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(Alexandria, Va., April 14, 2005)—Children often aspire to someday work as astronauts, firemen or doctors. Now, we may hear a different answer from kids on career day: Human Resource Manager, which ranks as the fourth best job according to the Money magazine and Salary.com list of 50 Best Jobs in America. The ranking is based on a list of more than 200 jobs.
According to the survey, the profession rates well in flexibility, overall compensation, opportunity for growth and level of stress. In addition, the survey identifies the trend toward outsourcing tactical, administrative responsibilities and freeing HR to concentrate on the role as strategic planners, which adds to the challenge and interest in the profession.
“We’re not surprised to see HR rank so highly. We couldn’t agree more that HR is a great profession,” said Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). “The profession is rapidly evolving where HR executives are playing a much larger role in determining the overall direction of their organization. These developments add to the vibrancy of the profession as more organizations look to HR for strategies to align their workforce with the goals of the business.”
Changing business conditions and increasing global competition have made talented, skilled workers one of the major competitive advantages for organizations. It will become increasingly important for HR to meet these challenges through talent management strategies. Talent management involves the implementation of integrated strategies or systems designed to improve recruiting, developing and retaining people with the required skills and aptitude to meet current and future organizational needs. SHRM is actively engaged in helping HR professionals obtain the business acumen and proficiency in strategic HR to meet these demands.
“HR is an exciting profession, and with the projected growth and competitive salaries, there will be many opportunities available for bright new HR professionals who want to play a critical role in shaping the success of organizations,” added Meisinger.
**The Society has many individuals who can serve as media contacts on the HR profession, workplace trends, globalization and other business topics. For more information call SHRM Media Affairs at the numbers above.**
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