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Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree, and some specialists need related work experience.Education
Most employers require that compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists have a bachelor’s degree. Many specialists have a degree in human resources, business administration, finance, communication, or a related field. Some employers may accept previous work experience in lieu of a formal degree.
Not all colleges and universities offer an undergraduate degree in human resources, but many offer courses in human resources management, compensation analysis, and benefits administration. Students with a background in other disciplines may benefit from taking courses in business, management, finance, and accounting.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
For many jobs, compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists must have previous work experience. Employers commonly require that the previous experience includes performing compensation analysis, benefits administration, or general human resources work. Experience in related fields such as finance, insurance, or business administration, also may be beneficial.
Jobseekers without a degree in human resources must have relevant work experience. Some workers may gain this experience through internships. However, most gain experience from working in human resources.Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations
Although certification is not required, it can demonstrate professional expertise. Some employers prefer to hire certified candidates, but many employers will have their employees become certified after they are already working. Certification programs for management positions often require several years of related work experience in order to qualify for the credential.
Many associations for human resources workers offer classes to enhance the skills of their members. Some associations, including the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and WorldatWork, offer certification programs that specialize in compensation and benefits. Others, including the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, offer general human resources credentials.Advancement
Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists may advance to a compensation and benefits manager or a human resources manager position. Specialists typically need several years of work experience to advance.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Many specialists perform data or cost analyses to form logical conclusions. For example, they may analyze the cost of choosing a particular salary scale for a class of workers.
Business acumen. Specialists must understand basic finance and accounting.
Communication skills. Specialists often work with employees throughout their organization to provide information on compensation and benefits. They may give presentations or advise managers or employees about compensation policies or benefit plans.
Critical-thinking skills. Specialists must think critically when evaluating job positions, salary scales, promotion practices, and other compensation and benefits policies.
Detail oriented. Specialists must pay attention to detail, especially when ensuring that the organization is compliant with federal and state laws.
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Hispanic or Latino10.4%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix23.6%
Southern New Hampshire University4.8%
American InterContinental University4.5%
University of Houston4.5%
University of North Texas3.9%
Tennessee State University3.9%
Pennsylvania State University3.7%
Central Connecticut State University3.7%
University of North Florida3.4%
Michigan State University3.4%
Portland State University3.4%
University of Central Florida3.4%
University of Louisville3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Benefits Analyst||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 15, 2013||$125,000|
|Senior Benefits Analyst||Apex Outsourcing Insurance Services||Irvine, CA||Feb 28, 2013||$110,000|
|International Benefits Analyst||The Arlen Group, Inc.||Walnut Creek, CA||May 12, 2010||$105,000|
|International Benefits Analyst/Consultant||Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.||Walnut Creek, CA||Feb 01, 2011||$105,000|
|Benefits Analyst||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Nov 15, 2010||$90,000|
|Benefits Analyst||GSS Infotech Ct, Inc.||San Ramon, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$79,144|
|Health & Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Delaware Inc.||Chicago, IL||Mar 09, 2016||$72,500|
|Health & Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Delaware Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 26, 2016||$72,500|
|Benefit Analyst||Arrow Strategies, LLC||Detroit, MI||Sep 21, 2016||$70,958|
|Health and Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Delaware Inc.||Chicago, IL||Sep 01, 2015||$68,000|
|Health and Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Delaware Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 05, 2015||$67,250|
|Benefit Analyst I||Jawood Business Process Solutions, LLC||Bingham Farms, MI||May 16, 2013||$66,784|
|Health and Benefits Analyst||Hewitt Associates LLC||Norwalk, CT||May 19, 2015||$66,188|
|Health & Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Delaware Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Aug 26, 2016||$64,000|
|Health & Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Delaware Inc.||Houston, TX||Mar 09, 2016||$63,000|
|Health and Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Pennsylvania Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 04, 2014||$62,000|
|Health and Benefits Analyst||Hewitt Associates LLC||Norwalk, CT||Dec 15, 2014||$61,402|
|Health & Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Delaware Inc.||Milwaukee, WI||Aug 26, 2016||$61,000|
|Health & Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Delaware Inc.||Arlington, VA||Mar 09, 2016||$60,000|
|Health and Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Delaware Inc.||Houston, TX||Sep 01, 2015||$59,000|
|Health and Benefits Analyst||Hewitt Associates||Norwalk, CT||Feb 14, 2014||$58,000 -
|Health & Group Benefits Analyst||Towers Watson Delaware Inc.||Atlanta, GA||Aug 26, 2016||$57,000|
|Senior Health & Benefits International Analyst||Mercer Health & Benefits LLC||San Francisco, CA||Jun 08, 2012||$56,100 -
|Health and Benefits Analyst||Hewitt Associates LLC||Minneapolis, MN||Oct 01, 2011||$56,000 -
|Analyst-Global Benefits||AON Consulting, Inc.[Incorporated In Nj], A Subsid||New York, NY||Sep 17, 2010||$55,000 -
|Defined Benefit Analyst||Boyce & Associates, Inc.||Scottsdale, AZ||Aug 01, 2009||$55,000|
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