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Working As A Placement 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

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Placement Specialist 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 Placement Specialist

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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Placement Specialist Career Paths

Placement Specialist
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist
Senior Human Resources Generalist
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Account Executive Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Executive Assistant Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Executive Assistant Account Executive
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Executive Assistant Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Team Leader Customer Service Manager
Call Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Consultant Human Resources Manager
Talent Acquisition Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Consultant Account Manager
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Senior Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Counselor Consultant Partner
Senior Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Counselor Team Leader President
Director Of Talent Acquisition
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Senior Manager-Recruitment
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Recruiter Account Manager Relationship Manager
Client Relationship Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Program Manager Portfolio Manager
Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Service Manager Client Services Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Job Developer Technical Recruiter
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Contractor
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Recruiter Corporate Recruiter Staffing Manager
Onsite Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Placement Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

63.0%

Male

25.6%

Unknown

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

62.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.3%

French

4.9%

Portuguese

2.5%

German

2.5%

Japanese

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Chinese

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Hmong

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Croatian

1.2%

Tamil

1.2%
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Placement Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.0%

Liberty University

6.5%

Capella University

5.7%

Walden University

5.4%

Howard University

5.4%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

Ashford University

4.6%

Troy University

4.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

Grand Canyon University

4.2%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

Texas State University

3.8%

Wayne State University

3.4%

Florida International University

3.4%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.4%

University of Kentucky

3.1%

Kennesaw State University

3.1%

University of Texas at Austin

3.1%
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Majors

Business

26.0%

Social Work

10.1%

Psychology

9.4%

Criminal Justice

6.1%

Human Resources Management

5.1%

Communication

4.3%

Education

4.0%

Sociology

4.0%

Human Services

3.9%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

Marketing

3.0%

Management

2.9%

English

2.8%

School Counseling

2.5%

Nursing

2.3%

Accounting

2.2%

Elementary Education

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Political Science

2.0%

Medical Assisting Services

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.6%

Masters

25.7%

Other

19.1%

Associate

9.2%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
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$38,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
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$69,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$124,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
DaVita
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Placement Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Placement Specialist in the United States is $69,200 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $125,000.

Real Placement Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Employment, Recruitment & Placement Specialists EGON Zehnder International Inc. New York, NY Jan 27, 2011 $220,000
Placement Specialist Marsh USA, Inc. Newport Beach, CA Jan 03, 2010 $113,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Visa USA Foster City, CA Jan 28, 2011 $105,664
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Michael Page International, Inc. New York, NY Oct 16, 2009 $105,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Nosal Partners LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 10, 2010 $98,500 -
$101,500
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Nosal Partners LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 02, 2008 $98,100 -
$101,500
Employment, Recruitment and Placement Specialists Gartner Inc. Stamford, CT Aug 20, 2009 $90,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists SSI(U.S.) Inc. D/B/A Spencer Stuart Stamford, CT Jul 06, 2010 $90,000 -
$110,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Fazzina Company, Inc. Glen Ridge, NJ Apr 07, 2014 $85,000
Placement Specialist Marsh USA, Inc. New York, NY Feb 16, 2014 $81,700 -
$90,000
Placement Specialist, Risk Management Marsh USA Inc. New York, NY Nov 25, 2013 $81,700 -
$90,000
Employment, Recruitment, & Placement Specialists Quinnox Inc. Naperville, IL May 25, 2011 $80,080
Placement Specialist Marsh USA Inc. New York, NY Jan 11, 2015 $80,000 -
$125,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Dataworkforce LP Frisco, TX Apr 21, 2008 $55,682 -
$93,000
Employment, Recruitment and Placement Specialists The Boston Consulting Group Los Angeles, CA Jan 03, 2011 $55,000 -
$75,000
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Ea Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc. Huntingtown, MD Oct 04, 2010 $54,600 -
$57,330
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Patni Americas Inc. Cambridge, MA Dec 01, 2009 $53,900
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Patni Americas Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2009 $53,900
Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists Patni Americas, Inc. Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2009 $53,900
Employment, Recruitment, Placement Specialist Logistic Solutions, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Oct 01, 2009 $52,790
Employment Recruitment Placement Specialist Medical Dynamic Systems, Inc. New York, NY Aug 07, 2014 $43,827
Student Placement Specialist University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR Nov 01, 2010 $43,500
Recruitment and Placement Specialist CDC Services Inc. Richmond, CA Sep 29, 2009 $43,077
Recruitment & Placement Specialists It Business Management Solutions, Inc. Edison, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $43,000
Recruitment & Placement Specialists It Business Management Solutions, Inc. Edison, NJ Sep 23, 2010 $43,000
Recruitment and Placement Specialist It Business Management Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Aug 01, 2011 $43,000
Recruitment and Placement Specialist It Business Management Solutions, Inc. New York, NY Sep 07, 2011 $43,000
Employment, Recruitment and Placement Specialist Cosmopolitan Staffing Services, LLC. Bridgewater, NJ Dec 09, 2011 $42,387

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  • Provided job placement and retention services to facilitate consumer success and employer satisfaction.
  • Screened driver recruits for employment eligibility, conducted driver background checks.
  • Assisted employers with filling job openings by recruiting local candidates through computer profile searches, resume searches, and job fairs.

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