How to become a Human Resource Manager

Human resource managers plan, administer and review activities concerned with staff selection, training and development, conditions of employment and other staffing issues within an organisation.

Personal requirements of a Human Resource Manager

  • Good planning, organisational, analytical and decision-making skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • tact and discretion when dealing with people and confidential information.

Duties & Tasks of a Human Resource Manager

Human resource managers may perform the following tasks:

  • direct the formulation of human resource management strategies, policies and plans
  • advise and assist managers with recruiting, training and development programs
  • develop and implement performance management systems to plan, appraise and improve individual and team performance
  • represent the organisation in negotiations with unions and employees to determine remuneration and other conditions of employment
  • oversee the maintenance of personnel records and various human resources information systems
  • coordinate occupational health and safety programs and practices, develop equal opportunity programs, and ensure compliance with related legislation
  • oversee the application of redundancy and other employee retrenchment policies
  • monitor employment costs and productivity levels
  • train and advise other managers in personnel and industrial relations matters.

Working conditions for a Human Resource Manager

Human resource managers work in an office environment for a wide range of organisations. They may be required to visit other worksites to inspect operations and manage staff.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 3.2%

NSW 34.3%

NT 1.1%

QLD 17%

SA 5.6%

TAS 1.6%

WA 11%

VIC 26.2%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 43%

Female 57%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 10%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 9.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 19.6%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 32.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 23.7%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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