A person who oversees recruiting and onboarding of new staff, as well as the ongoing relationship and communication between the business as a whole and the employees . Human Resource managers also consult with executives on strategic planning that impact or are impacted by the employee group as a whole.

Important skills for a human resource manager include organizational, speaking, interpersonal, and decision-making. In addition, knowledge of compensation and benefits plans, federal, state, and local employment laws, and conflict management is key.

Human Resource managers require, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Higher level positions may require a master’s degree in human resources, labor relations, or business administration. Alternately, degrees in finance, business management, or information technology may also be applicable. There are also industry certifications, which help develop career skills and marketability to get a job.

The job market for Human resource managers is expected to grow at a slightly higher rate than average for all occupations. Sub-categories include labor relations manager, benefits manager, payroll manager, training/development manager, and recruiting manager.

The world’s largest association for Human Resources is SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) www.shrm.org They have student chapters an many universities and colleges.

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