Human Resources managers typically make $90,000 and up, depending on location. That’s a good salary, but money alone isn’t enough to make you happy at work. And if anyone needs to be happy, it’s someone in HR.
Since HR professionals work in such a wide variety of industries, the titles below are common across all of them. Here is a rundown of the four most pleasantly challenging and desirable human resources job titles.
1. Human Performance Improvement Consultant
This HR title is often held by a human resources professional who operates their own consultancy business. Human Performance Improvement Consultants command top dollar for their skills and knowledge, and are often asked to be keynote speakers at important events such as HR conventions, higher learning institutions, and trade conventions.
As a Human Performance Improvement Consultant, you would use all the skills you learned through extensive experience or apply knowledge attained with an advanced degree in Human Resources. It’s not only a “coach” position, however. Such consultants specialize in using metrics to analyze workplace performance. After a thorough analysis, solutions come out of the process, frequently in the form of training, or recommended structural changes within the organization, both minor or major.
As with any consulting business, one of the most desirable things about this HR title is that you are not limited to working for just one company. Instead, you may work for several different companies in succession, which in turn gives you a rounded understanding of many business cultures, instead of merely one.
With a job title that has “human,” “performance” and “improvement” in it, the position was always destined to be a great one.
2. Chief Human Resources Officer
When you talk about careers in HR, a job as Chief Human Resources officer is always at the top of the popular choices.
A business’ CHRO has authority over all the other HR positions within the organization, which translates to a necessity for advanced managerial skills. This title also implies that the holder has all the skills of those below him, as well as advanced knowledge and skills relative to the position.
For instance, this position is not for the introverted. A Chief Human Resources Officer works with other C-Suite employees in the organization and has to be convincing and articulate their positions well. Strategy and decision-making skills would be used daily, and you would be relied upon for leading the values base and ethical behavior of the organization.
The main allure of this HR title stems from its position of power and authority. Essentially, as a Chief HR Officer, you would be the top level of HR in the company, answering to Company CEO, shareholders, and the Board of Directors.
3. Human Resources Training Facilitator
The Human Resources Training Facilitator is not often among management level careers in HR, but is highly sought by a certain kind of individual. If you get really excited about the metrics side of human resources, and you also get inspired by working closely with other people, this high demand job might be perfect for you.
The Human Resources Training Facilitator is the person who coordinates all policy training within the organization. The Chief HR Officer or the HR Manager may have ordered the training program or given the go ahead for its implementation. But the facilitator (also known as a training specialist) is the one who actually gets the training in motion. This entails the following responsibilities:
- Writes training materials – to make it fit within the company’s culture, fun or serious
- Establishes companywide new employee onboarding procedures
- Analyzes implementation and feedback on both the policies and actual training
- Keeps up with relevant hiring laws to keep the company and employees legally compliant
This is a highly desirable position for anyone who likes to be deeply involved in making sure there is a benchmark for every new employee, and who looks forward to meeting challenges head-on.
4. E-Learning Specialist
The E-learning Specialist title refers to a person who manages an educational institution’s e-learning program. This specialist ensures that the education that the distance learner receives is optimized for the educator and student.
As as E-Learning Specialist, you work closely with the instructors so they do not feel impeded by the software they use. You also help instructors learn to manage time around handling e-learning courses in addition to campus courses. You would also facilitate information exchange management between the educational institution, instructor, e-learning program employees, and the students.
As the last position demonstrates, a focus on human resources can really take you anywhere. All industries have them, so if you have a passion for aviation, animals or nonprofits, you can look toward airports, veterinary offices or state arts institutions (opera, ballet, museums, and so on) to obtain a job gets you excited to come into work every day.
After all, that’s what you want the employees you’ll work with to feel.