Workforce development professionals work to develop employment opportunities for job seekers, while acting as a liaison to employers. They often work with government officials to keep abreast of labor statistics and economic trends. They assist job seekers with resume development, job search techniques and interviewing skills. Workforce development professionals establish and maintain relationships with government agencies, non profits, area employers and educational institutions.
Workforce development professionals develop career strategies for job seekers, utilizing assessments and other tools. They also work with businesses to determine their employment needs and partner the company with a qualified candidate. They serve as advocates for the community in supporting education and employment initiatives.
Workforce development professionals must be excellent communicators and possess sales and networking skills. They should be comfortable working with a diverse demographic and have knowledge of labor market statistics. They must be effective negotiators and possess excellent time management skills.
Nature of Work
Workforce development professionals should be able to work flexible hours within an office utilizing various equipment. They must be able to adapt to stressful situations and meet multiple deadlines. Computer skills are essential to a workforce development professional, as well as effective presentation abilities. It is likely they will attend several meetings and could be required to travel.
Compensation and Outlook
The median income for career developers is $28,030 and $67,730 and employment is expected to grow much faster for human resources professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment in workforce development can be found in employment agencies, management and consulting firms, colleges and government agencies.
Training and Certifications
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workforce development professionals should possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree in psychology, business, human resources or sociology. Courses in marketing, social sciences and law are also recommended. Certifications can be obtained through the Society for Human Resource Management, National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, and the International Association of Workforce Professionals.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Managers and Specialists
- Society of Human Resource Management: Certification Preparation
- National Association of Workforce Development Professionals: Certification
- International Association of Workforce Professionals: Certified Workforce Specialist
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