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What Does it Take to Be a Human Resources Manager?

Position Description Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.

HR Manager Responsibilities

  • Perform difficult staffing duties, including dealing with understaffing, refereeing disputes, firing employees, and administering disciplinary procedures.
  • Study legislation, arbitration decisions, and collective bargaining contracts to assess industry trends.
  • Plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate work activities of subordinates and staff relating to employment, compensation, labor relations, and employee relations.
  • Serve as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administering contracts and helping resolve work-related problems.
  • Oversee the evaluation, classification, and rating of occupations and job positions.
  • Conduct exit interviews to identify reasons for employee termination.

What Every HR Manager Should Know

Human Resources Managers state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

  • Recruiting Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Manager
  • Position Classification Manager
  • Human Resources Coordinator (HR Coordinator)
  • Human Resources Supervisor

What Kind of HR Manager Job Opportunities Are There?

There were about 136,100 jobs for Human Resources Manager in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 12,300 new jobs for Human Resources Manager by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 12,400 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for HR Manager are Washington, Utah, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Maine, or South Dakota. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

HR Manager Salary

Human Resources Managers make between $66,870 and $201,380 a year.

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Human Resources Managers who work in District of Columbia, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, make the highest salaries.

How much do Human Resources Managers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $105,190
Alaska $116,870
Arizona $101,910
Arkansas $105,000
California $142,870
Colorado $143,460
Connecticut $143,990
Delaware $144,060
District of Columbia $162,410
Florida $105,530
Georgia $126,650
Hawaii $104,300
Idaho $85,290
Illinois $119,160
Indiana $101,910
Iowa $110,610
Kansas $107,810
Kentucky $94,260
Louisiana $90,490
Maine $107,160
Maryland $141,780
Massachusetts $140,640
Michigan $115,780
Minnesota $122,330
Mississippi $90,680
Missouri $116,470
Montana $99,360
Nebraska $107,500
Nevada $116,550
New Hampshire $125,800
New Jersey $169,040
New Mexico $100,160
New York $150,280
North Carolina $126,060
North Dakota $118,130
Ohio $123,680
Oklahoma $98,610
Oregon $104,110
Pennsylvania $130,260
Rhode Island $154,460
South Carolina $106,500
South Dakota $96,480
Tennessee $99,310
Texas $128,310
Utah $104,440
Vermont $103,500
Virginia $140,110
Washington $134,070
West Virginia $96,950
Wisconsin $118,330
Wyoming $97,760

Tools & Technologies Used by Human Resources Managers

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Human Resources Managers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Data entry software
  • SAP
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Facebook
  • IBM Notes
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Oracle PeopleSoft
  • IBM Cognos Impromptu
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Financials

How to Become a HR Manager

Learn what Human Resources Manager education requirements there are.

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where do Human Resources Managers Work?

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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Career changers with experience as a Human Resources Manager sometimes find work in one of the following fields:

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