Human Resources Job Titles for Every Stage of Your Career
You re ready for a change. Your current position is not satisfying your desire to work closely with others in a relational, yet professional capacity and doesn t have the earning potential you need. With your interests in mind, human resources (HR) seems like it might be a good fit, but you re just not sure if this career path has what you re searching for.
It may be time to take a second look. Instead of doing all the web surfing yourself, read below to learn about a few of the top human resources jobs for each level of your career entry-level, mid-level and senior-level.* Then you can clearly see if this career will take you where you want to go.
Entry-level (0-2 years experience): HR assistant / associate / representative
You need to have a starting point in any career. In HR, these entry-level positions often report to and provide assistance to higher-level HR professionals. Employees in these entry-level positions gather and manage personal information about employees of an organization.
The first task someone in one of these roles performs is to explain company policies, benefits and procedures to employees or job applicants. They are also responsible for recording employee addresses, weekly earnings, absences, amount of sales or production, supervisory reports on performance and dates of and reasons for terminations.
An HR assistant will also support recruitment and training efforts as well as maintain records of grievances, performance evaluations and leaves of absence.
- Median annual income: $38,040**
- New jobs projected (through 2022): 37,100
- Education requirements: high school diploma / associate degree
Don t think of this as a step backwards, but as a launching pad think of it as the place where you fuel up for the rest of your new HR career.
Mid-level (2-8 years experience): HR specialist / coordinator / generalist
Now that you know what will be available to you when you start your career, these are jobs you can grow into in just a few short years. This is the point at which an HR employee usually gets his/her first taste of dealing with employee relations issues, including harassment or complaints.
He/she will use HR management software to prepare and maintain employment records related to hiring, termination, leaves of absence, transfers and promotion. These employees are also responsible for explaining policies and procedures as well as enforcing laws, standards and regulations.
- Median annual income: $57,420
- New jobs projected (through 2022): 109,500
- Education requirements: associate / bachelor s degree
This is the path to follow if you like variety in your workday and don t get overwhelmed juggling multiple initiatives across the entire organization.
Senior-level (8+ years experience): HR manager / director / vice president
The entry-level and mid-level positions listed above introduce employees to the multifaceted world of HR, but if you envision yourself managing a team someday, you will need to get into a managerial role.
An employee at this level would typically analyze and modify compensation and benefits packages to establish competitive programs and ensure legal compliance. He/she would also lead the charge on difficult staffing duties including understaffing, employee disputes, terminating employees and administering disciplinary procedures. Senior-level HR employees also usually conduct new-employee orientation so they can foster the desired organizational culture.
- Median annual income: $102,780
- New jobs projected (through 2022): 40,600
- Education requirements: bachelor s / master s degree
This is the path for those who don’t just want to work in HR someday, they want to be the person to whom everyone else answers. Attaining a position in this category will take effort to achieve, but it will afford an opportunity to be in a leadership role with great earning potential.
The first step toward your human resources future
Now that we ve told you the options for each step of your HR career, it s your turn. You need to take the first step toward achieving the human resources job you want. For most of these careers, it starts with the right education. Learn how to earn a business degree fromRasmussen College .
*Human resources assistant,human resources specialistandhuman resources manager. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
**Salary data represents national, averaged earning and includes workers of all levels of experience and education. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.
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