Personnel and Labor Relations Specialists

Personnel Specialist Listens to Worker

Personnel specialists, also known as human resources professionals, formulate policy and organize and conduct programs relating to all phases of personnel activity. Labor relations specialists serve as mediators between employees and the employer. They represent management during the collective-bargaining process when contracts with employees are negotiated. They also represent the company at grievance hearings, required when a worker feels management has not fulfilled its end of an employment contract. There are approximately 491,090 human resources specialists and labor relations specialists employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Human Resources Professionals, Human Resources Specialists
Duties Act as a liaison between employer and employee; collect, compile and analyze industry wages; interview job applicants; resolve employee conflicts
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Director of Personnel
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Human Resource Assistant