Specialists in human resources perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Advise managers and employees on the interpretation of personnel policies, compensation and benefit programs and collective agreements
B. Research employee benefit and health and safety practices and recommend changes or modifications to existing policies.
C. Plan, develop, implement and evaluate personnel and labour relations strategies including policies, programs and procedures to address an organization's human resource requirements
D. Negotiate collective agreements on behalf of employers or workers, mediate labour disputes and grievances and provide advice on employee and labour relations
E. Research and prepare occupational classifications, job descriptions, salary scales and competency appraisal measures and systems
F. Plan and administer staffing, total compensation, training and career development, employee assistance, employment equity and affirmative action programs
G. Manage programs and maintain human resources information and related records systems
1. Public administration - 26.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 14.0%
3. Management scientific and technical consulting services - 7.0%
4. Finance and insurance - 7.0%
5. Health care and social assistance - 6.0%
1. You must complete either a university degree, or a professional development program or college diploma in personnel administration or a related field (business administration, industrial relations, commerce, psychology) and five years of experience.
2. You may be required to gain experience in a clerical or administrative position related to personnel administration.
3. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a manager.
4. One of the factors creating additional complexity in the skills required is the growing and changing body of law applied to human resources. You will be required to interpret and apply these laws and to keep pace with changes.
5. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate univeristy degree and almost 2 in 5 have a community college diploma.
2. Computer-related courses
3. English (Communication)
The average hourly wages for Specialists in Human Resources is $27.26/HR, which is above average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.