Human Resource Manager

Hire the best people for the job and make sure they stay happy.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$77,000 – $130,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Human Resource Managers do?

A Human Resource Manager builds a team of the best people for the job and makes sure they’re so satisfied with their work that they stay for many years to come. As a Human Resource Manager, you fit the very definition of a “people person,” as you recruit, advise, and aid the employees of your company.

A job as a Human Resource Manager has you walking the line between keeping employees happy and making sure the business profits. You interview and hire individuals who fit the bill for each available job. You then offering training seminars and teach employees the basics, like good communication skills, and the more complex such as how to use the company’s new software system.

But your job doesn’t end after someone’s first month on the job. In today’s world employee satisfaction is the top concern for major companies, and you help ensure that your company treats its employees as it should. For current employees you listen to complaints, take action when problems arise, and determine when to give bonuses and vacation days. For example if Bob is having a problem with another employee, you help them work it out. If Sally feels unhappy with her paycheck, you step in to negotiate any possibility of a raise.

Your work puts you in direct contact with top executives. They seek your advice on ways to keep satisfied, hardworking employees without paying more than the business can afford. It’s up to you to detail what employee benefits the company should offer and show how this will help the company in the long run.


Should I be a Human Resource Manager?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Hiring Manager, HR Administrator, HR Coordinator, HR Manager, HR Officer, HR Specialist, Human Resource Officer See More

    How to become a Human Resource Manager

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