Training industry in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

The training industry in the Unites States includes both internal and external resources engaged by companies to provide training to their staff, so that their staff have the specific skills they need to perform their job. Such skills can relate to areas such as the use of internal systems, legal compliance requirements, and general company policies and processes. In this respect training is to be distinguished from workplace learning, which is the broader goal of absorbing information so as to generally improve skills and abilities. Learning is therefore more focused on more how to handle future situations whose exact details cannot be foreseen, whereas training is directed at teaching people the specific skill set needed to perform a range of predefined tasks.

In 2018, the overall size of the North American training market was estimated at 166.8 billion U.S. dollars. While growth has plateaued since 2015, the years from 2009 to 2015 saw significant growth, with the overall market size growing from 110 billion to 160 billion U.S. dollars. Spending on training in the United States is strongly skewed in favor of internal resources. In 2019, 51.7 billion was spent on internal training staff, compared to only 7.5 billion on externally provided products and services. Of the areas outsourced, the most common are content creation, learning management system hosting, and instruction and facilitation.

The two most common training methods used in the United States in 2019 were instructor-led classrooms, or a blended approach combining instructor-led classrooms with some form of technology. However, around 30 percent of companies reported that they use online or computer based training methods only, where no instructor is involved. The area which has the highest adoption of online training is compliance training, with 29 percent of companies reporting that their compliance training is mostly or all online. Conversely, the areas with the lowest adoption are executive development, management and supervisory training and sales training. As of November 2019, only 44 percent of companies in the U.S. expected to increase their spending on online training.

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