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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Compensation Analyst 5||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Apr 11, 2016||$151,000|
|Compensation Analyst||Chevron Corporation||San Ramon, CA||Sep 02, 2014||$145,000|
|Compensation Analyst||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 25, 2015||$128,250|
|Compensation Analyst 4||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Aug 29, 2011||$125,000|
|Compensation Analyst 4||EBAY Inc.||San Jose, CA||Nov 04, 2013||$120,000|
|Compensation Analyst||Zulily, Inc.||Seattle, WA||Nov 16, 2015||$117,083|
|Compensation Analyst||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 24, 2014||$105,000|
|Compensation Analyst||Juniper Networks, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 28, 2014||$103,085 -
|Quantitative Compensation Analyst||Google, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||May 11, 2015||$95,000|
|Sales Compensation Analyst||Nice Systems, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jul 29, 2015||$95,000|
|Sales Compensation Analyst||Nice Systems, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 24, 2015||$95,000|
|Compensation Analyst||WPP Group USA Inc.||New York, NY||May 01, 2015||$91,500|
|Compensation Analyst||WPP Group USA Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 05, 2015||$91,500|
|Compensation Analyst||Zulily, LLC||Seattle, WA||Aug 10, 2016||$90,295|
|Global Compensation Analyst||Chemtreat, Inc.||Glen Allen, VA||Aug 25, 2016||$75,730 -
|Analyst, Compensation||Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.||Bentonville, AR||Aug 17, 2016||$75,000|
|Compensation Analyst||Davita Inc.||Denver, CO||May 28, 2016||$75,000|
|Compensation Analyst II||VSS Monitoring, Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Sep 02, 2015||$73,611 -
|Compensation Analyst||IBM Corporation||San Jose, CA||Jan 30, 2015||$73,611 -
|Compensation Analyst||Uber Technologies, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Jun 15, 2016||$71,302 -
|Compensation Analyst||Frank Russell Company||Seattle, WA||Sep 12, 2012||$71,000 -
|Compensation Analyst II||Warnaco Inc.||Milford, CT||Sep 29, 2011||$61,000|
|Compensation Analyst||Samsung International, Inc.||San Diego, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$61,000|
|Compensation Analyst||IBM Corporation||Waltham, MA||Sep 13, 2013||$60,341|
|Compensation Analyst||IBM Corporation||Minneapolis, MN||Oct 31, 2013||$60,341 -
|Compensation Analyst||IBM Corporation||Waltham, MA||Apr 22, 2013||$60,341|
|Benefits & Compensation Analyst||Swift Beef Company, A JBS USA Subsidiary||Greeley, CO||Sep 13, 2014||$60,000|
|Compensation Analyst||Nbcuniversal Media, LLC||New York, NY||May 18, 2012||$60,000|
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