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Become An Employment Specialist

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Working As An Employment Specialist

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Staffing Organizational Units
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $65,710

    Average Salary

What Does An Employment Specialist Do

An Employment Specialist helps clients find and keep competitive employment. They are experts in matching people to specific jobs.

How To Become An Employment Specialist

Human resources specialists must usually have a bachelor’s degree.


Applicants seeking positions as a human resources specialist must usually have a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.

Coursework typically includes business, industrial relations, psychology, professional writing, human resource management, and accounting.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Some positions, particularly human resources generalists, may require previous work experience. Candidates can gain experience as human resources assistants, in customer service positions, or in other related jobs.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many professional associations that specialize in human resources offer courses intended to enhance the skills of their members, and some offer certification programs. For example, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) offers the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Although certification is usually voluntary, some employers may prefer or require it. Human resources generalists, in particular, can benefit from certification because it shows knowledge and professional competence across all human resources areas. 


Human resources specialists who possess a thorough knowledge of their organization, as well as an understanding of regulatory compliance needs, can advance to become human resources managers. Specialists can increase their chance of advancement by completing voluntary certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources specialists use decisionmaking skills when reviewing candidates’ qualifications or when working to resolve disputes.  

Detail oriented. Specialists must be detail oriented when evaluating applicants’ qualifications, performing background checks, maintaining records of an employee grievance, and ensuring that a workplace is in compliance with labor standards. 

Interpersonal skills. Specialists continually interact with new people and must be able to converse and connect with people from different backgrounds. 

Listening skills. Listening skills are essential for human resources specialists. When interviewing job applicants, for example, specialists must pay careful attention to candidates’ responses, understand the points they are making, and ask relevant followup questions. 

Speaking skills. All specialists need strong speaking skills to be effective at their job. They often give presentations and must be able to clearly convey information about their organizations and jobs within them.

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Employment Specialist Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Hmong

  • Portuguese

  • Mandarin

  • Somali

  • Chinese

  • Dakota

  • Vietnamese

  • Hebrew

  • German

  • Amharic

  • Thai

  • Braille

  • Japanese

  • Swahili

  • Italian

  • Hindi

  • Bosnian

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Real Employment Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Employment Specialist Medical Dynamic Systems, Inc. New York, NY Jan 31, 2011 $73,024
Recruiter/Employment Specialist The Ford Agency, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 09, 2016 $55,000
Canadian Employment Specialist Pinnacle Technical Resources Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 31, 2016 $53,352
Employment Specialist Williams College Williamstown, MA Jul 18, 2016 $53,000
Recruiter/Employment Specialist The Ford Agency, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 09, 2016 $52,000 -
Faculty Employment Specialist Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Jan 19, 2016 $48,450
Hotel Employment Specialist Portals Hotel Site, LLC Washington, DC Dec 15, 2009 $48,350
Hotel Employment Specialist Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. Washington, DC Dec 15, 2009 $46,350
Hotel Employment Specialist Portals Hotel Site, LLC Washington, DC Dec 15, 2009 $46,350
Employment Specialist Gs Pharmacy LLC New York, NY Sep 25, 2016 $45,434
Employment Policy Specialist Cosmos Foundation, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 10, 2010 $45,000
Personal Recruiter/Employment Talent Specialist The Fountain Group LLC Tampa, FL Oct 01, 2012 $44,000
Employment Specialist Gs Pharmacy LLC New York, NY Sep 05, 2015 $43,806
Employment Specialist Senba USA Inc. Hayward, CA Dec 10, 2010 $41,114
Employment Specialist (Education and Skills) Skillsmart, Inc. Germantown, MD Sep 30, 2016 $40,300
Employment Specialist Behavioral Intervention Prog Chinese American Service League Chicago, IL Jul 25, 2014 $40,000
Employment Specialist Bay Cove Human Services, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 01, 2011 $38,000
Employment Specialist PRS, Inc. McLean, VA Feb 24, 2010 $37,677
Employment Specialist The Fortune Society Dix, NY Mar 01, 2010 $35,000

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Top Skills for An Employment Specialist


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Top Employment Specialist Skills

  1. Competitive Employment
  2. Job Search Activities
  3. Job Placement
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare referred individuals for competitive employment through familiarization with job application forms, anticipated employer expectations and general interview procedures.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed documentation of student job search activities and monthly statistics
  • Assess client needs and design and implement programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.
  • Conduct all phases of vocational services including engagement, assessment, job search, job development, and job support.
  • Provided mental health clients with daily directions to help maintain independent living.

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