Human Resources

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Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. In addition to recruiting and placing workers, human resources specialists help guide employees through all human resources procedures and answer questions about policies and manage work related conflict. They often administer benefits and handle any associated questions or problems. They also ensure that all human resources functions comply with federal, state, and local regulations.

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.


The median annual wage for human resources specialists was $59,180 in May 2016. 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 $34,770, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $101,420.

Job Outlook

Employment of human resources specialists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

About 16 percent of human resources specialists work in the employment services industry, which includes employment placement agencies, temporary help services, and professional employer organizations. Employment growth in employment services is projected to be faster than the average as organizations continue to outsource human resources functions to professional employer organizations—companies that provide human resources services to client businesses.

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