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When you work in human resources (HR), you find yourself able to deal with all the functions of a business that relate to its employees.

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102,400 professionals predicted to be employed in Australia by 2022

What does the human resources industry look like?

The responsibilities you’ll find in human resources include:

  • employee relation
  • recruitment and selection
  • training and development
  • contracts of employment
  • employee rights
  • appraisals
  • health and safety.

It’s one area of business where you will work with everyone from upper management to new recruits.

What job roles are there in human resources?

Human resources can cover a wide range of job roles and responsibilities. A career in HR brings with it plenty of opportunities for variability and job progression, as well as providing a secure and dynamic job path. A job in human resources can be a great way to use the skills you have for dealing with many types of people and communicating with them effectively to get the job done. 

What skills do you need in human resources?

Employers look for workers in HR who excel at recruiting and training people.

Other important skills are:

  • managing pay (and other entitlements) like sick and holiday leave
  • negotiating pay and conditions

Other nice-to-have skills include:

  • word processing
  • managing files and records
  • stenography and transcription
  • designing forms
  • planning and coordination of people and resources.

Customer and personal services are also important skills, such as:

  • understanding customer needs
  • providing good quality assistance
  • measuring employee satisfaction
  • recruiting and training people.
I find human resources to be fascinating when applied to different aspects of business.
Student Q&A: Giuliano Maritan
, Business Faculty Student - Human Resources
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Human resources industry insights

There's no doubt that the area of Human Resources is an exciting and growing profession, which offers stability, career fulfillment and a wide variety of job roles.

  • Future job growth
    Growth expected
    *Up to 39,000 job openings over the next 5 years. *Source
  • Occupation size
    Very large
    There are 63,400 workers in this (or similar) professions.*Source
  • Regions
    All regions
    Job roles for this profession can be found in all areas of Australia.*Source
  • Full time
    Human resource assistants
    Average of $48,500 - 61,300 per annum
  • Full time
    Recruitment officers
    Average of $87,800 - 130,500 per annum
  • Full time
    Training and development managers
    Average of $90,000 - 132,300 per annum
  • Considerations
    Your salary will be based on previous experience, where you are working and the type of role you take on.
Age range
  • 34 years old and younger
  • 35-54 years
  • 55 years and older
Education levels
  • Below Certificate III
  • Certificate III and IV
  • Diploma and above

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

Why study human resources with Upskilled?

Upskilled’s human resources courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility to enrol anytime of the year and study at your own pace.

Among other things, you'll learn how to implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements. You’ll also learn how to manage workforce planning.

What will you learn?

If you choose to study HR, you might also focus on how to:

  • develop and manage performance management processes
  • manage employee relations
  • manage the recruitment selection and induction processes.

What other study perks do you get with Upskilled?

Furthermore, your online course includes:

  • comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study
  • a dedicated online lecturer will be provided to assist you in your learning process and offer academic support
  • access to a range of collaboration and communication tools that enable you to network and discuss with other students in your field, further enriching your overall student experience.
Some of the diplomas and certificates allow you to graduate with a Nationally Recognised Qualification that can boost your chances of employment and more opportunities to accelerate your learning even further.

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