Human Resource Managers

(NOC 0112)

in All Management

Human resources managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of human resources and personnel departments. They develop and implement policies, programs and procedures for human resource planning, recruitment, collective bargaining, training and development, job classification and pay and benefit administration. They represent management and participate actively on various joint committees to maintain ongoing relations between management and employees. Human resources managers work throughout the private and public sectors.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 100 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all 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 slightly over the next few years, which should provide some 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 Managers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 79% of Human Resources Managers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $77,052. 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

$28.85

Minimum

$42.05

Median

$57.44

Maximum

Annual Pay

$34,911

Minimum

$75,080

Median

$123,600

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Human resources managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations of human resources and personnel departments. They develop and implement policies, programs and procedures for human resource planning, recruitment, collective bargaining, training and development, job classification and pay and benefit administration. They represent management and participate actively on various joint committees to maintain ongoing relations between management and employees. Human resources managers work throughout the private and public sectors.

Job duties

Human resource managers:

  • Manage human resources or personnel departments.
  • Plan human resource requirements with other departmental managers.
  • Coordinate training and recruitment activities.
  • Develop and implement labour relations policies and procedures and negotiate collective agreements.
  • Administer employee development, language training and health and safety programs.
  • Advise and help other department managers interpret and administer personnel policies and programs.
  • Oversee the classification and rating of jobs.
  • Organize and run employee information meetings on employment policy, benefits and compensation and participate actively on various joint committees.
  • Direct the organization's quality management program.
  • Make sure activities comply with legislation like the Pay Equity Act.

Sample job titles

  • employer-employee relations manager
  • human resources administrator
  • human resources manager
  • industrial relations manager
  • occupational health and safety manager
  • pay and benefits manager
  • personnel services manager
  • personnel traning and development manager
  • recruiting manager
  • staff relations manager

Skills

You need to be organized and able to meet deadlines. You must be analytical, flexible, attentive to detail, and able to make decisions. You need good written and spoken communication skills, and you must be able to establish working relationships with a variety of people.

Job requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in a field related to personnel management like business administration, industrial relations, commerce or psychology or a professional development program in personnel administration is necessary.
  • Several years of experience as a personnel officer or human resource specialist are needed.
  • Some employers may require human resources managers to hold a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.

Other considerations

Many companies are now contracting with outside firms to provide professional services so the number of people who work on a contract basis may increase in the future. Movement to senior management positions is possible with experience. Other joint committees led by human resources managers may focus on issues like alcohol or drug addiction.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,300

employed in 2016

96.2%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

67.4%
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32.6%
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45.1

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

64.8%

Halifax

11.5%

Annapolis Valley

10.0%

North Shore

8.0%

Southern

5.7%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

15.0%

Public administration

10.5%

Professional, scientific and technical services

9.7%

Manufacturing

8.5%

Educational services

8.5%

Retail trade

What is the age of Employment?

33.0%

35-44

28.0%

45-54

19.0%

55-64

15.0%

25-34

3.0%

65+

1.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

40.2%

Bachelor

$76,150 median annual income
19.5%

College Diploma

$68,811 median annual income
12.6%

High school

$62,211 median annual income
8.8%

Master

$91,714 median annual income
8.4%

Diploma Below Bachelor

$90,607 median annual income

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Trade Certification

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Business Administration and Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. They 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

Lower Sackville, NS

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

Springhill, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

Bridgewater, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Various, NS

Business/Commerce

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus 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. They prepare students to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Human Resources Management and Services

College or University Program

These programs prepare students to manage the development of human capital in organizations, and to provide related services to individuals and groups. They 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

Eastern College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Island Career Academy

Sydney, NS

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

Springhill, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies

College or University Program

These programs focus on the dynamic social relations between and among majority and minority groups and different minority groups, and ways to promote mutual tolerance, inter-group cooperation, and the leadership and management of diverse groups and diversity issues in family, educational, recreational, and work settings. They include courses in ethnic and cultural studies, group psychology, sociology, anthropology, conflict resolution, human services and resources, and applications to various functional environments.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Labour and Industrial Relations

College or University Program

These programs focus on employee-management interactions and the management of issues and disputes regarding working conditions and worker benefit packages, and that prepares individuals to function as labour or personnel relations specialists. They include courses in labour history, policies and strategies of the labour movement, union organization, labour-management negotiation, labour law and contract interpretation, labour economics, welfare and benefit packages, grievance procedures, and labour policy studies.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Organizational Leadership

College or University Program

These programs focus on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. They include courses in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication and other management skills.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Various, NS

Psychology

College or University Program

These programs focus 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. They 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

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Chartered Professional in Human Resources

Professional Designation: Professional designation exists and shows that the holder has met the standards for the job. Employers may require professional designation, but professional designation is not necessary to do this work.

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

Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
Various, NS
Canadian Association of Management Consultants
Toronto, ON

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.