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Working As a Personnel Technician

  • 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

  • $41,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Personnel Technician 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 Personnel Technician

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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Personnel Technician Career Paths

Personnel Technician
Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Regional Human Resources Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resource Specialist Human Resources Generalist Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Senior Human Resources Generalist Director Of Human Resources
Senior Director Human Resources
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Benefit Specialist
Benefits Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Senior Human Resources Consultant
9 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Consultant Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Personnel Analyst Human Resources Analyst Human Resources Business Partner
Human Resources Lead
8 Yearsyrs
Personnel Analyst Human Resources Analyst Compensation Analyst
Compensation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Personnel Analyst Human Resources Analyst Senior Human Resources Generalist
Employee Relations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Technician Benefit Specialist Benefits Manager
Compensation And Benefits Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Technician Benefit Specialist Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Technician Executive Assistant Administrative Manager
Human Resources Administration Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Personnel Officer Personnel Manager Human Resources Business Partner
Head Of Human Resources
8 Yearsyrs
Personnel Officer Personnel Manager
Employment Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Personnel Officer Personnel Manager Human Resources Recruiter/Manager
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Assistant Employment Specialist Senior Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Personnel Officer 4.5 years
Personnel Analyst 3.8 years
Benefits Clerk 3.2 years
Personnel Aide 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Personnel Technician
Secretary 7.5%
Clerk 5.4%
Cashier 4.5%
Supervisor 2.4%
Top Careers After Personnel Technician
Recruiter 3.5%
Secretary 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$41,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Deloitte
Highest Paying City
McLean, VA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does a Personnel Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Personnel Technician in the United States is $41,414 per year or $20 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $53,000.

Real Personnel Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Personnel/Technical Recuiter Mindsource Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 16, 2012 $62,750
Personnel/Technical Recuiter Sapvix Inc. Doylestown, PA Sep 01, 2011 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter Kompsoft, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 10, 2011 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter DGN Technologies Inc. Miami, FL Sep 17, 2011 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter Sapvix Inc. Doylestown, PA Oct 05, 2011 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter Kompsoft, Inc. Fremont, CA Nov 11, 2011 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter RONZ Infotech LLC Fremont, CA Nov 15, 2011 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter RONZ Infotech LLC Fremont, CA Nov 17, 2011 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter Kompsoft, Inc. Fremont, CA Nov 17, 2011 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter Guru It Solutions Inc. Tulsa, OK Dec 04, 2011 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter Isolutionsgrp Inc. Birmingham, AL Dec 04, 2011 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter Sapvix Inc. Doylestown, PA Jan 06, 2012 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter DGN Technologies Inc. Miami, FL Mar 23, 2012 $48,443
Personnel/Technical Recuiter Sapvix Inc. Doylestown, PA Mar 29, 2012 $48,443

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Top Skills for A Personnel Technician

  1. Personnel Files
  2. Income Tax Returns
  3. Military Personnel
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed personnel files as Custodian of Records for department
  • Prepare federal, state, and local income tax returns.
  • Implemented military personnel actions using state and army regulations while following policies and procedures within the command.
  • Provide high level of confidentiality and customer service by processing request that require knowledge of different forms and regulatory authorities.
  • Experience with principles/practices of personnel administration and assisted with benefit coordination (FMLA, Cafeteria 12 Plan and Open Enrollment).

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Top 10 Best States for Personnel Technicians

  1. Maine
  2. West Virginia
  3. South Dakota
  4. North Dakota
  5. Virginia
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Montana
  8. Idaho
  9. Alaska
  10. Hawaii
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Personnel Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

63.6%

Male

26.2%

Unknown

10.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

14.2%

Asian

6.8%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

84.0%

German

4.0%

Greek

4.0%

Thai

4.0%

Portuguese

4.0%
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Personnel Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.8%

Florida State University

12.0%

Community College of the Air Force

11.4%

Ashford University

6.0%

Florida International University

5.4%

Troy University

4.8%

Liberty University

4.8%

Strayer University

4.8%

Kaplan University

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.6%

Tallahassee Community College

3.6%

Franklin University

3.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.0%

Michigan State University

3.0%

Columbia Southern University

2.4%

The Academy

2.4%

Flagler College

2.4%

Webster University

2.4%

Faulkner University

2.4%

Saint Leo University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

37.2%

Human Resources Management

17.8%

Psychology

4.0%

Accounting

4.0%

Management

3.8%

Public Administration

3.8%

Computer Science

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

General Studies

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Education

1.9%

Sociology

1.9%

Legal Support Services

1.7%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.7%

Communication

1.5%

Counseling Psychology

1.5%

Elementary Education

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

English

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.5%

Other

19.6%

Masters

18.7%

Associate

17.2%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.1%
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Updated May 19, 2020