Types of HR Positions


Human resource (HR) personnel fill a wide variety of positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resource managers and specialists held 904,900 jobs in 2008, and the growth rate is expected to increase from the 904,900 figure to 1,102,300 by the year 2018.

Human Resource Generalist

  • If you work for a small company, according to BLS, you may fill all of your company's HR duties by being an HR generalist. As an HR generalist, you will be managing all of the aspects of HR work and will be required to have an extensive range of knowledge and skills. Some of the duties you will be expected to perform are staffing, compensation, training, employment and safety programs. You will need a bachelor's degree and/or several years experience to obtain employment as an HR generalist or any type of HR position.

HR Director

  • HR directors can be addressed by many different titles such as HR managers, HR directors and benefits specialists. In larger companies, HR directors will often supervise many different departments, according to BLS. Each department may be supervised by a manager that specializes in a human resource functions such as employment, interviewing, benefits, training or compensation. HR directors spend a great deal of their time communicating between management and employees, as well as planning, directing, and and coordinating work tasks. HR managers will also serve as an adviser to other members of the management team on issues such as equal employment and recommend needed changes. You need a considerable amount of work experience in the field of human resources before you become a director.

Employment and Placement

  • Employment and placement managers, according to BLS, specialize in recruiting and placing workers in a company. Employment managers will manage the application process such as informing applicants of job openings, job duties, responsibilities, benefits, compensation, perform background and reference checks, interview applicants, and manage records of applicants that are not hired.

Recruitment Specialists

  • As a recruitment specialist, you will maintain contacts with your community, according to BLS. You may also do a considerable amount of traveling such as going to job fairs and community colleges. In your search for applicants, you will also screen, interview, test applicants and make offers of employment. To succeed as a recruitment specialist, you will need a thorough knowledge of your company, what type of work your company does and human resource policies. You will also need to stay informed about topics such as equal opportunity employment.

Training Managers

  • Training managers, according to BLS, create and develop training programs for company employees. Training managers look for ways to effectively train staff while staying within the company's training budget. You will need good communication and interpersonal skills for this job because you will be doing much of the training.

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