CareerCast Identifies the Best Jobs in Human Resources

Human Resources Manager, Management Consultant and Training and Development Specialist Have High Growth Outlook and Wages

CareerCast’s new report identifies some of the best jobs in human resources, including Human Resources Manager, Management Consultant and Training and Development Specialist,Compensation and Benefits Analysis Specialist, Compliance Officer, General Operations Manager, and Recruiter.

Annual median wages for these crucial professions range from around $61,000 to more than $110,000. None of the seven careers have an annual growth outlook lower than 9%. 

“Human resource professionals are an invaluable, and sometimes under-appreciated, pillar of an organization’s success,” says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast. “HR pros address a wide array of behind the scenes employment matters, everything from pinpointing top, prospective candidates; to ensuring company benefits are optimized.”

Although some HR professionals are “Jills and Jacks of All Trades”, the industry is made up of numerous specialties with their own points of emphasis. A Compensation and Benefits Analysis Specialist, for example, is tasked with understanding the nuances of company-wide insurance, paid time off, and other benefits of a job. An understanding of actuarial science is helpful in this career. 

Recruiters, meanwhile, seek out talent to meet job openings. This is a field that differs dramatically from something like Compensation and Benefits Analysis Specialist, as a Recruiter’s primary function is interpersonal communication and the ability to evaluate a prospect’s skill sets. 

Meanwhile, Compliance Officers handle a variety of employment regulations. While not necessarily requiring bar certification, a Compliance Officer must be savvy in laws, especially those pertaining to OSHA. 

Because all the various specialties in HR are necessary to a company’s functionality, careers in HR have solid growth outlook and median salary. 

Human Resource Managers earned the highest wage at $113,000. While the entry-level education required is a bachelor’s degree, some of the senior-level and highest-paying opportunities in the field ask for a master’s degree or MBA. 

Of the eight best jobs in HR for 2019, annual median wages range from around $61,000 to more than $110,000. None of the eight careers have an annual growth outlook lower than 9%. 

In general, postsecondary education is necessary to for an entry-level position in human resources. 

To meet the demand for HR professionals, the business departments of various universities and colleges have placed an emphasis on HR academic tracts. The University of Nebraska Lincoln – located near America’s hub for actuarial professions and in one of’s Best Cities for Return on Salary – offers comprehensive HR courses. So, too, does the University of Washington in Seattle. 

CareerCast’s Best Jobs in HR are:

ProfessionAnnual Median IncomeGrowth Outlook
Compensation and Benefits Analyst$63,0009%
Compliance Officer$67,8709%
General Operations Manager$100,93010%
Human Resources Manager$113,3009%
Management Consultant$83,61014%
Training and Development Specialist$60,87011%

To read the full report, visit CareerCast. Median Annual Salary and Projected Hiring Growth by 2024 are via the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

About, created by Adicio, is a job search portal that offers extensive local, niche and national job listings from across North America; job-hunting, career-management and HR-focused editorial content; and videos and blogs; and provides recruiters with the ability to post jobs directly to more than 800 niche career sites. also compiles the Jobs Rated Report (, where 220 jobs across North America are ranked based on detailed analysis of specific careers factors.

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