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Working As A Human Resources Associate

  • 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

  • $48,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Human Resources Associate Do

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle tasks related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Duties

Human resources specialists typically do the following:

  • Consult with employers to identify employment needs
  • Interview applicants about their experience, education, and skills
  • Contact references and perform background checks on job applicants
  • Inform applicants about job details, such as duties, benefits, and working conditions
  • Hire or refer qualified candidates for employers
  • Conduct or help with new employee orientation
  • Keep employment records and process paperwork

Human resources specialists are often trained in all human resources disciplines and perform tasks throughout all areas of the department. In addition to recruiting and placing workers, human resources specialists help guide employees through all human resources procedures and answer questions about policies. They sometimes administer benefits, process payroll, and handle any associated questions or problems, although many specialists may focus more on strategic planning and hiring instead of administrative duties. They also ensure that all human resources functions comply with federal, state, and local regulations. 

The following are examples of types of human resources specialists:

Human resources generalists handle all aspects of human resources work. They may have duties in all areas of human resources including recruitment, employee relations, compensation, benefits, training, as well as the administration of human resources policies, procedures, and programs. 

Placement specialists match employers with qualified jobseekers. They search for candidates who have the skills, education, and work experience needed for jobs, and they try to place those candidates with employers. They also may help set up interviews.

Recruitment specialists, sometimes known as personnel recruiters or head hunters,” find, screen, and interview applicants for job openings in an organization. They search for applicants by posting listings, attending job fairs, and visiting college campuses. They also may test applicants, contact references, and extend job offers.

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How To Become A Human Resources Associate

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

Education

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. 

Advancement

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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Human Resources Associate Career Paths

Human Resources Associate
Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse Nursing Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager General Manager Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Project Coordinator Business Manager
Business Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Accounting Manager Chief Finance Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Human Resource Specialist Compensation Analyst
Compensation Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Business Partner Senior Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Controller, Operations, And Human Resources Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Program Manager Development Director
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Account Manager Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Recruiter
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources Assistant Vice President Managing Director
Senior Advisor
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Recruiter
Senior Recruiter
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Instructor Training Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Human Resources Associate
Internship 4.8%
Recruiter 3.1%
Secretary 1.8%
Top Careers After Human Resources Associate
Recruiter 6.4%
Consultant 1.6%
Associate 1.5%

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Human Resources Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

77.5%

Male

20.1%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.6%

French

11.8%

Chinese

4.9%

Korean

4.3%

Russian

4.0%

Mandarin

3.5%

Hindi

3.2%

Portuguese

2.9%

Cantonese

2.6%

German

2.6%

Urdu

2.3%

Italian

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Carrier

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Gujarati

1.2%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Malayalam

0.9%

Swahili

0.6%

Swedish

0.6%
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Human Resources Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

Cornell University

9.6%

Strayer University

8.0%

Villanova University

6.5%

New York University

5.8%

Pennsylvania State University

5.8%

Michigan State University

5.4%

University of Maryland - University College

5.4%

American InterContinental University

4.4%

Liberty University

3.8%

Temple University

3.7%

Ohio State University

3.7%

Capella University

3.1%

Ashford University

3.0%

West Virginia University

3.0%

George Mason University

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%

Northeastern University

3.0%

Columbia University

2.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

31.6%

Human Resources Management

26.3%

Psychology

7.0%

Management

4.7%

Communication

4.0%

Accounting

3.0%

Counseling Psychology

2.7%

Marketing

2.1%

Sociology

2.0%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Education

1.7%

Political Science

1.6%

Public Relations

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Finance

1.5%

English

1.5%

Law

1.4%

General Studies

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.1%

Masters

26.9%

Other

13.6%

Associate

6.8%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Human Resources Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Human Resource Associate The Caldwell Partners International Ltd. San Francisco, CA Jun 29, 2015 $140,000
Associate, Natural Resources Solutions, North Amer Commonwealth Bank of Australia New York, NY Sep 10, 2012 $140,000
Associate, Natural Resources Commonwealth Bank of Australia New York, NY Nov 17, 2012 $120,000
MSP HR OPS Associate, SAP Project Volt Management Corp NY Sep 22, 2015 $117,206 -
$126,910
MSP HR OPS Associate, SAP Project Volt Management Corp White Plains, NY May 26, 2015 $117,206 -
$125,220
Human Resources Management Associate Citibank, N.A. Islandia, NY Aug 28, 2016 $115,000
Human Resources Management Associate Citibank, N.A. New York, NY Aug 28, 2016 $115,000
HR Immersion Associate Biogen IDEC, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 25, 2015 $115,000
SAP-HR OPS Associate Volt Management Corp White Plains, NY Oct 28, 2013 $112,531
M&A Associate, Human Resources Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Dec 19, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000
Human Resources Management Develoment Associate Abbott Laboratories Park City, IL Oct 01, 2011 $88,000
Human Resources Associate Bank of China New York, NY Aug 16, 2016 $87,194
Senior HR Associate Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. New York, NY Nov 08, 2016 $85,000 -
$100,000
Senior HR Associate Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. New York, NY Aug 25, 2015 $82,000 -
$90,000
Senior HR Associate Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2014 $81,200 -
$90,100
Senior Human Resources Associate Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2014 $81,200 -
$90,000
Human Resources Associate The Hershey Company Hershey, PA Aug 27, 2014 $80,000
Human Resources Associate Trianz Consulting Inc. Herndon, VA Feb 17, 2014 $66,500
Global Human Resources Associate Seabury Advisors Holdings LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $65,000
Human Resources Associate AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company New York, NY Mar 04, 2013 $65,000
Human Resource Associate Prospect Capital Management, LLC New York, NY Aug 26, 2014 $65,000
Program Associate, International Human Rights Wellspring Advisors, LLC. New York, NY Jan 01, 2013 $60,375
Associate-Human Resources Jc65 Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S. Corporation Teaneck, NJ Jul 01, 2015 $60,000
Human Resource Associate Marlabs, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 26, 2011 $60,000
Human Resources Associate Techno-Comp Inc. Somerset, NJ Jan 01, 2012 $60,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Human Resources Associate

Average Yearly Salary
$48,000
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$32,000
Min 10%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Travelers
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Human Resources Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Human Resources Associate in the United States is $48,420 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $72,000.

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Top Skills for A Human Resources Associate

  1. Payroll
  2. Personnel Files
  3. Procedures
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  • Prepared payroll reports for final Supervisor/ Manager approval.
  • Processed highly confidential personnel transactions, maintained personnel files and attendance records, completed attendance reports and employee benefits forms.
  • Designed, implemented, conducted, and evaluated programs, systems and procedures that developed management and enhanced performance and productivity.
  • Ensured all applicants provided proper documentation for employment; ran miscellaneous reports and updated background checks.
  • Facilitated the promotion of continuing education through the company's partnership with Philippine Christian University's MBA extension program

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