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Human Resources: Career and Education Opportunities in Kansas

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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Kansas has a population of 2,818,747, which has grown by 4.85% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sunflower State," its capital is Topeka, though its biggest city is Wichita. In 2008, there were a total of 1,875,134 jobs in Kansas. The average annual income was $38,886 in 2008, up from $37,414 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Kansas was 6.7% in 2009, which has grown by 2.3% since the previous year. Approximately 25.8% of Kansas residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Kansas include machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers, mineral wool manufacturing, and medical laboratories. Notable tourist destinations include the Exploration Place, the Indian Center Museum & Gift Shop, and the Great Plains Nature 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.