If you’re great with people and get a buzz out of seeing others succeed, channel your passion into a rewarding professional career and study a human resources course.
What do human resources graduates do?
After completing a human resources course, you’ll likely work as a human resources manager in a business, government department or not-for-profit organisation. Day-to-day, you can expect to perform tasks such as:
- Assessing human resources needs and designing, implementing, monitoring and reviewing human resources management plans, goals and strategies;
- Conducting interviews and survey with staff members to assess human resources priorities;
- Designing, implementing and evaluating human resources policies, including policies for recruitment, performance evaluations and conflict resolution;
- Advising and assisting managers in implementing policies, including applying sound recruitment and selection practices, induction and training practices, and performance management processes;
- Facilitating and mediating between staff members to resolve conflict appropriately;
- Identifying and determining training and professional development opportunities for staff, including designing and implementing training programs;
- Developing and implementing occupational health and safety programs and equal opportunity programs, and ensuring compliance with relevant statutory requirements;
- Overseeing the application of redundancy and retrenchment policies;
- Representing the organisation at negotiations with unions and other bodies;
- Monitoring and managing employment costs and productivity; and
- Performing general administrative tasks.
After completing a human resources course, you’ll likely seek employment as a human resources manager. Other roles you may take on include working as a:
- Human Resources Manager
- Change Manager
- Human Resource Advisor
- Talent Management Consultant
- Human Resources Consultant
- Human Resources Officer
- Office Administrator
- Training Officer
- Training Manager
- Human Resources Director
- Development Manager
- Human Resources Administrator
- Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Officer
- Recruitment Consultant
- Learning and Development Officer
You’ll thrive working in human resources if you:
- Love working with people
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Are highly organised and efficient
- Are proactive and can work independently
- Are patient and empathetic
- Are details-oriented
- Can speak confidently in public
- Like problem-solving
- Enjoy fast-paced work
- Can keep calm and level-headed in stressful situations
- Enjoy challenging yourself
- Care deeply about seeing others succeed
According to Job Outlook, the human resources industry in Australia is large and growing. After experiencing modest but consistent growth over the past decade, the industry currently employs approximately 47,900 people. Job Outlook predicts significant growth in job opportunities over the next decade, anticipating an additional 6,000 workers will be required by 2020.
According to PayScale, human resources managers can expect to earn on average between $59,000 and $132,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $89,000.
PayScale notes a strong, positive relationship between earning potential and professional experience, reporting that human resources managers with more than 20 years of experience may expect to earn on average approximately $113,000 per year, while and entry-level human resources manager may expect to earn an average annual salary of approximately $70,000. It’s common for people to make a career out of human resources management, with PayScale reporting that approximately 45 per cent of human resources professionals have more than 10 years of experience in their roles.