About a month ago, I put out a request on Twitter for all learning and development people to add to a list of L&D job titles. I was looking to see what titles existed, as I had been asked to select a new title for my job - a social business, performance supporting, social and informal learning promoting, collaboration and community-encouraging, learning mashup.
The crowdsourced Google Doc is here. Please feel free to add to it at any time.
Some first thought takeaways I discovered from looking at the list:
- There's no such thing as a Learning and Development "job" any more. I contacted many of those who added to the list and it seems that even if we have a standard title, our jobs encompass many different roles with wider business implications. L&D has evolved such a long way since we just sat in offices in HR. The most interesting L&D people I talked to, who were the most engaged in their jobs, seem to have the kind of mashup job like I do.
- It's difficult to get across what we do in a title. For me, it takes a description of the projects I'm working on and what business processes these are supporting before people understand what I do.
- We are all consultants. Whether trainers, elearning designers, or performance specialists, everyone I talked to either explicitly or implicitly talked about the consulting skills you need to be a success in an organization.
- The multitude of job titles makes salary discussions difficult. Patti Shank, the research director at the eLearning Guild, creates an excellent salary report once a year. But it's complicated to talk salaries in an industry with so many complex job roles. Do I benchmark myself to trainers, instructional designers, learning systems designers, performance specialists? I'm not sure.
The job titles (without heirarchies attached (i.e. no Senior, Director etc., apart from CLO):
Business Interface Representative
Chief Learning Officer
Employee Experience: Learning
Human Performance Analyst
Innovation and Learning
Learning and Collaboration
Learning and Development
Learning and Development Innovation
Learning and Engagement
Learning and Development Facilitator
Learning and Innovation
Learning and Organizational Development
Learning and Performance
Learning and Talent Development
Learning and Technology
Learning Business Partner
Learning Systems Engineer
Learning Technology and Design
Mobile Learning Architect
Performance Improvement Specialist
Performance Support Architect
Training and Development
Training and Communication Specialist
Training and Technical Specialist