Career Profile:

Specialist in Human Resources


Median Yearly





Specialists in human resources develop, implement and evaluate human resources and labour relations policies, programs and procedures and advise managers and employers on personnel matters.

Work type:


Most likely to work in:


Most employees have:

Non-university certificate or diploma / Bachelor's Degree



What you do

In the oceans technology sector, specialists in human resources help companies succeed by managing people within the organization. Specialists in human resources represent both management and employees fairly, equally, and respectfully. They deal with diverse issues such as hiring, wage structures, performance management and collective agreement negotiation, and controversial decisions such as downsizing.

A Specialist in Human Resources performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Advise managers and employees on the interpretation of personnel policies, compensation and benefit programs and collective agreements;
  • Research and prepare occupational classifications, job descriptions, salary scales and competency appraisal measures and systems;
  • Plan and administer staffing, training and career development, employee assistance, employment equity and affirmative action programs;
  • Manage programs and maintain human resources information and related records systems; and
  • Hire and oversee the training of staff members.

What you need

  • Excellent interpersonal skills are essential;
  • You must have effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Capable of analytical and logical thought; and
  • Negotiating skills and research skills are also important.

Who might be hiring?

References and further reading

* The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is "fair", which indicates the changes of a qualified individual finding work is around average.