Are you looking for a rewarding business career – one in which you’re simultaneously helping people reach their personal goals and companies reach their organizational goals? A career as a human resources (HR) manager may be worth consideration.
Generally, HR managers act as a link between the organization’s employees and management. They often work with other department heads to gain an understanding of employee satisfaction across the firm and address any employee issues that may arise. On the organizational side, they strategically plan, direct and coordinate a company’s administrative functions.
HR managers may work in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Some may travel if a company has multiple office locations. They may be required to attend professional meetings or recruit employees for other branches.
Among the major responsibilities of an HR manager:
- Overseeing employee relations
- Securing regulatory compliance
- Administering payroll, training and benefits
- Supervising support staff
- Overseeing recruitment, interview, selection and hiring processes
- Mediating employee disputes and direct disciplinary procedures
- Consulting on equal opportunity employment and sexual harassment
- Assessing worker productivity and recommending changes to meet budgetary goals
Employment of HR managers between 2016 and 2026 is expected to grow 9%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Growth may depend on the number of new companies forming and potential expansion of existing firms.
The largest employers of HR managers in 2016 were management of companies and enterprises (14%); professional, scientific and technical services (13%); manufacturing (13%); government (10%); and healthcare and social assistance (9%), the BLS reported. The average annual wage as of May 2016 was $120,210.
How to Become an HR Manager
HR managers are typically required to have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in business with a concentration in human resources. While a bachelor’s degree and five or more years of related experience is usually suitable, some employers require a master’s degree in human resources, labor relations or business administration (MBA) for an HR manager role and other higher-level human resources positions.
Human resources certifications will make you more marketable as an HR manager. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) are two professional associations that offer certification in the field.
Successful HR managers tend to possess communication, decision-making, ethics, multitasking and negotiation skills.