Human resources professionals (NOC 1121)

About this job

Human resources professionals:

  • develop, implement and evaluate human resources and labour relations policies, programs and procedures
  • advise managers and employers on human resources matters
  • are employed throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed

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Common job titles
  • administrator, staff relations
  • adviser, human resources
  • agent, bargaining
  • consultant, training and development
  • HR professional
  • manager - compensation and benefits claims
  • administrator, staff relations
  • adviser, human resources
  • agent, bargaining
  • agent, business - labour union
  • analyst, human resources policy
  • analyst-researcher, compensation


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Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

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Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report


Human resources professionals:

  • plan, set up and evaluate staff and labour relations strategies including policies, programs and procedures to deal with an organization's human resource needs
  • oversee initiatives such as employee assistance programs and workplace diversity programs
  • draft job descriptions, occupational classifications and salary scales
  • hire staff, decide on the staff's educational needs and oversee and lead appropriate training programs
  • examine organizational structures and job requirements to make sure they match any management decisions that affect staffing and recruitment
  • advise managers and employees on understanding personnel policies, compensation and benefit programs and collective agreements
  • settle collective agreements on behalf of employers or workers, and act as a go-between in labour disputes and grievances
  • give advice on employee and labour relations
  • coordinate employee performance and appraisal programs
  • look at employee benefit and health and safety practices and recommend changes to existing policies
  • development and use of HR facts and figures

Special duties

In smaller organizations, there is often one HR professional who performs all HR duties.  In larger organizations, there are often several HR professionals who each specialize in a specific area.

Work environment

Human resources professionals generally work a standard five-day workweek, with a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Workers are prone to back and neck injury and eye strain from using computers for extended periods of time.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

Human resources professionals need a university degree or college diploma in a field related to personnel management (including business administration, industrial relations, commerce or psychology). Other professional requirements may include:

  • hands-on experience that would help to better choose amongst the many areas of specialization
  • three to five years of progressive experience
  • extensive skills in using computer-based management-information systems
  • Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation


  • Social
  • Clerical Ability
  • Numerical Ability
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Directive
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Business Administration/Management/Commerce
  • Human Resources
  • International Business
  • Psychology (Arts)
  • Psychology (Science)

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

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Insights from industry

Although the current supply of new graduates in HR is adequate, most recent graduates do not have the experience necessary to fill a specialist role. In the past few years, there has been difficulty filling both experienced HR professionals and HR generalist roles in B.C. and throughout Canada. This is expected to continue in the coming years until graduates gain the experience level typically required to fill this role.

Individuals can work their way up in this profession without formal HR education or a CHRP designation. However, formal HR education and a CHRP designation are preferred by most companies and these qualifications are becoming more in demand. The worker's level of business experience is also important. In addition, employers have an increasing interest in those with numeric and analytical skills.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Recent graduates can expect to find work as a human resources administrator, payroll assistant, benefits clerk, recruiting administrator, human resources assistant or human resources advisor.

Workers with experience and further education may progress to other occupations, such as HR advisor, manager, director, generalist, senior specialist, benefits manager, compensation specialist, training manager, recruiting specialist and divisional/regional HR executive.

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