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Human Resources: Are You a People Person?

Created by: Natalie Peeterse
Posted : Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Human resource specialists are dedicated to recruiting and caring for the work force of a company or organization. They monitor occupational safety and help employees understand their options if they are hurt on the job. Human resource specialists also manage employee salary and wages, health benefits and family leave benefits, as well as employee pensions and 401Ks. Perhaps most importantly, human resource specialists ensure employers are equal opportunity.
Human Resources and Your Military Experience
In order to begin a career in human resources, you are going to need a bachelor's degree. Candidates for any position that are well-educated have a leg up on the competition. Many campus and online master degree programs offer human resources as a specialty. You can begin taking classes now, using your tuition benefits, from anywhere in the world. There are many online degree options available to you. If you want to be competitive, a degree is an essential first step. You can transfer the skills you learned in the Army--teamwork and respect, for example--to a career helping people understand their rights and benefits.

Human Resources Career Outlook
There are many specialties in this field, and the salaries vary considerably. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2004, the median yearly earnings for employment, recruitment and placement specialists was $41,190. This field is expected to grow faster than average through 2014.

So, if you are good with people and want to help them make the most out of their benefits, invest your time in a degree now so that you can begin this important work as soon as you leave the service.

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