So you’re thinking about a career in human
resources. I don’t blame you. There are
quite a few perks to being a human resource manager
-- more than you might expect. Now I’m not
trying to make you think that being a human resource
manager is going to be a bed of roses. There’s
plenty of work and responsibility that comes along
with such a position. But if you are having doubts
about the time and work you will put into getting
a degree in human resources and whether you’ll
be properly compensated for your efforts, here
are a few of the benefits you might not yet have
First to Know
Well, you might not be the very first to know
when something is going down, but you’ll
be one of the first. When layoffs are coming,
pay cuts or raises are taking place, bonus checks
have arrived, and similar important or confidential
events are occurring, you’ll be on the top
of the list to find out first. Being privy to
the knowledge that will affect others will project
the image of power upon you whether that is something
you are seeking in a career or not.
A position in human resources seems to come with
an aura of wisdom. Even young people in entry-levels
of human resource management often seem wise beyond
their years due to their knowledge of policies,
procedures, and training. You’ll find that
all levels of staff, including other managers
will be seeking seek your advice and counsel on
a wide variety of topics -- and you don’t
even have to wear your wizard’s hat.
The great part of being in the human resources
field is that you will be paid to help others.
People will come to you for personal issues, work
related matters, and all kinds of issues in between.
While at times, you might feel overwhelmed and
more like a life coach, career planner, and psychologist
all wrapped into one, the role you perform can
be quite rewarding and you can go home at the
end of the day feeling like you’ve accomplished
It's More Than Just a
You might be thinking that an HR job might involve
a lot of sitting around the office, doing paper
work, talking to people, and keeping up with filing
and organizing. While these duties will certainly
play into your day, you will also be involved
in training, interviewing, hiring/firing, planning
and hosting employee and company events, and many
other related activities that will keep you hopping.
As an HR manager, you are an integral part of
the company or organization for which you work.
You’ll likely be working with more than
just employees as you deal with the organization’s
legal team, go to unemployment hearings or work-related
court issues, deal with unions, etc. Your company
will be relying on your expertise and professionalism
to help guide them through some very important
It is nearly impossible to work in human resources
and not constantly interact with people. You may
meet new and interesting people through interviewing,
training classes, community work, promotional
sessions, and similar duties.
With the US Bureau of Labor Statistic reporting
the median income for human resource managers
at $96,130, you might be chomping at the bit to
get into the HR field. Bear in mind however, that
while the pay is good, it varies widely between
industries, and you shouldn’t necessarily
expect to start off at an upper-level management
position making this much money.
Finally, as the “go to” person for
so many people, it is going to be darn hard to
get rid of you. You are going to know the ins
and outs of the system, all the little quirks
of the company policies and procedures, and the
laws that work in protecting your job. Therefore,
the job security in human resources is one of
the greatest benefits of all.
To learn more about human resource management
programs, check out the Human
Resources Schools directory.