Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Training and development professionals are self-employed and therefore work in a variety of settings including:
- large organizations
- government departments
- post-secondary schools.
Their contracts may vary from half-day sessions to long-term contracts (6 months to a year). The list of situations in which training and development professionals work is virtually endless.
With increasing business competition, developing a productive labour force has become a major concern for most organizations. The need to train employees in areas such as organizational change, strategic planning, creative problem-solving and conflict resolution has created growth in the training field.
Training and development professionals are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1121: Specialists in human resources. In Alberta, 80% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
- size of the occupation.
Over 12,300 Albertans are employed in the Specialists in human resources occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.4% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 172 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As training and development professionals form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for training and development professionals.