Human Resources Careers

Human Resources Careers Overview

Human Resources Careers Overview

People who have human resources careers are kind of like the matchmakers of the business world. Sometimes they work for one specific company to match the right people with open positions, but there's also a growing number of companies that provide human resources services to other companies. Those with human resources jobs recruit and screen applicants and are sometimes involved in the interview process, too. They're the ones who take care of payroll and benefits paperwork and serve as a connection between employees and management.

Human Resources Education

Employers like to see a bachelor's degree when they're hiring for human resources positions. Sometimes, though, experience can be a plus when interviewing for human resources careers. If you've worked in or had school coursework in business, accounting and professional writing, that experience may get your foot in the door in an entry-level human resources position. Even if you're able to land a low-level human resources job this way, you should still plan on pursuing your degree as you'll have to put in several years on the job to gain the experience to move up the ladder.

Human Resources Job Market

The job outlook for careers in human resources depends on which types of human resources jobs you're specializing in. Even though the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the basic job duties are essentially the same, the number of jobs and the projected growth for human resources Specialists and Human Resources Managers are different. In 2012 there were a reported 495,500 Specialists jobs with a projected growth of eight percent by 2022. Comparatively, the 2012 number for Managers was only 102,700, but the expected increase is larger: 13 percent over the next 10 years.

Human Resources Salaries

They may do basically the same job, but Human Resources Managers earn almost twice as much as Human Resources Specialists. This is because managers have the added responsibility of consulting with businesses' top executives to plan and strategize based on the company's labor needs and budget. For these extra duties, managers' median salaries in 2012 were reported to be $99,720 annually compared to specialists' average wages at $55,640.

Bank of Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii


Does this sound like you? Are you ambitious? Want to make a difference in people’s lives? Do you thrive in an environment that leverages your abilities as a fast lear...


Piscataway, New Jersey


Job Summary: The IEEE Human ResourcesDepartment is looking for a mature graduate student pursuing a postgraduatedegree in Human Resources to provide project based res...

Dow Chemical

Midland, Michigan


Description The Dow Chemical Company has an exciting part-time cooperative education job opportunity available in Midland, MI. This position is open to qualified and h...


Newtown Square, Pennsylvania


Requisition ID: 210488 Work Area: Marketing Expected Travel: 0 - 10% Career Status: Professional Employment Type: Regular Full Time COMPANY DESCRIPTION SAP started in...


Piscataway, New Jersey


Job Summary: The overall purpose of this position is to ensure that the IEEE Human Resources department provides analytical, technical, and operational support for co...

MetroSouth Medical Center

Springdale (Bentonville Region), Arkansas


Description Seeking a dedicated HR professional with a passion for working in partnership with operations colleagues to meet the people needs of a patient/customer fo...