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How to become an HR Manager - Career Salaries, Job Stats & Education

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Thinking of a career as a Human Resources 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 average 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 Resources Manager job description 

A Human resource Manager oversees employment policies and procedures, recruiting, interviewing and hiring of new employees as well as training, rewards and recognition for current staff. 

People who pursue careers in HR are used to determining, monitoring, reviewing , implementing 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. 

Human Resources job outlook

HR Job outlook

This graph shows projected figures to 2024 for employment levels in thousands.

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data projections to 2024.

Jobs in HR are more popular than ever. Over the next few years, the number of job openings for Human Resource Professionals are expected to be above average, this means that The Department of Employment expects around 65,900 job openings in Human Resources by 2024.

Human Resource Management is a career where employment rose in the the past ten years. Looking forward, employment for Human Resources Managers is expected to grow strongly.

Human Resources Manager salary

  HR Salary        

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

Source: Job outlook

How much can you earn as a Human Resources Manager? People working in this profession full-time will earn an average of $2464 per week

The average wage for an HR Manager is approximately $128,128 per year, based on a 46 hour work week. Figures vary based on location, experience and other factors.

Human Resources Managers work full-time, part-time & casual hours

Human Resources Managers have a high proportion of full-time jobs. Most work full time, 87% which is much higher than all jobs average of 66%.  Full time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work, compared to all jobs average of 44 hours. 

Source: & ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average.

Age profile of Human Resources Managers


HR Age Profile           

The average age for a HR Manager is 44, which is slightly older than the average age for all occupations (40). Around 18.5% of the HR workforce is aged 25-34, around 32.8% is aged 35-44 and about 29.5% of the profession is aged 45-54.  It is great to see that there are still people working in HR at older ages; 5% of the working population is aged over 60.

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Education levels of Human Resources Managers

HR Education       

 This chart shows the highest educational attainment (expressed as a percentage) for Human Resource Managers, when compared with all other occupations.

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. 

23.7% of HR Managers hold either a  Graduate Certificate or  Post Graduate Diploma as their highest qualification. 32.5% of workers in HR Management hold a bachelor degree.

What qualifications do you need to become a Human Resources Manager?

To become a Human Resources Manager in Australia, consider a diploma or bachelor-level qualification, such as the Diploma of Human Resources Management or the Certificate IV in Human Resources. Such courses will develop your skills in recruitment, talent management, and managing diversity and inclusion. 

BSB50618 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.

BSB41015 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.

Human Resources skills trends

HR Managers are a crucial part of any company 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. Due to a lot of disruption in the workplace, the workforce is expected to see a stronger growth than the Australian labour workforce broadly. 

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. 

Among other things, you'll learn how to professionally recruit, select and induct staff and support the performance management process.

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. 

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. 

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 are 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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