most in-demand jobs human resources.

what you need to know

As unemployment rates remain low and companies continue to battle it out for the best talent on the market, they need skilled HR professionals at the front line. Plus, a renewed investment in upskilling and retaining existing employees means that companies will demand HR employees for years to come.

top in-demand human resource jobs

1. benefits manager

job description: A benefits manager directs development and application of techniques of job analysis, evaluations, grading and pricing in order to determine and convert relative job worth into monetary values to be administered according to pay-scale guidelines and policy. Develops and approves incentives and incentive plan formats. Analyzes company compensation policies and government regulations in order to comply with legal requirements and to establish competitive rates designed to attract and retain employees.

skills or certifications needed: management, HRIS, accounting, payroll, human resources, compliance, retention, leadership, microsoft excel, microsoft powerpoint

skills or certifications needed:

  • management
  • HRIS
  • accounting
  • payroll
  • human resources

average salary: $106,362 - $129,090

low: $91,022 - $110,472

high: $122,952 - $149,225

2. HR generalist

job description: An HR generalist assesses personnel policies, programs and procedures, and informs employee and management personnel on the interpretation of them. Performs professional level human resources work and carries out responsibilities in one or more functional areas, including staffing, employee relations, compensation, training, employment, labor relations, safety, affirmative action and employment equity programs. Ensures that programs are carried out in accordance with company's policies and procedures.

skills or certifications needed: HRIS, human resources, administration, onboarding, recruiting, payroll, microsoft excel, audit, compliance

skills or certifications needed:

  • HRIS
  • human resources
  • administration
  • onboarding
  • recruiting

average salary: $64,129 - $75,503

low: $57,636 - $69,916

high: $71,289 - $84,789

3. HR manager

job description: An HR manager manages human resources staff and plans, develops, recommends and implements human resources activities, policies, procedures and programs. Manages activities relating to staffing, employee education and training, management development, labor relations, affirmative action, benefits administration and salary administration. Plans and conducts new employee orientation to foster positive attitude toward company goals. Keeps records of insurance coverage, pension plan and personnel transactions.

skills or certifications needed: HRIS, human resources, recruiting, audit, compliance, payroll, management, leadership, onboarding, performance management

skills or certifications needed:

  • HRIS
  • human resources
  • recruiting
  • audit
  • compliance

average salary: $98,242 - $119,234

low: $84,141 - $102,120

high: $113,808 - $138,126

4. director of learning and development

job description: A learning and development director oversees the function of supporting the learning and development needs of an organization. Develops strategy and implements solutions for programs related to the organization's learning and development goals. Develops measurement systems to ensure accountability related to learning outcomes desired. Provides expertise for all learning and development related matters, identifying and understanding opportunities for programmatic improvements based on current and forecasted needs.

skills or certifications needed: training programs, communication skills, organizational development, leadership, microsoft office, planning, budgeting, teamwork

skills or certifications needed:

  • training programs
  • communication skills
  • organizational development
  • leadership
  • microsoft office

average salary: $131,359 - $177,635

low: $123,039 - $166,385

high: $140,127 - $189,492

5. recruiter

job description: A recruiter converses with and asks questions of job applicants to select people meeting employer qualifications. Checks employment applications and examines work history, education and training, job skills, compensation needs and other qualifications of applicants. Records additional knowledge, skills, abilities, interests, test results and other data pertinent to selection and referral of applicants. Reviews job orders and matches applicants with job requirements, utilizing manual or computerized file search.

skills or certifications needed: recruiting, interviewing, human resources, customer service, networking, time management, microsoft excel, scheduling, written communication

skills or certifications needed:

  • recruiting
  • interviewing
  • human resources
  • customer service
  • networking

average salary: $59,317 - $70,944

low: $50,985 - $61,450

high: $68,270 - $82,431

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