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Human resources officer

What is it like to be a Human resources officer?

Human resources officers manage people across a broad range of areas in the workplace including staffing and remuneration, workplace health and safety, employment relations, organisational behaviour, people development, workplace negotiations, strategic human resource management and organisational change. Duties may include coordinating recruitment activities such as advertisements and conducting employee interviews, preparing reports, liaison with unions and government departments, providing advice and assistance on HR policies, projects, procedures and strategies, drafting information, delivering training and maintaining employee records.

Human resource officers work in a variety of settings including recruitment agencies, government departments, corporate sector, legal industry, universities, banks and building societies, defence and the mining sector.

For more information about a career as a Human Resources Officer, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment levels (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Human resource officers are good communicators with skills of organisation, multitasking and negotiation. As a human resource officer you will be a decisive thinker and driven to deliver.

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

To become a Human resources officer

To be able to become a Human Resources Officer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.

Professional Accreditation

The Human Resource Management major of the Bachelor of Business is accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and satisfies the educational requirements for professional membership of AHRI.

The Bachelor of Psychology in Business does not have Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation.


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