The human resources field has evolved much since the inception of Personnel, the office where one was hired, tracked and sometimes fired. Today human resources professionals are strategic partners, tactically planning the talent needs of the organization for optimum performance. The HR office seeks and optimizes the best people, engaging and retaining them, and ensuring their skills are maximized. Key are for which HR professionals are responsible include talent sourcing, compensation and benefits, employee development and legal compliance.
Human resource graduates are in demand as corporate recruiters, benefits specialists and organizational learning officers. Technically-oriented HR professionals have opportunities in human resource information systems and compensation analysis. Whether specializing in a large company, or acting as an HR generalist in smaller organizations, human resources offers multi-faceted career opportunities for graduates.