Human Resources Careers

Grow your career in HR

When you think of HR you should also think of behavioral and leadership competencies including ethical practice, communication, critical evaluation, diversity & inclusions, and business navigation. To be successful in HR and grow your career you need more than HR technical knowledge. Regardless of the size of the organization you are in, you need all of these skills, developed over time, to be successful in HR.

What is HR all about?

Human resources and people management is one of the fastest growing fields. At Premier, our recruiters focus on identifying, developing, and investing in our next generation of staffing leadership. Being selected to work with Premier means you start your career today, instead of years from now. Here are a few tips to frame your thinking for starting a career in human resources.

  • Be Yourself — Be your best self in a world where our values are our guide, diverse perspectives are embraced, and being yourself is celebrated.
  • Make A Difference — Have an impact on your client, your team, your colleagues, and your community.
  • 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.
  • Grow With Us — Grow your career with us and develop as an individual, as a part of a team, and a leader.
  • A Focus on Excellence — Build subject matter expertise with a deep dive into the key functional areas of HR in Organizational Development, Talent Acquisition, or Compensation & Benefits.
  • Partners in Business — Act as an internal consultant to a progressive client group going through change.
  • Client Facing Work — Serve on a client-facing team, deliver business results while learning more about products and services.

HR Positions

  • HR Generalist
  • Recruiter
  • Sourcer
  • Director of HR
  • HR Specialist
  • Compensation Analyst
  • HR Coordinator
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • HR Manager
  • Hiring Manager
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Chief People Officer
  • Client Facing Human Resources Specialist

How Much Do HR Professionals Make?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median national annual salary for a human resources manager is $106,910. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.

HR Salary Ranges

Human resources salary ranges and jobs vary significantly because they cut across a wide range of businesses. STEM-focused consulting firms offer the highest human resources salaries. According to HR Magazine, the highest paying career specialties include labor relations and organizational development.

Human Resources Earning Potential

The top 10 percent of those in human resources management earned $193,550, while HR specialists and recruiters earned a median salary of $59,180, and compensation and benefits managers earned a median salary of $116,240.

How To Progress A Career In Human Resources

Get certified: The Society for Human Resource Management offers a variety of certification programs and many employers prefer to hire those who have earned a credential. In fact, some jobs may require certification. Stay abreast of changes in federal, state and local employment laws and updates in compensation and benefit plans and make sure you are familiar with a variety of HRIS software packages.

You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree to gain entry into the field, but those who pursue a master’s in human resources or labor relations will have a competitive edge when seeking employment. Learn about the Human Resources Information System (HRIS) software in advance to show employers you have knowledge of industry tools. The HRIS is a complete solution for the data entry, data tracking, and data information needs of the HR, payroll, management and accounting functions within a business.

What kinds of companies hire HR professionals?

The following industries employed the largest number of human resources managers:

  • Enterprise Corporations
  • Local Government
  • Hospitals
  • Employment Services
  • Small Businesses

Salary Potential by Employer

The top-paying industries for human resources managers include:

  • Management of companies and enterprises – $121,390
  • Professional, scientific and technical services – $120,980
  • Manufacturing – $103,200
  • Government – $95,950
  • Healthcare and social assistance – $91,250

Demand For Human Resources Professionals

Demand for human resources professionals is, on average, higher than the national job growth average for all other professions. The BLS reports that HR jobs opportunities should be best in the management of companies and enterprises.

Take a look at the job growth projections predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics over the next decade:

  • Human Resources Managers — 9 percent, a little faster than average
  • Human Resources Specialists — 7 percent, as fast as average
  • Training and Development Managers — 10 percent, faster than average

Benefits of working with Premier

Premier is here to ensure that you get the most out of your new position, whether as a contractor or an internal position. See the full list of benefits below, and reach out when you’re ready to consider growing your career with Premier.


  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Paid Holiday & Sick Time
  • Perks & Discount Program

  • Employer Paid Health Insurance
  • Internal Perks & Rewards
  • Paid Vacation & Time Off
  • Financial & Retirement Plans
  • Family & Parenting Leave