Human Resources Manager Job Description and Salary

Human Resources Managers Salaries, Education Requirements, and Growth

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If you're interested in a career in Human Resources Management, you're in luck. Chances are you want to be a human resources manager, the person who oversees the personnel functions at organizations including compensation, benefits, employee relations, HR information systems, training, recruitment/employment, and health/safety.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (which calculates growth in ten-year increments), employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 9 percent  between 2016 to 2026.

That's because, as new companies form and organizations expand their operations, they will need human resources managers to oversee and administer their programs. HR managers will also be called upon to ensure that firms adhere to changing and complex employment laws. 

What follows is a look at the job description, education, training requirements, and salaries for human resources managers. 

Human Resources Job Description

HR managers are called upon to develop policies that govern personnel issues in consultation with senior executives and to consult with department heads, and executives, about issues and problems related to their staff. They also hire, train, and supervise  and assistants. Additionally, HR managers are tasked with creating strategic plans to help create a workforce strong enough to meet the future goals of their organization.

HR managers work in private companies, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and educational institutions.

Those employed at small organizations tend to be generalists (juggling many responsibilities), while those at larger organizations often specialize in particular HR disciplines such as employment or benefits.

Education and Training Requirements

Typically, HR managers are required to have a bachelor's degree in Business Administration or Human Resource Management.

Some managers pursue other majors in the liberal arts such as Psychology and specialize at the master's level. Those looking to advance further up the corporate ladder (or seeking a job with a Fortune 50 company) generally will acquire an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management or a Masters in Human Resource Management. 

One of the key benefits of choosing a career in Human Resources is that there are many different kinds of opportunities to choose from. HR managers can develop advanced knowledge in specialty areas within the field such as labor relations, compensation, benefits, leadership development, employee engagement, and talent acquisition. In order to go down that road, one must complete training modules sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Human Resources Manager Salaries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources managers earned an average of $106,910 in 2016 and $51.40 per hour. 

Not surprisingly, human resources managers working in securities and investment firms, the motion picture industry, and high-tech industry tended to have the highest salaries, while managers working for local government entities and small companies received lower compensation.

Also, human resources managers working in New Jersey, DC, Delaware, California, New York, Colorado and Texas earned the highest average salaries.

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