This is a partial list of some of the job opportunities offered in the profession of Human Resources Management. Most positions require only a bachelor’s degree in HR management. Those graduates in HR Management who also possess an in-depth knowledge of business will increase their earnings potential. To reach the ranks of senior-level HR managers, directors and company HR executives, you may be better equipped to handle these responsibilities with a Master’s degree in HR Management or related field.
Human Resources Consultant
According to The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), an HR consultant will “perform advanced, specialized and administrative duties in a designated human resource program or section area, and is responsible for providing high-level support in the administration of a human resources program.” These consultants undertake a lot of administrative responsibility in their day-to-day tasks.
Median Salary: $67,591 (PayScale); $64,001 (Glassdoor)
Human Resources Specialist
Human resources specialists are identified by the SHRM as early career human resources professionals who are specialists within a specific support function – or, generalists with limited experience. The responsibilities of human resources specialists revolve around the recruitment and placement of employees; therefore, their job duties may range from screening job candidates and conducting interviews to performing background checks and providing orientation to new employees.
Median Salary: $49,300 (Glassdoor); $49,895 (PayScale); $58,350 (BLS)
Human Resources Coordinator
Human resources coordinators are the representatives of the human resources department that facilitate all HR functions and programs. Generally working under the HR director or manager, the human resources coordinator is often a key within large HR departments. Their work involves addressing issues raised by current employees and new-hires, organizing and scheduling orientations, and coordinating other HR functions such as training and development. Other duties include focusing on improving HR policies, processes, and practices and recommending changes to HR management.
Median Salary: $41,700 (PayScale); $33,426 (Glassdoor)
Compensation and Benefits Manager
Compensation and benefits managers, also known as remuneration professionals, are responsible for overseeing employee compensation, compensation databases, job descriptions, benchmark compensation, annual performance reviews, and employee benefits. The overall responsibility of compensation and benefits managers is to manage an organization’s compensation and rewards program. Because compensation and benefits programs are designed to attract top talent and retain valued employees, the work of these professionals is a crucial one within a company’s HR division.
Median Salary: $83,195 (PayScale); $98,960 (Glassdoor); $111,430 (BLS)
Human Resources Manager
Human resource managers are the overseers of the human resources department and insurers of the functions and tasks being carried out by the HR team. They are often seen as the link between an organization’s management and its employees. Their work runs the gamut from providing consultation on strategic planning with top executives to recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new staff. As supervisors, human resource managers are responsible for the oversight of all employees in the HR department, which includes performance management of HR employees.
Median Salary: $61,639 (PayScale); $80,626 (Glassdoor); $104,440 (BLS)
Training and Development Manager
Corporate trainers, also called training and development managers or specialist, focus on the planning, scheduling, and administration involved with training professionals in a corporate business environment. These professionals play an important role in the transition of new employees into the workplace, thus allowing them to become productive and efficient members of the corporate environment. Typically, these HR professionals spend a considerable amount of time planning, organizing, and improving training programs. Because these HR professionals must have a comprehensive foundation in both business and HR, MBA programs with a concentration in human resource management are also commonplace.
Median Salary: $102,640 (BLS); $72,655 (PayScale)
Editor’s Note: BLS refers to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Glassdoor holds a growing database of more than 8 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, and salary reports. It is also a recruiting site. PayScale has compiled the world’s largest database of 54 million individual salary profiles, according to their website. All of these median salaries are just that: national averages that will vary considerably by company size and type, by state, by city, and management level within the respective corporation.