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How to Become a HR Manager - Career Salaries, Job Stats & Education

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Thinking of a Career as a Human Resource Manager?

Thinking of becoming a HR Manager? A career in Human Resource Management can allow you to be at the forefront of a company or business, working across multiple departments. Read on to discover the duties of a HR Manager, including prospected salary, average age profile, Human Resources courses and facts. Working in a HR department could be an exciting and in-demand career step. Open Colleges can help you research your options.  

Human Resource Manager Job Description & Outlook 

                  

This graph shows projected figures to 2020 for “employment levels” in thousands. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data projections to 2020.

Jobs in HR are more popular than ever. Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Human Resource Managers is expected to be above average, this means that The Department of Employment expects between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings in Human Resources.

Managing Human Resources is a career where employment for this occupation rose past five and the past ten years. Looking forward, employment for Human Resource Managers to November 2020 is expected to grow strongly.

People who have careers in HR are used to determining, implementing, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating human resource management strategies, policies and plans to meet business needs

HR Managers might also advise and assist other Managers in applying sound recruitment and selection practices, and appropriate induction, training and development programs, according to JobOutlook.gov.au

Human Resource Manager Salary

          

How much can you earn as a Human Resource Manager? According to JobOutlook.com.au people working in this profession full-time will earn an average of $1886 per week, which is well above the average earnings of “all occupations” of $1200 per week.

Note: These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate.

Payscale.com lists the median wage for an HR Manager (5 years’ experience, based in NSW, Australia) as being $91 626. Figures vary based on location, experience and other factors.

Human Resource Managers Work Full-Time, Part-Time & Casual Hours

                      

The graph shows the average weekly hours (by gender and full-time and part-time) worked for this occupation, compared with all occupations. 

Human Resource Managers have a high proportion of full-time jobs. Men in this profession make up 43.9% of the workforce, while men working full-time make up 22.9%. Women working full-time in HR make up 40% of the workforce, while 19.4% work part-time.

Source: JobOulook.gov.au & ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average.

Human Resource Managers: Age Profile

                                    

The median age for a HR Manager is 44, which is slightly older than the average age for all occupations (40). Around 20% of the HR workforce is aged 25-34, around 30% is aged 35-44 and about 29% of the profession is aged 45-54. Is great to see that there are still people working in HR at older ages; 8.5% of the working population is aged over 60.

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Human Resource Managers: Education Levels

                      

This chart shows the highest educational attainment (expressed as a percentage) for HR Managers, when compared with all other occupations. Source: ABS Survey of Education and Work (SEW).

26.7% of HR Managers hold either a certificate or diploma as their highest qualification. 32.6% of workers in HR Management hold a bachelor degree.

Human Resource Skills Trends

According to Glassdoor.com 47% of new job candidates declining offers in the second half of last year were due to candidates accepting other jobs, up 10 points from the first half of the same year. Source: Recruiter Sentiment Study 2nd Half, MRI Network. HR Managers are a crucial part of this picture as they help retain and attract the right staff. 

67% of employers believe retention rates would be higher if candidates had a clearer picture of what to expect about working at the company before taking the job. Source: Harris Interactive Survey for Glassdoor. 

What Human Resources Qualification Do You Need?

Diploma of Human Resources Management

This nationally recognised management qualification could be your step up to the fast-paced field of HR leadership. This flexible online course aims to develop your skills in all areas of HR Management including industrial relations, talent management, succession planning, and diversity and inclusion. A qualified and professional Open Colleges Trainer will support you throughout your course, guiding you towards your current professional goals.

Certificate IV in Human Resources

You will develop industry specific skills relevant to staff recruitment, performance management and industrial relations. Throughout this online course you'll also learn about how to establish effective workplace relationships, conduct research and analysis and understand workplace health and safety. After completing the core units, you'll have the choice to select a wide range of specialist electives.

Why Study Human Resources through Open Colleges?

Our HR Management courses are delivered online, giving you the flexibility of organising your study around your life. You can enrol any time of the year and study at your own pace. Here are 8 Steps To A Better Work-Life Balance.

Among other things, you'll learn how to professionally recruit, select and induct staff and support performance management process. Here’s How To Humanise Your Workplace Culture.

You’ll also learn skills such as how to implement industrial relations procedures, identify risk and apply risk management processes, monitor a safe workplace and to address customer needs. Have a look at Your Career in Human Resources (Infographic).

Your course includes comprehensive student support to help you throughout your study. The HR certificate and diploma listed above allow you to graduate with a government-accredited, nationally recognised qualification that might boost your chances of employment in this industry. Read How to Impress on Your First Day at Work.

Interview with a Human Resources Professional

Michelle Cooper  National HR Manager

Michelle Cooper

National Manager, People & Performance Peoplebank Australia 

In two sentences, tell us a bit about your role in HR.

My role is responsible for leading a team, and providing a generalist HR and Learning & Development service to our leaders and employees. As an example my day today included working on preparing for our audit, speaking with our talent team surrounding our database and running a training session on contracting to our Sydney sales force (40 participants).

In summary, my day will range from achieving initiatives that are directly aligned to our company and people strategies, through to managing day-to-day queries surrounding the following People & Performance service offerings.

What does an HR employee do on a day to day basis?

I can be working simultaneously on a number of projects, managing IR and safety queries, influencing stakeholders, presenting to groups of individuals, and meeting meetings and more meetings! The duties of hr manager are comprehensive

What are the best parts of the job?

We get to help individuals and see the impact of an engaged workforce on people’s lives and the business’ profitability.

I have been with the company for 11 years and have been able to grow with the business, implementing new people programs and educating the business on the impact of such programs.
From the day I began my HR Degree I have not considered any other career. It combined my interests in business and helping individuals, with my skills of organising and conversing. I can truly say I love what I do. When I am managing human resources, I feel I’m at my best.

What’re your favourite things about working in the HR Industry?

One of my favourite things is being able to develop leaders to understand the impact of understanding each individual team member’s drivers.

It is sometimes difficult to explain my role to family and friends as well as measuring the tangible benefits of our programs to the business. However, I find the simplest way of doing this is to explain that we help create an environment that people want to come to work at. Now, those reasons may be different for everyone, so we assist in identifying what drives employees to not only want to come to work but enjoy their work, and in turn, perform. The more engaged a workforce is, the more productive it is, which is what every business aims to achieve in human resource management.

Thanks, Michelle, for sharing your story with Open Colleges. 

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