Human Resources Specialists

General Information

Description

Perform activities in the human resource area. Includes employment specialists who screen, recruit, interview, and place workers.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit65.12%
  2. Private, not for profit12.56%
  3. State and local government10.31%
  4. Federal government8.94%
  5. Self-employed3.03%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Employment Services
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)

Job Outlook

Employment of human resources specialists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Companies are likely to continue to outsource human resources functions to organizations that provide these services, rather than directly employing human resources specialists. In addition, the services of human resources generalists will likely be needed to handle increasingly complex employment laws and benefit options. However, employment of human resources specialists will be tempered as companies make better use of available technologies. Rather than sending recruiters to colleges and job fairs, for example, some employers are increasingly conducting their entire recruiting process online. In addition, administrative tasks are more efficient with software that allows workers to quickly manage, process, or update human resources information.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$61,130

Military salary*

$67,266

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State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$93,010
$31,400
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 46%
  • Some college 28%
  • Associate's degree 11%
  • High school 8%
  • Master's degree 3%
  • Post-secondary certificate 3%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Administration and Management
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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