The field of human resources offers a wide range of career options, with opportunities in leadership, management, and specialist roles. In recent years, the scope of human resources as a function within organizations has expanded, with HR now providing more business management insights to leadership than ever before.
The industry has been called the “backbone of the economy” and its health is a good indicator of the strength of the economy, as HR functions exist in organizations across industries.
Job growth in the field of human resources is healthy, with a seven percent projected increase between 2018-2028 in human resources managers positions and a five percent projected increase in the same time frame for human resources specialists. The median national pay for HR managers with a typical entry-level education of a bachelor’s degree is $113,300 per year, while specialists with a BA earn $60,800. Compensation and benefits managers earn a median pay of $121,010 with a BA, though projected growth is slower at three percent. Specialists in compensation, benefits, and job analysis earn $63,000 per year, with six percent projected job growth.
U.S. News & World Report ranks HR specialist as #67 in its 100 Best Jobs List, and #13 in Best Business Jobs.
Salary.com provides median national salaries for the following human resources positions (as of September 2019):
Human Resources Manager $102,536
Human Resources Supervisor $80,074
Recruiter I $55,793
Recruiter II $65,786
Recruiting Assistant $48,261
Benefits Administrator I $52,331
Benefits Administrator II $58,929
Human Resources Generalist I $56,021
Human Resources Generalist II $67,612
Human Resources Analyst $55,693
HR Admin Doc Security $42,300
Dallas and Fort Worth Salaries
Salary.com provides median salaries in Dallas and Fort Worth for the following human resources positions (as of September 2019):
Dallas Fort Worth
Human Resources Manager $101,547 $99,912
Human Resources Supervisor $79,302 $78,025
Recruiter I $55,254 $54,365
Recruiter II $65,152 $64,103
Recruiting Assistant $47,795 $47,026
Benefits Administrator I $51,826 $50,992
Benefits Administrator II $58,361 $57,421
Human Resources Generalist I $55,480 $54,587
Human Resources Generalist II $66,959 $65,882
Human Resources Analyst $55,156 $54,268
HR Admin Doc Security $41,900 $41,200
According to Rasmussen data, which examined over 200,000 HR job postings from March 01, 2018 to February 28, 2019, these are the top ten HR skills in highest demand:
- Employee relations
- HRIS (human resource information systems)
- Customer service
- Performance management
- Administrative support
- New-hire orientation
- Data entry
- Project management
The research center also shows that 60 percent of employers prefer HR candidates to have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
If you are in the field and living in the DFW area, this is a good time to continue investing in your education, training, and skill development in order to make progress toward your career goals.