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Human resources manager
Rank: 4 of 50
Top job in field: Human Resources Director
GRADES: Stress: B   /   Flexibility: A   /   Creativity: B   /   Difficulty: A

Average pay: $73,731
  Salary Total compensation
(includes bonus)
75% in this career make more than: $59,156 $61,296
50% in this career make more than: $67,922 $71,209
25% in this career make more than: $78,704 $83,680
Top potential compensation (5% make more):   $285,523

10-year job growth: 23.47%
Total jobs 2004: 819,604
Forecast 2014: 1,011,974
Average annual growth (including new jobs and net replacement): 32,320

Career description
Attracting the most qualified employees and matching them to the jobs for which they are best suited is significant for the success of any organization. However, many enterprises are too large to permit close contact between top management and employees. Human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists provide this connection. In the past, these workers have been associated with performing the administrative function of an organization, such as handling employee benefits questions or recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new staff in accordance with policies and requirements that have been established in conjunction with top management. Todayís human resources workers manage these tasks and, increasingly, consult top executives regarding strategic planning. They have moved from behind-the-scenes staff work to leading the company in suggesting and changing policies.

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