|Quick Facts: Human Resources Specialists|
|2010 Median Pay||
$52,690 per year
$25.33 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||442,200|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||21% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||90,700|
Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They also may handle human resources work in a variety of other areas, such as employee relations, payroll and benefits, and training.
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.
Most positions require a bachelor’s degree, but for some, including interviewers, a high school diploma is sufficient. Although most employers prefer or require applicants who have a bachelor’s degree, some may accept related work experience as a substitute for education.
The median annual wage of human resources specialists was $52,690 in May 2010.
Employment of human resources specialists is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be good overall, especially in the employment services industry.
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