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Working As A Generalist

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Generalist Do

Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. 

Duties

Human resources managers typically do the following:

  • Plan and coordinate an organization’s workforce to best use employees’ talents
  • Link an organization’s management with its employees
  • Plan and oversee employee benefit programs
  • Serve as a consultant with other managers advising them on human resource issues, such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of specialists and support staff
  • Oversee an organization’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes
  • Handle staffing issues, such as mediating disputes and directing disciplinary procedures

Every organization wants to attract, motivate, and keep qualified employees and match them to jobs for which they are well suited. Human resources managers accomplish this by directing the administrative functions of human resource departments. Their work involves overseeing employee relations, regulatory compliance, and employee-related services such as payroll, training, and benefits. They supervise the department’s specialists and support staff and ensure that tasks are completed accurately and on time. 

Human resources managers also consult with top executives regarding the organization’s strategic planning. They identify ways to maximize the value of the organization’s employees and ensure that they are used as efficiently as possible. For example, they might assess worker productivity and recommend changes to the organization’s structure to help it meet budgetary goals. 

Some human resources managers oversee all aspects of an organization’s human resources department, including the compensation and benefits or training and development programs. In many larger organizations, these programs are directed by specialized managers, such as compensation and benefits managers and training and development managers. 

The following are examples of types of human resources managers:

Labor relations directors, also called employee relations managers, oversee employment policies in union and nonunion settings. They draw up, negotiate, and administer labor contracts that cover issues such as grievances, wages, benefits, and union and management practices. They also handle labor complaints between employees and management and coordinate grievance procedures. 

Payroll managers supervise the operations of an organization’s payroll department. They ensure that all aspects of payroll are processed correctly and on time. They administer payroll procedures, prepare reports for the accounting department, and resolve any payroll problems or discrepancies. 

Recruiting managers, sometimes called staffing managers, oversee the recruiting and hiring responsibilities of the human resources department. They often supervise a team of recruiters, and some take on recruiting duties when trying to fill high-level positions. They must develop a recruiting strategy that helps them meet the staffing needs of their organization and effectively compete for the best employees.

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How To Become A Generalist

Candidates need a combination of education and several years of related work experience to become a human resources manager. Although a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for most positions, some jobs require a master’s degree. Candidates should have strong interpersonal skills.

Education

Human resources managers usually need a bachelor’s degree. There are bachelor’s degree programs in human resources. Alternatively, candidates may complete a bachelor’s degree in another field, such as finance, business management, education, or information technology. Courses in subjects such as conflict management or industrial psychology may be helpful.

Some higher-level jobs require a master’s degree in human resources, labor relations, or business administration (MBA).

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

To demonstrate abilities in organizing, directing, and leading others, related work experience is essential for human resources managers. Some managers start out as human resources specialists or labor relations specialists. Others gain management experience in a variety of fields.

Management positions typically require an understanding of human resources programs, such as compensation and benefits plans; human resources software; and federal, state, and local employment laws.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is voluntary, it can show professional expertise and credibility and may enhance advancement opportunities. Many employers prefer to hire certified candidates, and some positions may require certification. The Society for Human Resource Management, Human Resource Certification Institute, WorldatWork, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans are among many professional associations that offer a variety of certification programs.

Important Qualities

Decisionmaking skills. Human resources managers must be able to balance the strengths and weaknesses of different options and decide the best course of action. Many of their decisions have a significant impact on workers or operations, such as deciding whether to hire an employee. 

Interpersonal skills. Human resources managers need strong interpersonal skills because they regularly interact with people. They often collaborate on teams and must develop positive working relationships with their colleagues. 

Leadership skills. Human resources managers must be able to direct a staff and oversee the operations of their department. They must coordinate work activities and ensure that workers in the department complete their duties and fulfill their responsibilities. 

Organizational skills. Organizational skills are essential for human resources managers. They must be able to prioritize tasks and manage several projects at once.

Speaking skills. Human resources managers rely on strong speaking skills to give presentations and direct their staff. They must clearly communicate information and instructions to their staff and other employees.

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Generalist Career Paths

Generalist
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Senior Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Consultant Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Project Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Employee Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Senior Human Resources Generalist Director Of Human Resources
Regional Director, Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Supervisor Director Of Human Resources
Corporate Director, Human Resources
12 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Training Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Branch Manager Recruitment Manager
Corporate Recruiting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Training Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Director Of Employee Development
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Generalist Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Claims Representative Claim Specialist Benefit Specialist
Employee Benefits Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Claims Representative Benefit Specialist Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Program Manager And Recruiter
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Administrative Manager Human Resources Administration Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Human Resources Supervisor Labour Relations Manager
Labour Relations Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Sales Specialist Training Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Controller, Operations, And Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Generalist Demographics

Gender

Female

54.3%

Male

32.0%

Unknown

13.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.6%

French

10.4%

German

4.5%

Italian

3.3%

Portuguese

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Mandarin

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Hmong

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Korean

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Swahili

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Hungarian

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Polish

0.6%
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Generalist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.4%

Strayer University

5.9%

University of Cincinnati

5.6%

Full Sail University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.3%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Academy of Art University

4.0%

Arizona State University

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Savannah College of Art and Design

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.7%

Art Institute of California - Inland

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%

University of South Florida

3.7%

New York University

3.7%

Towson University

3.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

University of North Texas

3.4%
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Majors

Business

23.1%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

7.1%

Human Resources Management

6.5%

Psychology

6.4%

Medical Technician

5.7%

Accounting

5.3%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Communication

4.6%

Biology

3.7%

Nursing

3.6%

Management

3.6%

Computer Science

3.3%

Marketing

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

General Studies

2.9%

Animation

2.9%

Education

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Social Work

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.7%

Other

22.5%

Masters

15.5%

Associate

12.1%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.5%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Generalist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Generalist in the United States is $75,086 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $153,000.

Real Generalist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Marketing Generalist 5 Stubhub, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 05, 2016 $170,000
Internal Medicine Generalist Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Inc. Columbus, OH Dec 16, 2009 $154,000
Generalist Engineer Vungle, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 17, 2015 $135,000 -
$150,000
Generalist (Quant) S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P. New York, NY Feb 28, 2011 $135,000
Marketing Generalist 4 EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA May 10, 2015 $132,808
Business Development Evaluation Generalist Pfizer Inc. New York, NY Jun 01, 2014 $122,845 -
$163,500
SAP Sd/Le Generalist Carefusion Resources, LLC San Diego, CA Sep 22, 2014 $120,000
Instructor, Pediatric Generalist Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Nov 01, 2012 $110,000
Generalist Engineer Vungle, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 02, 2015 $86,200 -
$160,200
3D Generalist Trollack & Company, Inc. New York, NY Feb 16, 2015 $85,000
Operations Generalist Kasim International Corporation Miami, FL Jun 24, 2008 $83,422
Generalist Artist Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd. LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 08, 2014 $83,200
Senior Computer Graphics Generalist Reel FX, Inc. Dallas, TX Feb 14, 2011 $80,000
Animator, CG Generalist Tonko House Inc. Berkeley, CA Sep 13, 2016 $70,616 -
$85,000
3D Generalist Rhinoceros Visual Effects and Design, LLC. New York, NY Sep 14, 2012 $70,000
Accounting Generalist M & C Hotel Interests, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $66,784
3D Generalist Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2014 $52,175
3D Generalist Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2013 $52,175
Global Communications Generalist Lenovo (United States) Inc. Morrisville, NC Oct 01, 2014 $51,650 -
$61,650
Generalist In Middle Childhood Education New York City Department of Education New York, NY May 01, 2015 $49,908
Generalist In Middle Childhood Education New York City Department of Education New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $49,908
Generalist In Middle Childhood Education New York City Department of Education New York, NY Feb 01, 2013 $45,530
Students With Disabilities-Generalist New York City Department of Education New York, NY May 01, 2011 $45,530

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  3. Chemistry
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  • Provided field agents with necessary assistance and customer service.
  • Handle files from licensing, to affiliation and compliance procedures as well as assigning appointments and processing continuing education certifications.
  • Perform and evaluate quality control of all methods of standardized laboratory testing in Hematology, Coagulation, Chemistry, and Urinalysis.
  • Specialized laboratory experience in body fluid analysis, including semen analysis, and hematology.
  • Perform testing in Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunology, Toxicology experience including urine drug screens.

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  6. Nevada
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  8. Vermont
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