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Human Resources

   

Human resources professionals perform the vital function of managing personnel issues at health care facilities. In general, they are responsible for managing and improving the delivery of high quality employment-related services to various departments in order to effectively recruit, select, retain, develop, and manage an organization’s workforce. Depending on the size of the facility, human resources professionals in a health care setting usually consist of human resources assistants, recruiters, placement managers, employer relations representatives, compensation & benefits specialists, training & development specialists, and a director of human resources. Some of the various issues that these professionals address are: limiting job turnover, improving morale and productivity, effectively utilizing employee skills, providing training opportunities to enhance those skills, and boosting employees’ satisfaction with their jobs and working conditions. Most human resources offices also have equal employment opportunity (EEO) representatives that keep hiring managers informed about affirmative action laws and guidelines, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. In recent decades, human resources professionals in medical facilities have moved from behind-the-scenes staff work to leading the company in strategic planning and suggesting changes in policies. Senior management has quickly come to recognize the importance of the human resources department to their facility’s overall success. 


Work Environment:

Human resources specialists work in virtually every health care setting, which includes hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, academic medical centers, managed care organizations, and community health centers.

High School Preparation:

Students interested in human resources should take high school courses in algebra, biology, computer skills, data processing, psychology, English, government, history, literature, foreign language, anatomy, sociology, and health occupations/medical professions education.

College Requirements:

Because of the diversity of duties and levels of responsibility, the educational requirements for human resources professionals vary greatly. Many employers seek college graduates who have majored in human resources, personnel administration, business, or other liberal arts majors. Optional training and certification is available from trade associations such as the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and the Society for Human Resource Management. Two of the most common certifications are Professional of Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR).

Students interested in human resources should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

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Career Outlook:

Overall employment of human resources professionals is expected to grow 21% - 35% over the next decade. Because of the health care industry’s increasing efforts to recruit and retain quality employees, recruitment and placement specialists will enjoy the greatest surge in employment. Legislation and court rulings setting standards in areas such as occupational safety, equal employment opportunity, and family leave will also increase demand for human resources specialists in health care facilities.
 

 

Salary:

Average Annual Salary

$70,200

 

Salary Range

$55,800 - $98,100

 

Professional Organizations:

 

American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration

One North Franklin, 31st Floor

Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: (312) 422-3725
Fax: (312) 422- 4577

Web: www.ashhra.org

 

Society for Human Resource Management

1800 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone:

(800) 283-SHRM

Fax: (703) 535-6490

Web: www.shrm.org

 

American Society for Training and Development

1640 King St.,

Box 1443

Alexandria, VA 22313

Phone: (703) 683-8100

Fax: (703) 683-8103

Web: www.astd.org
 

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