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Human Resources Specialists

Human Resources Specialists
Quick Facts : Human Resources Specialists*
2010 Median Pay$52,690
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012442,200
Job Outlook21% (Faster than average)
Employment Change90,700

Human resource specialists are in charge of taking on and terminating employees. They do everything from recruitment to placement of potential workers as well as handle areas such as payroll and benefits and training. They often administer benefits, process payroll, and handle any associated questions or problems.

What Human Resources Specialists Do

  • Consult with employers to identify employment needs and preferred qualifications
  • Interview applicants about their experience, education, training, and skills
  • Contact references and perform background checks on job applicants
  • Inform applicants about job details, such as duties, benefits, and working conditions
  • Hire or refer qualified candidates for employers

Work Environment

Although human resources specialists are employed in nearly every industry, many are concentrated in employment services, working for staffing and human resources firms. Some travel extensively to attend job fairs, visit college campuses, and meet with applicants. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of human resources specialists is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, particularly in the employment services industry with an increase 55 percent.
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The average salary of human resources specialists was $52,690 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Human Resources Specialists

Most positions require a bachelor's degree. When hiring a human resources generalist, for example, most employers prefer applicants who have a bachelor's degree in human resources, business, or a related field.
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