Fastest Growing HR Roles


If you’re among the many HR professionals with a psychology degree, consider yourself fortunate.

Statistics are showing that the role of industrial-organizational psychologist is taking the crown as the fastest-growing job.

Several other HR segments are also set to rise above the international average of 11% job growth, but if you’re in compensation, it might be time to make a change. See the expected HR job growth for each category below, listed by job growth:

Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Job growth outlook to 2022: 53%

Health care and consulting firms are expected to make big investments in I/O psychologists, while self-employment among these professionals will also jump 85%.

Training and Development Specialists

Job growth outlook to 2022: 15%

With faster than average job growth, plenty of jobs to be found, and opportunity in nearly every industry, this is a good region to start out in.

HR Managers

Job growth outlook to 2022: 13%

A median salary higher than the average management occupation and a faster growth rate will put you ahead here. But to get even further ahead, avoid positions in the manufacturing industry, where it is expected that jobs will fall 7.2%.

Training and Development Managers

Job growth outlook to 2022: 11%

While growth is not quite as strong as it is with the entry-level training specialists, it’s expected to keep pace with the rest of the economy. Plus, if you land yourself a position in professional services, science & technology, or finance & insurance, your salary is likely to crack the six-figure mark.

HR and Labor Relations Specialists

Job growth outlook to 2022: 7%

Sluggish growth has hit this HR sector, but it’s the labor relations specialists in particular that will suffer the most, with a decrease in jobs of 1% expected by 2022.

Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists

Job growth outlook to 2022: 6%

Huge drops in hiring these specialists in utilities, manufacturing, government and media have distorted the picture of job growth in this area. Industries like construction and professional services are still expected to expand openings here by upwards of 20%, a ray of hope for these professionals.

Compensation and Benefits Managers

Job growth outlook to 2022: 3%

Outsourcing is to blame for the low growth for compensation and benefits managers. Consulting firms with automation and overseas call centers will offset the growth that increasingly complicated health care systems provide in many countries.