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Human Resources Professionals

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NOC:1121
Occupation:Human Resources Professionals
Category:Business, Finance, and Administration

About the job

Nature of work:

Human resources professionals develop, implement and evaluate human resources and labour relations policies, programs and procedures and advise employers and employees on human resources matters. Human resources professionals are employed throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed.

Job duties:
Human resources professionals perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate human resources and labour relations strategies including policies, programs and procedures to address an organization's human resource requirements.
  • Advise managers and employees on the interpretation of human resources policies, compensation and benefit programs and collective agreements.
  • Negotiate collective agreements on behalf of employers or workers, mediate labour disputes and grievances and provide advice on employee and labour relations.
  • Research and prepare occupational classifications, job descriptions, salary scales and competency appraisal measures and systems.
  • Plan and administer staffing, total compensation, training and career development, employee assistance, employment equity and affirmative action programs.
  • Manage programs and maintain human resources information and related records systems.
  • Hire and oversee training of staff.
  • Coordinate employee performance appraisal programs.
  • Research employee benefit and health and safety practices and recommend changes or modifications to existing policies.
Sample job titles:
  • compensation officer
  • disability case manager - human resources
  • employment equity officer
  • human resources specialist
  • industrial relations officer
  • labour relations specialist
  • mediator - labour relations
  • staff relations officer
  • staff training and development officer
  • union representative
Skills:

To work in this field, you need good interpersonal skills as well as effective oral and written communication skills. You should be organized and capable of analytical and logical thought. Negotiating skills and research skills are also important.

Job requirements:
  • A university degree or college diploma in human resources management or a related field, such as business administration, industrial relations, commerce or psychology or completion of a professional development program in human resources administration is required.
  • Some employers may require human resources professionals to hold a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.
Other considerations:

Increasing emphasis on the importance of achieving employment equity, meeting stricter standards in health and safety, and administering employee benefit packages will help create job opportunities for people in this occupation. Progression to management positions is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities occur fairly regularly. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a moderate percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Human Resources Professionals most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 76% of Human Resources Professionals who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $58,068. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2015 and 2017Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2015-2017Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2010
Human Resources Professionals1,250Strong Growth208Moderate
Minimum: $16.95
Median: $30.71
Maximum: $43.27
Minimum: $12,997
Median: $55,507
Maximum: $87,174
Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration66,550Stable6,693Low
Minimum: $12.00
Median: $20.00
Maximum: $32.97
Minimum: $9,773
Median: $35,225
Maximum: $67,805
Human Resources ProfessionalsCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
Percent employed full-time91%82%
Percent self-employed6%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentHuman Resources ProfessionalsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern Region4%x12%$30,581
Northern Region6%$57,07116%$33,660
Cape Breton7%$44,97512%$32,974
Halifax77%$53,73348%$41,209
Annapolis Valley6%x13%$32,958
Top 5 Industries of Employment% Employed
Public Administration33%
Other Industries11%
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Leasing11%
Other Professional Services11%
Educational Services10%
What are the workers like?
AgeHuman Resources ProfessionalsCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
15-245%2%
25-3414%3%
35-4426%19%
45-5433%37%
55-6420%27%
65+2%10%
Median Age4746
GenderHuman Resources ProfessionalsCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
Female75%74%
Male25%26%
EducationHuman Resources ProfessionalsCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school5.3%$51,1925.9%$23,775
High school14.6%$35,80523.0%$30,074
Trades certificate3.6%$64,1899.1%$32,871
College certificate or diploma22.7%$52,23331.5%$33,837
University certificate or diploma6.1%$56,3715.2%$35,053
Bachelor's degree31.6%$56,97319.6%$39,473
University advanced certificate or diploma6.5%$59,9002.3%$40,672
Master's degree8.9%$50,7253.0%$23,407
Doctoratexx0.2%$48,614
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$41,688
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia
84 Chain Lake Drive Suite 103
Halifax, NS B3S 1A2
Tel: (902) 446-3660
Fax: (902) 446-3677
office@hrans.org

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Business administration and management - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. These programs include courses in management theory, human resources management and behaviour, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.
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Maritime Business College - Dartmouth
45 Ochterloney Street, Suite 100
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6
(902) 463-6700
admissions@maritimebusinesscollege.ca
Eastern College - Halifax
6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111
Halifax, NS B3L 0B7
(902) 423-3933
Success College
800 Sackville Drive
Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8
(902) 865-8283
Academy of Learning - Halifax
6960 Mumford Road, Suite 155-1st Floor Mumford Professional Centre
Halifax, NS B3L 4P1
(902) 455-3395
learn@aolhrm.com
Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning
Unit 37, 115 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 1B3
(877) 491-6774
online.learning@nscc.ca
Program Name:Business administration, management and operations - Other
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Business Administration, Management and Operations.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Business/commerce - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and non-profit public and private institutions and agencies. The program prepares individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Human resources development
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply integrated training, organizational development, and career planning and counselling skills to the design, management, and evaluation of programs to improve individual productivity, employability, and job satisfaction and organizational effectiveness. These programs include courses in psychology; organizational behaviour; principles of adult education; occupational counselling; skill testing and evaluation; program design; consulting practice; organizational development; and applications to issues such as training, management development, customer service, and total quality management.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Human resources management/personnel administration - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to manage the development of human capital in organizations, and to provide related services to individuals and groups. These programs include courses in personnel and organization policy, human resource dynamics and flows, labour relations, sex roles, civil rights, human resources laws and regulations, motivation and compensation systems, work systems, career management, employee testing and assessment, recruitment and selection, managing employee and job training programs, and the management of human resources programs and operations.
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MacTech Distance Education
PO Box 192, 25 Eveleigh Dr
North Sydney, NS B1P 6H1
(888) 622-8324
Island Career Academy
721 Alexandra Street
Sydney, NS B1S 2H4
(902) 564-6112
admissions@islandcareeracademy.ca
Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Psychology - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behaviour, the physical and environmental bases of behaviour, and the analysis and treatment of behaviour problems and disorders. These programs include courses in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
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