HRD competencies: analysis of employer expectations from online job postings

Malar Hirudayaraj, Rose Baker

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to inform the preparation of HRD professionals by providing an empirical analysis of the knowledge, skills, and responsibilities employers expect in the workplace. Design/methodology/approach: This study reports a qualitative content analysis of online HRD job postings. Findings: Results of this content analysis indicated that the most recent employer expectations for HRD practitioners as reflected in HRD-related job postings for knowledge and responsibilities were instructional design, training delivery, learning management systems, and learning technologies. The outcomes reinforced that employers specifically expect education technology-based knowledge and skills. Research limitations/implications: The job postings included in the study were all collected from one source, the Association for Talent Development job site. Practical implications: Educational programs can use these findings to inform curricular decisions related to knowledge and skills to be taught and practiced during the preparation of L&D practitioners and HRD professionals. Originality/value: This paper analyzes online HRD job postings to understand what knowledge and skills employers expected from L&D practitioners and HRD professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-596
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Training and Development
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 8 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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