How HR Certifications Can Impact Career Trajectory

PayScale’s salary and demographic information have seen multiple resumes having at least one HR certification. Globally, human resource certification is seen valuable on career trajectory and salary compensation for HR professionals.

With upcoming trends and technology emergence, there has been a growing need for HR certifications among human resource professionals. The rapid growth of HR jobs simply means having more employees with human resource certifications.

The increase in the number of professional human resource certifications simply means this type of credential is now seen as a fundamental need for employers facing complex challenges. Whether you’re dealing with employee benefits, labor relations, risk management, or talent management – it has become mandatory for HR professionals to gain HR certifications.

In 2018, it was found that 34.2% of all HR professionals maintained at least one HR certification. Although, it had a declining rate between 2008-2014, but is now gaining traction for the past few years.

Will earning HR certification impact your career progression?

Yes, it will, in fact, upgrading skills through HR certifications influence the chances of getting promoted to a higher position. This fact holds true for almost every job level.

It is said, for every job title the candidate received a promotion within five years of their career irrespective of the level they’re positioned at.

Let us check out a few facts from a survey that was carried out by the HR Certification Institute: -

  • Employers believed these certifications to be significant as compared with the non-certified – 96%
  • An HR consultant having a higher preference over a non-certified consultant – 95%
  • Human resource certifications are important – 58%
  • HR certified professionals bringing a positive impact to the organization – 56%
  • Employers in the U.S. look for HR certifications – 46%

Impact on money?

Does certification influence pay?

For the most part, it does offer HR professionals a boost in salary compensation. However, the hike will depend on the type of certification, job level, and the industry you’re employed at. For instance, HR professionals working in sectors such as healthcare earn higher pay as compared to professionals working in the technology sector.

A quick glance: -

  • Healthcare – 38.3%
  • Retail & Customer Service - 34.6%
  • Accommodation & Food Services - 33.3%
  • Transportation & Warehousing - 32.1%
  • Education - 30.9%
  • Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation - 30.8%
  • Construction - 30.4%
  • Finance & Insurance - 29.8%
  • Manufacturing - 29.7%
  • Energy & Utilities - 27.7%
  • Real Estate & Rental/Leasing - 26.8%
  • Agencies & Consultancies - 25.4%
  • Engineering & Science - 25.0%
  • Nonprofits - 24.5%
  • Technology - 23.1%

Certifications will no doubt keep you updated with the current job scenario. Most importantly, this will keep you in-sync with the current knowledge, keeps your skills sharp, and help you with the advancement in leadership roles.

With certification, one could opt for job roles such as HR generalist, Talent Management Professionals, HR leaders, HR Managers, HR Directors, HR Generalist, and VP of HR, etc.

Professional human resource certification holds a great value among HR professionals worldwide. Multiple employers in the U.S. consider professional certifications a standard requirement, since, to them, it ensures success both to the employers as well as the employees.

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