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Human Resources Administrative Assistant

Career Area: Human Resources

Occupation Group: Human Resources Specialists

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Human Resources Administrative Assistant earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $34,463

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $36,553

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Supports an organization or company's HR department by performing personnel-related administrative tasks. Maintains HR records by entering new hires, transfers, terminations, employee changes, salary increases. Assists employees with benefit information and new employee setup. Schedules and tracks weekly overtime and internal staff events.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina1150%
Nationwide3813-1.8%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Human Resources Administrative Assistant is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Administrative Support: Working experience providing various kinds of administrative support and services to people and groups in business operations. These include mailing, scanning, maintaining an electronic and hard copy filing system, performing data entry, managing calendars, etcetera.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Onboarding: Onboarding, also known as organizational socialization, refers to the mechanism through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders.
  • Data Entry: Working experience of Data Entry. Data entry is the professional term for entering information into a computer or data-recording system using an electronic or mechanical device.
  • Customer Service: Working experience with the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Human Resources Administrative Assistant that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Office Supply Ordering: Office supplies are consumables and equipment regularly used in offices by businesses and other organizations, by individuals engaged in written communications, recordkeeping or bookkeeping, janitorial and cleaning, and for storage of supplies or data.
  • Employee Relations: Industrial relations is a multidisciplinary field that studies the employment relationship.
  • Copying: Copying is the duplication of information or an artifact based only on an instance of that information or artifact, and not using the process that originally generated it.
  • Office Management: Office management is a profession involving the design, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance of the process of work within an office or organization, in order to maintain and improve efficiency and productivity.
  • Benefits Administration / Management: Benefits administration is the process of establishing, maintaining, and managing benefits for the employees of an organization.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years67%
3 to 5 years30%
6 to 8 years2%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Human Resources Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant - Human Resources
  • Human Resources/Administrative Assistant
  • Human Resources Assistant/Receptionist
  • Administrative Assistant Human Resources

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