What Will HR Look Like in 2025? 5 Jobs of the Future

SHRM’s HR Magazine reports on the futuristic work of a group of HR thought leaders and finds virtual culture architects and talent integrators

Dec 8, 2015
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A group of top chief human resource officers and thought leaders have looked ahead to 2025 and created five HR job descriptions of the future, the Society for Human Resource Management’s HR Magazine reports.

The group predicts that the future of HR will include:

• Organizational engineer — an expert in new ways of working;
• Virtual culture architect — a brand builder;
• Global talent scout, convener and coach — a talent scout and life coach;
• Data, talent and technology integrator — a connector who joins technology, automation and human contributions; and
• Social policy and community activist — a producer of synergy between social goals of the organization.

A multimedia feature in SHRM’s December/January HR Magazine,Five Jobs of the Future” details the efforts of a team of HR experts led by John Boudreau of the University of Southern California; Debra Engel of the National Academy of Human Resources Foundation; Scott Pitasky of Starbucks; Jeff Pon of SHRM; and Ian Ziskin of EXec EXcel Group.

Their work is part of Project CHREATE (The Global Consortium to Reimagine HR, Employment Alternatives, Talent, and the Enterprise), which is supported by industry organizations including SHRM and its executive network, HR People + Strategy.

What will HR look like in 2025?

“As the business world evolves to become more complex and global, HR will not be about just HR anymore,” HR Magazine reports. “The next generation of leaders will need skills in marketing and brand management, information technology, finance, corporate relations and even community activism.”

Within the job descriptions, the group has identified the role of each job of the future. The organizational engineer, for example, will be an expert at talent transitions. The social policy and community activist will be a leader in corporate social responsibility and an influencer beyond the organization.

For a look into the HR jobs of 2025, visit www.shrm.org/Publications/hrmagazine/EditorialContent/2016/0116/Pages/5JobsofTheFuture/0116-future-HR-jobs.aspx.

Industry-leading HR Magazine is the largest circulation magazine in HR with more than 275,000 readers.

Media: Please credit SHRM’s HR Magazine. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and Kate.kennedy@shrm.org or Vanessa Gray at 703-535-6072 and Vanessa.gray@shrm.org.

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