Personnel and Labor Relations Specialists

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 502,730 human resources specialists and labor relations specialists employed in the United States.

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

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