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Careers: Human Resources Professional

Overview

Human resources professionals are employed throughout the private and public sectors under a range of job titles, including human resources assistants, pension clerks, benefit planners, mediators, employment equity officers, and classification officers. They help facilitate a stronger relationship between a company or organization and its workforce. Prospects entering this field will need a strong practical and conceptual understanding of benefits administration and compensation principles. Human resources professionals must also grasp the the fundamentals of payroll administration including compliance legislation, group benefits and pension plans.

Human Resources Professional Job Description

A human resources professional possesses excellent communications skills, can work well under pressure, and is a well organized team leader. Some of the duties HR professionals may be responsible for include:

• Managing payroll
• Implementation and evaluation of human resources and labour relations policies
• Advising managers and employees on human resources-related issues
• Database management
• Project management
• Implementation of benefits programs (including government sponsored programs)
• Creation of business presentations
• Application of group benefits (life, health and others)
• Application of retirement and pension plans
• Email and phone communication with employees

Human Resources Professional Projected Demand

There has been significant demand for human resources professionals over the past few years and this trend is projected to continue for at least the next ten years. Expansion in this field is due in part to current HR workers rapidly approaching retirement age. The average salary for entry-level HR workers is approximately $40,000 per year in Canada.