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1 minute career guide - Human resources

By Guest Post | 24 November 2017


Even if you think you know what you would like your next career step to be, it is always a good idea from time to time, to have a look at other options. The Australian government produces lots of statistics about work and employment, and reading industry blogs can be a great way to find out more about from people who really know their stuff, they are also a good way to gain useful information before an interview. 

For many people, however, the problem with accessing all of this information is time. All the career information we need is out there but the time to look through it often eludes us. To encourage you to think about different career possibilities that might suit you, we gathered nformation about Australia’s fastest growing careers and have written a quick, 1 minute guide about each one for you. For each industry, this guide includes information about growth and employment, available qualifications and recommended blogs.

Human Resources Careers

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Human resources careers are involved with issues that relate to people who work for an organisation. The culture of a company and its smooth running depend on effective human resources management. These days, if you want to work in human resources, you will be expected to work towards appropriate qualifications. HR is a great option for people who are great communicators and like to deal with many types of people, to assist them in their career development and organisational progression. 

Workforce size:

  • Human resource managers (46,900)
  • Human resource professionals (63,400)

Job Prospects 

  • Strong growth is expected in the next five years.
  • Work can be found in a wide variety of industries, with opportunities available in most regions of Australia.
  • Gender split in managerial areas is quite balanced, with 57.5% of female workers and 42.5 male workers. 
  • New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

Part-time vs. full-time

  • 8.3% of the workforce is part-time
  • 91.7% of workers are full-time

Highest number of female workers

  • Human resource clerks (80%)

Recommended qualifications

(Various available skills levels)

  • Diploma of Human Resources Management (BSB50618): This course is designed to enhance existing technical skills and develops awareness of the latest approaches and practices within the HR & Training discipline.

  • Certificate IV in Human Resources (BSB41015): This course delivers skills training common to HR roles: the delivery of presentations, the coordination of HR services, recruitment and induction processes and the development of effective workplace relations.

Recommended HR blogs

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Blog Name

Career Tips

Industry Specific advice

Useful Resources

Australia Specific

The Savage Truth





HRM Online










People HR





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