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Human Resources Managers

Also called: Director of Human Resources, Employee Benefits Manager, Human Resources Director (HR Director), Human Resources Manager (HR Manager)

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What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.
On the job, you would:
  • Serve as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administering contracts and helping resolve work-related problems.
  • Analyze and modify compensation and benefits policies to establish competitive programs and ensure compliance with legal requirements.
  • Advise managers on organizational policy matters such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment, and recommend needed changes.


  • human resources (HR)
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government
Math and Science
  • psychology


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Leadership
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Human resources software
  • Human resource information system HRIS software
  • UniFocus Watson Human Resources Manager
Time accounting software
  • ADP Pay eXpert
  • Kronos Workforce Timekeeper
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Deltek Vision
  • Oracle PeopleSoft


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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