Human Resources Specialist at a Glance

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Best States for Human Resources Specialist

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Minnesota 3,300 $106,610 $51
Connecticut 1,940 $117,410 $56
District of Columbia 1,420 $133,550 $64

Becoming a Human Resources Specialist

Becoming a human resources specialist is relatively simple with the right foresight; even high school graduates can obtain some human resources specialists jobs. Most positions do not require candidates to have more than a bachelor's degree and/or a certain amount of experience, though advancement or certain higher-level positions may require candidates to have a graduate degree. Common areas of study for human resources bachelor's degrees include human resources, business, or a related field. In cases where a candidate does not have a bachelor's degree, experience as human resources assistants or working in customer service positions can be counted as a substitute.

Certification is one way a candidate can boost their chances of getting a higher paying human resources specialist job or be promoted within the company. Though it is not required in most cases for eligibility for a position, having certification can set a resume apart from the competition. In the same way, having previous experience in the industry can improve a person's chances of being hired. As far as education is concerned, having a bachelor's degree is the best starting place for somebody pursuing a careers for human resources specialists:

  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Interviewing and Counseling Skills
  • Human Resource Development
  • Human Resource Management

Regardless of the exact bachelor's degree a student chooses, certain skills are necessary for human resources specialists and courses can be included in the degree program to provide these skills. These skills are primarily related to interpersonal communication and include listening, speaking, decision-making, and critical thinking. Having these courses incorporated into the degree program ensures effective preparation for students seeking human resources specialist jobs.