Human Resources Specialist

Career Overview

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.


Applicants seeking positions as a human resources specialist usually must have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field. Coursework typically includes business, industrial relations, psychology, professional writing, human resource management, and accounting.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$36,270 /yr
$60,880 /yr
$104,390 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Public Speaking
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
Work Environment

Human resources specialists generally work in offices. Some, particularly recruitment specialists, travel extensively to attend job fairs, visit college campuses, and meet with applicants. Most human resources specialists work full time during regular business hours.

Future Outlook

Employment of human resources specialists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Human resources specialists will be needed to handle increasingly complex employment laws and healthcare coverage options. Most growth is projected to be in the employment services industry.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada