor level.

Twenty-seven (27) percent of respondents hold the title of training manager or supervisor; 19 percent hold the title of traditional classroom trainer; and 17 percent hold the title of instructional designer. Other job titles included content developer, internal consultant, and project manager.

About the ASTD

The ASTD is a leading association of workplace learning and performance professionals with 70,000 members and associates from more than 100 countries and thousands of organisations.

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