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19. Employee/HR Trainer

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Employee/Human Resources Trainer
Median pay: $67,900
Top pay: $106,000
10-year job growth: 28.3%
Total jobs*: 217,700
What they do all day? Employee trainers are a company's educators. They help workers maintain, improve and add job skills that will make them more valuable. With managers, they develop focused course plans and then lead employees in the training programs.

How to get the job? A degree in human resources is essential. Further certification adds to a candidate's marketability. A desire to teach others is fundamental.

What makes it great? Companies are still looking for ways to cut costs by reducing headcount. By helping workers improve their skills, a trainer can give them the competitive edge needed to keep their jobs and advance within an organization.

What's the catch? Much employee training falls under the "mandatory" rather than "voluntary" heading. A good trainer needs a lively imagination and engaging personality to hold the attention of a captive audience. --T.Z.

Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction Low stress Benefit to society Flexibility
Published: October 29, 2012
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
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