Human resource specialist was named among the top 25 "best jobs" in 2012, according to "U.S. News & World Report." Choosing an HR career puts you at the forefront of many important company functions, such as establishing policies, developing training programs and determining salary ranges for employees. Choosing a career in HR is not only profitable, but offers a prime spot in the corporate structure of your firm.
Lots of Positions
Every company has HR positions. You could work at the corporate office or at any number of regional offices. Some companies decentralize their human resources functions to be closer to major markets. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, reported that jobs for human resources managers are expected to increase 21 percent between 2010 and 2012. A 55 percent increase is expected for those working in the employment services industry. These are the folks who help companies fill positions. Many companies outsource the HR function to save on medical expenses and other benefits.
HR employees earn relatively high salaries compared to other workers. Human resources managers earned average annual salaries of $108,600 as of May 2011, according to the BLS. You would earn over $169,310 per year if you were among the top 10 percent in earnings. An HR manager job in the motion pictures and video industries would earn you $158,700.
Center of Hiring Process
Being at the center of the hiring process is critical, since this is one of the most important company functions. Corporations need someone to hire the most qualified employees and this task isn't easy. Competitors are vying for the same candidates.
Your duties in the employee selection process include placing "help wanted" ads, selecting applicants from piles of resumes, screening them and hiring those who are most qualified. Ensuring that employees complete all legal forms including I-9s and W-4s are also part of your job description. I-9s prove employee eligibility for working in the United States, while W-4 forms determine amounts deducted for taxes on employee paychecks.
Selection of Benefits
Next to employee compensation, nothing is more important than their benefits. If you choose an HR career, you would select medical and insurance programs for your company as well as investment vehicles. Your responsibility to your employer is finding the most cost-effective benefits.
All told, your services in the benefit selection process affect every employee in your company. And these decisions will become more crucial as dramatic changes are made to health care in 2014.
2016 Salary Information for Human Resources Specialists
Human resources specialists earned a median annual salary of $59,180 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, human resources specialists earned a 25th percentile salary of $44,620, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $78,460, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 547,800 people were employed in the U.S. as human resources specialists.
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