Human Resources Administrator

We're looking for people who:

enjoy working with others and helping them do the best they can in their chosen career path.

What you will do:

You will manage and advise management and staff on both employee and employer-related issues, including hiring and firing, benefits, and salaries.

Some specific tasks you will be asked to complete include:

  • Help writing and distributing employee handbooks
  • Recruit and interview candidates for jobs within the organization
  • Ensure the company follows all local, state, and national regulations regarding employment, labor relations, employee rights, etc.
  • Develop and/or schedule employee training sessions on work-related issues
  • Analyze jobs within a company to standardize definitions of tasks and compensation
  • Create and maintain employee records
  • Prepare reports for local, state, and national governmental organizations

Knowledge required for this job:

  • Understanding rules, regulations, and company procedures for personnel recruitment, selection and training, as well as compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiations, and personnel information systems
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service and teach others to do the same
  • Understanding clerical and administrative systems for maintaining office records
  • Working knowledge of languages used commonly in office situations
  • Understanding principles of business and management, especially regarding the coordination of people and resources

Skills required for this job:

  • Ability to understand standard business forms and written documents
  • Ability to focus on what people say, knowing when to ask questions
  • Capacity for good decision-making
  • Command of written and verbal communications

What education you need:

Most human resources administrators have a bachelor's degree or at least some college experience.
Over half (57.5%) of people 25-44 who currently hold this kind of job have a bachelor's degree. About one-quarter (26.6%) have had some college experience. Only 15.9% have a high school diploma or lower.


Nationally, people working in this job earn between $15.47 and $38.53 an hour.
In Maryland, the pay scale ranges from $13.72 - $29.96 an hour. (Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) 2007)

Future job prospects

Nationally, human resources administrators' jobs are expected to increase from 98,900 positions in 2004 to 119,000 in 2014. (+21%)
In Maryland, jobs numbers are expected to increase as well, with 1,040 positions in 2004 and 1,260 in 2014. (+21%)

According to the Maryland Commission on Higher Education, training for this career is available through these resources:

The Maryland Career Clusters help students prepare for their future education and careers while they are in high school.  The job of Human Resources Administrator is part of the Human Resource Services Career Cluster in the core area of Human Services.

You can explore other careers in the Human Resource Services Career Cluster here.