Human Resources Specialist Career Field

Human resources specialists specialize in one particular area of human resources management. In small businesses, a human resources specialist can be a human resources generalist and manage all aspects of human resources for a given business. Human resources specialists can specialize in areas like training, employee retention, labor relations, and benefits management.

Educational Requirements

Graduate College Certification in Human Resources (1 to 2 years beyond Bachelor’s degree)
Master’s Degree (2 years beyond bachelor’s degree) in Human Resources
A human resources specialist will generally need a bachelor’s degree just to get hired but even better is a master’s degree in business or human resources or at least a graduate certification in human resources.  Human resources specialists generally have several years of experience working in the HR industry and this allows them to specialize in a specific area.

Educational Courses

Benefits Management
Employment Law and Ethics
Employee Hiring and Management
Employee Training Programs
Employee Evaluation and Improvement

Employment Statistics

Number of Human Resources Specialists in 2008: 770,900
Projected Employment of Human Resources Specialists through 2018: 955,500
Average Annual Pay for Human Resources Specialists in 2008: $45,470

Top Colleges for Human Resources Programs

Western Governor’s University
Capella University
Walden University
University of Phoenix
Grand Canyon University

Related Careers

Education administrators
Public relations specialists

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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