Human Resources Professionals

(NOC 1121)

in All Business, Finance, and Administration

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 Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 265 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 6600 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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 moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Human Resources Professionals most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 78% of Human Resources Professionals who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $63,964. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$19.00

Minimum

$30.00

Median

$44.53

Maximum

Annual Pay

$16,537

Minimum

$58,089

Median

$104,461

Maximum

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$21.03

Median

$35.90

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,754

Minimum

$36,515

Median

$70,271

Maximum

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.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,440

employed in 2016

92.5%

employed full-time

5.6%

self employed

73.0%
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27%
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45.2

median age

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

63,775

employed in 2016

81.3%

employed full-time

6.6%

self employed

73.4%
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26.6%
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47.9

median age

Where will I likely work?

68.9%

Halifax

10.2%

Northern

9.9%

Annapolis Valley

6.8%

Cape Breton

4.0%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

19.9%

Public Administration

11.8%

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Leasing

10.8%

Health Care and Social Assistance

9.8%

Other Services

8.1%

Other Professional Services

What is the age of Employment?

29.2%

45-54

22.6%

25-34

21.4%

35-44

20.2%

55-64

4.8%

65+

2.4%

15-24

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

36.5%

45-54

28.0%

55-64

18.6%

35-44

10.7%

65+

6.0%

25-34

Top levels of education

44.1%

Bachelor's degree

$51,713 median annual income
20.6%

College certificate or diploma

$44,075 median annual income
11.9%

High school

$31,389 median annual income
9.0%

Doctorate

N/A
5.1%

University advanced certificate or diploma

$47,037 median annual income

Compared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration

34.4%

College certificate or diploma

$33,837 median annual income
23.7%

High school

$30,074 median annual income
22.9%

Bachelor's degree

$39,473 median annual income
5.8%

Trades certificate

$32,871 median annual income
4.7%

Less than high school

$23,775 median annual income

Education & training

Business administration and management - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College - Dartmouth

45 Ochterloney Street, Suite 100

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6

(902) 463-6700

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

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Unit 37, 115 Chain Lake Drive

Halifax, NS B3S 1B3

(877) 491-6774

Business administration, management and operations - Other

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Business Administration, Management and Operations.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Business/commerce - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Human resources development

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Human resources management/personnel administration - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Island Career Academy

721 Alexandra Street

Sydney, NS B1S 2H4

(902) 564-6112

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Psychology - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Chartered Professional in Human Resources

Professional Designation (Voluntary): Professional designation exists and shows that the holder has met the standards for the job. Employers may require professional designation, however, professional designation is not necessary to legally work in this job.

Regulating body:
Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia
84 Chain Lake Drive, Unit 103
Halifax, NS B3S 1A2
(902) 446-3660
(902) 446-3677

Contacts

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia
84 Chain Lake Drive Suite 103
Halifax, NS B3S 1A2
Tel: (902) 446-3660
Fax: (902) 446-3677

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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