Is corporate trainer a long-term career prospect?

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I am considering becoming a corporate trainer with a famous US food and beverages company.
I have diverse experience providing training, teaching at schools, working in HR dept and have a psychology degree.
I am very excited about the job scope. The job provides adequate challenges, traveling opportunities (which I really like), meeting with diverse people, and so on. This is basically the first job prospect I’m feeling excited about, after sending out thousands of resumes and attending a few interviews.
The concern I have is what can be my career path? Of course, since this is an established multinational company, I plan to stay on for 30-50 years.
But in the event that the company closes down, or if we have another financial meltdown, a merger or whatever, what can my career options be?
Can I become a Training & Dev Mgr if I choose to leave corporate training? Move into another industry and be a corporate trainer in that industry? Any corporate trainers out there?


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A recent workforce study found that companies spend an average of $ 1900 per employee for professional development (training). Thats not including training/orientation for new hires, etc. Some have in-house training staff, others out-source (thus providing employment oppertunities in a training business or even freelance). If you wind up becoming a trainer in a specific industry it makes you even more marketable, but a good trainer can “train” on most subjects with just a little homework. I have seen some Training Managers and Directors — even VP of Training jobs that pay in the 6-figures. The higher the pay, the more the travel requirements are. Keep in mind travel gets old when you ALWAYS have to do it. Corporate training is considered a growing field. That said, a close friend of mine is a trainer in Georgia and has been looking for an executive-level position in corporate training in the South for 2 years with no avail (and his credentials are solid). The high-dollar jobs tend to be offered to internal candidates either as a promotion from within the training deparment or people who become trainers after working in the company for some time so they can lend their experience. This is good if you are in with a company you want to stay with, tough when you are trying to break in. I hope this helps paint you a better picture. Good Luck!

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