Human resources professionals are employed in:
- government departments and agencies
- large and medium-sized businesses
- manufacturing firms
- health care institutions
- financial institutions.
Some human resources professionals are self-employed consultants.
Experienced human resources professionals may move into supervisory and management positions.
Human resources professionals are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 1223: Personnel and recruitment officers. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:
The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
- size of the occupation.
In Alberta, the B021: Specialists in Human Resources occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.4% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 172 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.
In Alberta, the B313: Personnel and Recruitment Officers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.2% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 41 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.