Job Development Specialist

Occupation Information table
Overview: Job development specialists counsel disadvantaged job applicants who are under-educated how to find job skills training programs and job openings. They advise organizations how to design jobs so they can be filled by these applicants. They track the success of their work.
Duties: They visit with human resource management departments of organizations to identify jobs that can be filled by under-educated and disabled persons.

They assist management in the design of affirmative action programs that would enable the hiring and development of under-educated persons. They help redesign job duties for these employees.

They administer aptitude and achievement tests to under-educated clients to assess their training needs and special talents. They prescribe job skills training programs to remedy deficiencies.

Counsel their clients to help them adapt to a new job and their fellow workers in an organization. They assess their clients' progress and advise them how to grow and advance.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2018 to 2028, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $32,000 to $36,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree or a master's degree in human resource management or in psychology with a concentration in industrial and organizational psychology is the preferred background for this occupation. Courses in ergonomics, special education for the disabled, counseling psychology and computer applications will strengthen your credentials.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.