Human Resource specialists optimize an organization’s investment in its employees by planning, implementing and evaluating employee relations, policies, programs and practices. They seek to make a difference in a company by collaborating with colleagues to accomplish company-wide objectives. Many companies offer opportunities for internal professional growth in the HR field, starting as an entry-level specialist and with time, becoming a manager or director of human resources.

Qualifications: Human resource specialists are results-oriented, collaborative and interested in learning. They are comfortable with ambiguity and change as well as open to new experiences, including potential assignment to new locations.

Education: Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent and a 2-year or 4-year degree in human resource management, business, labor relations or related field. A certificate from the Human Resource Certification Institute can be obtained to demonstrate qualifications and skills.

Average Salary: $57,420 annually; $27.60 hourly (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)