Human Resources Managers

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About the Job

Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.

It is also Called

  • Wage and Salary Administrator
  • Training Director
  • Talent Acquisition Manager
  • Staffing Manager
  • Recruitment Manager
  • Recruitment Director
  • Recruiting Manager
  • Position Description Manager
  • Position Classification Manager
  • Personnel Manager
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What They Do

  • Contract with vendors to provide employee services, such as food service, transportation, or relocation service.
  • Provide terminated employees with outplacement or relocation assistance.
  • Develop, administer and evaluate applicant tests.
  • Investigate and report on industrial accidents for insurance carriers.
  • Negotiate bargaining agreements and help interpret labor contracts.
  • Develop or administer special projects in areas such as pay equity, savings bond programs, day care, and employee awards.
  • Allocate human resources, ensuring appropriate matches between personnel.
  • Study legislation, arbitration decisions, and collective bargaining contracts to assess industry trends.
  • Prepare personnel forecast to project employment needs.
  • Oversee the evaluation, classification and rating of occupations and job positions.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ESC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Social and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Recognition and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.


In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $128,280 with most people making between $72,010 and $201,830


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,510 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,870 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 36 openings due to growth and about 104 replacement openings for approximately 140 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

Industry breakdown is not available for this occupation

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