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Human Resources

Job Duties

As a Human resources specialist, you will recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. In addition to recruiting and placing workers, you will help guide employees through all human resources procedures and answer questions about policies and manage work related conflict. You will often administer benefits and handle any associated questions or problems. You will also ensure that all human resources functions comply with federal, state, and local regulations. And with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, you will have an understanding of the professional skills needed to complete work related tasks.

Education and Certification Requirements

Applicants must usually have a bachelor’s degree. However, the level of education and experience required to become a human resources specialist or labor relations specialist varies by position and employer.  Many students go on to earn a masters degree in HR. 


The median annual wage for human resources specialists was $60,880 in May 2018. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,270, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $104,390.

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.

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