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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 Latino13.3%
Black or African American0.4%
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University of Phoenix26.9%
Southern New Hampshire University5.9%
Middle Tennessee State University4.2%
Georgia State University4.2%
University of North Carolina at Charlotte4.2%
University of Pittsburgh -4.2%
University of Tennessee - Knoxville3.4%
Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry3.4%
Michigan State University3.4%
Pace University - New York3.4%
University of Maryland - University College3.4%
University of Massachusetts Amherst3.4%
Indiana Wesleyan University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Global Compensation Specialist||Bechtel Corporation||San Francisco, CA||Feb 02, 2015||$142,193|
|Compensation Specialist||Google Inc.||Sunnyvale, CA||Jan 02, 2016||$120,000|
|Compensation Specialist||Google Inc.||Mountain View, CA||Sep 13, 2013||$111,000|
|Compensation Specialist||Genscript USA Inc.||Piscataway, NJ||Apr 26, 2016||$107,266|
|IFS Compensation Specialist||Pricewaterhousecoopers||New York, NY||Nov 16, 2016||$106,000 -
|Senior Executive Compensation Specialist||Abbott Laboratories||Parkersburg, IL||Jul 01, 2010||$95,000|
|Compensation Specialist||Microsoft Corporation||Redmond, WA||Aug 07, 2016||$94,400 -
|Compensation, Bene., and Job Analy. Specialists||Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.||Secaucus, NJ||Jun 27, 2012||$77,624|
|Compensation & Job Analysis Specialist||Bank of America||Boston, MA||Jul 07, 2010||$71,400|
|Hris and Compensation Specialist||Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation||Bethel, AK||Nov 01, 2014||$70,000 -
|Incentive Compensation Specialist||Smart Tech, Inc.||Simi Valley, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$65,000|
|Compensation Specialist, Client Relations||Ambrose Employer Group, LLC||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$65,000 -
|Compensation Specialist||AON Consulting, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Mar 11, 2010||$65,000 -
|Compensation, Benef. & Job Analysis Specialist||ADC Telecommunications||Eden Prairie, MN||Jan 06, 2011||$61,755|
|Recruiting and Compensation Specialist||M2P2, LLC||Ames, IA||Dec 10, 2011||$60,106|
|Compensation Specialist||The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation||Baltimore, MD||Jun 16, 2014||$59,000|
|Compensation Specialist||The Johns Hopkins Hospital||Baltimore, MD||Jun 16, 2014||$59,000|
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