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Become a Human Resources Professional
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the employment of human resources specialists will continue to increase 7 percent through 2026.
Additional HR professionals will be needed to help companies with increasingly complex employment laws and health coverage.
Job Outlook for Human Resources Professionals
HR specialists can make a great salary in a job where they help fellow employees daily.
While a lot of factors will go into determining your exact salary, such as years of experience and location, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the median salary for HR specialists is over $60,000.
Human Resources Professional FAQs
Do I need experience in human resources to take this course?
No. You do not need to have experience in human resources to take this course. However, you will need experience as a human resources representative to take the PHR exam, administered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).
Are human resources professionals in demand?
Yes, human resources professionals are currently in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the employment of human resources specialists will continue to increase 7 percent through 2026. Additional HR professionals will be needed to help companies with increasingly complex employment laws and health coverage.
What is the PHR exam?
The PHR Exam, or Professional in Human Resources Exam, is a prestigious certificate awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). By achieving this designation, you will effectively show potential employers and those in the industry that you possess the knowledge as well as practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass this thorough exam.
What type of test is the PHR exam?
The PHR exam consists of 150 mostly multiple-choice questions requiring you to select the best possible answer using your HR knowledge and experience. There are a variety of test items including workplace scenarios. Each question is weighted the same, and there is no partial credit for answers.
What does a typical day look like for a HR Specialist?
A typical day for an HR specialist will involve tasks such as updating employee records related to hiring, transfers, promotions and terminations; explaining policies and procedures to new hires; ensuring new hire paperwork is completed; addressing work complaints; informing applicants of duties, benefits, work hours, etc.; coordinating job postings; reviewing resumes; and conducting background and reference checks. There may also be additional duties depending on the size of the organization you work for and the area in which you specialize.
- Learn skills for handling recruitment, performance appraisals, and training processes
- Learn the foundational knowledge of U.S. laws and regulations regarding employment practices
- Learn the OSHA rules governing employee health and safety
- Prepare for the PHR certification
Prerequisites & Requirements
- There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, if you plan to take the PHR exam after completing the course, you will need one of the following:
- A minimum of one (1) year of experience in a professional-level HR position with a master’s degree or higher, OR
- A minimum of two (2) years of experience in a professional-level HR position with a bachelor’s degree, OR
- A minimum of four (4) years of experience in a professional-level HR position with less than a bachelor’s degree
- INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RESOURCES
Introduction, opportunities in the human resources field, skills for success, and getting into the human resources field
- HUMAN RESOURCE’S ROLE IN STRATEGY
Strategy, vision and mission statements, policies and metrics
- RECRUITING AND HIRING EMPLOYEES
Writing a job ad, preparing to interview, reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, and the job offer
- TRAINING PROGRAMS
The basics of training, analysis, design, and development phases of training, and the implementation and evaluation phases
- COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Things to consider when you’re planning compensation, strategic decisions for paying employees, job evaluation, and benefits
- EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND SAFETY
OSHA, protecting against workplace hazards, and investigating, recording, and preventing accidents and illnesses
- LEGAL ENVIRONMENT
Basic employment law, Equal Employment Opportunity, discrimination, and EEOC claims
- AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
Creating an Affirmative Action plan
- PREPARING FOR THE PHR EXAM
- AND MORE
Diversity, employee rights and discipline, termination, investigations, retention,
Anna Smith has worked in the field of human resources for 30 years and has taught at the university level for over 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Spalding University, a master’s degree in management from Webster University, and a Master Online Teaching certificate from the University of Illinois. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and an SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Her experience spans many areas of human resources including recruitment, labor relations, and affirmative action plans.