The number of HR specialists is expected to rise 21% by 2020 and 13% for HR managers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. SimplyHired.com claims that HR job postings increased to 288,258, which is up 14.5%, from March 2011 to March 2012. This is at the same rate as a lot of medical careers, which most of us know are growing rapidly. Considering the median income for an HR manager is over $99,000 according to the BLS, and the only real stress is occasionally having to fire people, (which is not fun, but it’s not very often either) I think it’s safe to say I got into the right profession.
Why is it that HR is such a sought after profession in these times of economic struggles? Vice President of HR for a health care system in Maryland attempts to explain why HR professionals are in such high demand:
“Every organization has a need for a Human Resources professional. Companies big and small need someone who is skilled in HR,” she says.
“We are relied upon to make sure the needs of the employee are in sync with the company’s goals and in support of the organization’s mission. . . .It’s not always an easy job, but it is very rewarding.”
Anyone who’s in HR, or pursuing a degree in HR, probably already knows all of this. Even though hiring in general may not yet be on the rise at the same rate as hiring in HR, recruitment is not the only function of the HR professional. We also serve as tax, and legal advisers regarding labor related issues. Keeping up with all of employer and employee needs requires a special set of skills. Many companies would simply not function without an HR professional on their team.I
If you’re not already in HR but considering it, now’s the time. If you’re already a seasoned HR Pro, or on your way to becoming one, you should be confident you made the right choice. It should also encourage those of you already in HR to pursue a higher education in your field, whether it be through a Masters program, or PHR, SPHR, or GPHR Certification. I’ve said it before and no doubt I’ll say it again, it’s a good time to be in HR.