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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

The responsibilities you’ll find in human resources include employee relations, recruitment and selection, training and development, contracts of employment, employee rights, appraisals, and health and safety. It’s one area of business where you will work with everyone from upper management to new recruits.

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. 

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 is something else an HR professional will do.

Clerical skills like word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work will be highly valued. Planning and coordination of people and resources is another valuable skill.

Customer and personal services are also important skills, such as understanding customer needs, providing good quality assistance, and measuring employee satisfaction. The planning and coordination of people and resources is vital and skills in recruiting and training people might come in handy.

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.

Outlook
  • 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
Salary
  • 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
    47.1%
  • 35-54 years
    40.8%
  • 55 years and older
    12.1%
Education levels
  • Below Certificate III
    27.6%
  • Certificate III and IV
    8.7%
  • Diploma and above
    63.7%

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

Study 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.

If you choose to study HR, you might also focus on how to develop and manage performance management processes and to manage employee relations. Other skills you might develop are how to manage the recruitment selection and induction processes.

Your online course includes comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study. Some of the courses allow you to graduate with a government-accredited, nationally recognised qualifications that can boost your chances of employment and more opportunities to accelerate your learning even further.

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