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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

  • $51,000

    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
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Senior Human Resources Generalist Director Of Human Resources
Regional Director, Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Senior Human Resources Generalist Director Of Human Resources
Corporate Director, Human Resources
12 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Senior Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Benefit Specialist Office Manager Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Corporate Recruiter
Corporate Recruiting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Analyst Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Senior Recruiter Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Analyst Compensation Analyst Compensation Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Recruiting Coordinator Corporate Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Administrative Manager Human Resources Administration Manager
Director, Human Resources And Administration
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Human Resources Analyst
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Recruiter Technical Recruiter Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Human Resources Administrator
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Human Resources Associate
Internship 4.9%
Recruiter 3.1%
Cashier 2.6%
Top Careers After Human Resources Associate
Recruiter 5.9%
Consultant 1.6%
Associate 1.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
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$33,000
Min 10%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kroger
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 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 $51,852 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $80,000.

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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Top Skills for A Human Resources Associate

  1. Income Tax Returns
  2. Personnel Files
  3. Background Checks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed highly confidential personnel transactions, maintained personnel files and attendance records, completed attendance reports and employee benefits forms.
  • Ensured all applicants provided proper documentation for employment; ran miscellaneous reports and updated background checks.
  • Prepared job descriptions and performed job evaluations and classifications.
  • Participated in implementing and evaluating HRIS software and upgrades.
  • Maintained all associate files to include I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Forms.

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  3. District of Columbia
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Kentucky
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Human Resources Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

70.1%

Male

19.1%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

12.1%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.9%

French

11.5%

Chinese

5.2%

Mandarin

4.8%

Russian

3.8%

Korean

3.6%

Portuguese

3.2%

German

3.0%

Hindi

2.8%

Japanese

2.6%

Cantonese

2.4%

Arabic

2.0%

Urdu

1.8%

Italian

1.6%

Gujarati

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Greek

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Malayalam

0.6%
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Human Resources Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.4%

Strayer University

8.1%

New York University

6.8%

Cornell University

6.1%

Michigan State University

5.6%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

Villanova University

4.3%

American InterContinental University

4.3%

San Jose State University

3.6%

Ashford University

3.5%

Ohio State University

3.5%

Webster University

3.4%

Capella University

3.3%

University of Houston

3.2%

Liberty University

3.2%

Temple University

3.0%

Columbia University

2.9%

Baruch College of the City University of New York

2.8%

San Francisco State University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

32.0%

Human Resources Management

25.8%

Psychology

7.2%

Management

4.5%

Communication

4.1%

Accounting

3.4%

Counseling Psychology

2.9%

Sociology

2.1%

Marketing

2.0%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Political Science

1.6%

English

1.6%

Finance

1.5%

Public Relations

1.3%

Law

1.3%

General Studies

1.0%

Nursing

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.0%

Masters

27.1%

Other

12.9%

Associate

6.7%

Certificate

4.9%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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