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Human Resources: Career and Education Opportunities in Iowa

Human Resources: Human Resource Managers make sure that the people within our companies and government offices are treated well and fairly. They balance government regulations and business goals to create work environments in which employees can feel safe and secure.

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Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.


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CAREERS WITHIN Human Resources

Compensation and Benefits Manager

Compensation and Benefits Managers plan, direct, or coordinate compensation and benefits activities and staff of an organization. Compensation and Benefits Managers need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to speak clearly and communicate with others.
Human Relations Manager

Human Relations Managers plan, direct, and coordinate human resource management activities of an organization to maximize the strategic use of human resources and maintain functions such as employee compensation, recruitment, and regulatory compliance. Human Relations Managers need to direct the development of teams and individuals with the aim of problem solving and task completion. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.