HR Glossary for HR Professionals
Glossary of the most common HR terms and acronyms to assist professionals navigating the ever-growing and ever-changing world of HR terminology.
What Is an HR Specialist?
The HR specialist is responsible for a specific HR function within an organization. Specialists are usually part of a larger HR team within larger companies. Many HR pros are attracted to specialization since it allows them to focus on and improve in one or a few key areas, such as:
What Roles Do Specialists Fill?
HR Specialists tend to fill more nuanced roles that focus on one particular area of Human Resources. Here are a few examples:
- Benefits Specialists
- Compensation and Performance Specialists
- Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Specialists
- Payroll Specialists
- Recruitment Specialists
- Compliance Specialists
- Training and Development Specialists
HR professionals tend to begin their career in a more general role and move into a specialized position later once they have found a niche they prefer.
Related Terms: HR Generalist