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.
Over 3,500 Albertans are employed in the Personnel and recruitment officers occupational group, which is expected to have an annual below-average growth of 2.2% from 2013 to 2017 in Alberta. It is forecasted that about 77 new positions will be created each year in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. (Note: Since human resources professionals form only a part of the larger occupational group on which this forecast is based, only a portion of the new positions created will be for human resources professionals.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.