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Job Description for an Employment Specialist

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

When a company needs to hire someone for a job, an employment specialist finds a way to fill the position. An employment specialist can work inside an organization or provide their services to various organizations. An employment specialist recruits and places workers into job vacancies within an organization, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An employment specialist is also known as an employment interviewer, according to the Occupational Information Network.


According to O*Net, an employment specialist informs applicants of job openings and other details including responsibilities, compensation and benefits. Employment specialists then interview job applicants and choose candidates based on their qualifications and the employer's needs. He checks references and runs background checks on prospective employees. He selects qualified applicants and refers them to employers. He saves and maintains records of applicants who were not selected for the position.


According to the BLS Employment and Wages data, employment, recruitment and training specialists earned a national median hourly rate of $21.86 and a national median salary of $45,470. The national median salary ranged from below $28,030 to above $85,760.


According to the BLS May 2008 data, the employment services industry employed the highest number of employment, recruitment and training specialists with an average salary of $52,910. Other industries that employed the highest number of employment, recruitment and training specialists were as follows: management, scientific and technical consulting services; the state government; management of companies and enterprises; and computer systems design and related services.

The coal mining industry was the highest paying industry with an average salary of $90,790.


An employment specialist works in a clean, well-lit and comfortable office setting. Some travel frequently. An employment specialist may attend meetings, visit conferences and take part in job fairs and visit college campuses to interview job candidates.


For entry-level jobs, employers may seek college graduates with a degree in human resources, human resources administration or industrial and labor relations, according to the BLS. Some employers may seek college graduates with a business or technical background, or a liberal arts education. Some employers seek a graduate degree in industrial and labor relations, especially for general and top management spots. A master's degree in human resources or labor relations may be favorably viewed. A master's in business administration with a concentration in human resources is also desired.

2016 Salary Information for Human Resources Managers

Human resources managers earned a median annual salary of $106,910 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, human resources managers earned a 25th percentile salary of $80,800, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $145,220, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 136,100 people were employed in the U.S. as human resources managers.