Human Resources

MANAGERS: Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization. (SOC Code: 11-3121)

SPECIALISTS: Recruit, screen, interview, or place individuals within an organization. May perform other activities in multiple human resources areas. (SOC Code: 13-1071)

HR MANAGERS
Average wage in the State of Hawaii (2022)*:

$116,450 / per year

Typical Entry -Level Education**:
Bachelor’s degree

On-the-job Training**:
None

Work Environment**:
Human resources managers are employed in nearly every industry. They work in offices, and most work full time during regular business hours. Some travel to attend professional meetings or to recruit employees.

How to Become a HR Manager**:
Candidates typically need a combination of education and several years of related work experience to become a human resources manager. Although positions typically require a bachelor’s degree, some require a master’s degree.

HR SPECIALISTS
Average wage in the State of Hawaii (2022)*:

$68,070 / per year

Typical Entry -Level Education***:
Bachelor’s degree

On-the-job Training***:
None

Work Environment***:
Human resources specialists generally work in office settings. Some, particularly recruitment specialists, travel to attend job fairs, visit college campuses, and meet with applicants. Most human resources specialists work full time during regular business hours. Some work more than 40 hours per week.

How to Become a HR Specialists***:
To enter the occupation, human resources specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.

* State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism “Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics” Data (2022) (https://dbedt.hawaii.gov/economic/employment-and-wages-by-occupation/)

** Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/human-resources-managers.htm)

*** Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.htm)