Human Resources Director

Head up a company’s human resources department.
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Salary Range
$77,000 – $130,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Human Resources Directors do?

A Human Resources Director manages a company’s most valuable resource: its people. As a Human Resources Director, you develop a talented team of workers through training programs and hiring techniques that all fall within the company’s budget.

Keeping employees happy and productive is an ongoing affair for the Human Resources Director. First comes hiring and teaching employees how the company works. This involves selecting interview questions, assembling welcome packets, and developing training videos.

Then comes employee compensation. Bonuses, vacations, and sick days factor into each employee’s benefits package. Your boss wants only the best workers, and the best workers want benefits.

Finally, you organize all these aspects of hiring, and occasionally firing, into a cohesive human resources department. In a small company, you may handle employee complaints and calculate salaries on your own time. At a larger firm, Human Resources Managers oversee these tasks and report progress back to you. You, in turn, report to the CEO.

Yet despite your organizational talents, your most valuable skill is problem solving. When an employee wants a raise or a Manager feels the current training videos are too confusing, they turn to you. You work with the high-level executives to solve the problem, whether this means brainstorming new training videos or reevaluating your promotion policies. A business is only as good as its employees, and you ensure that its employees are the best!


Should I be a Human Resources Director?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.

  • Also known as: Director of Human Resources, Human Resource Director

    How to become a Human Resources Director

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