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Human Resources: Career and Education Opportunities in Oregon

Human Resources: Human Resources workers make sure that the human concerns of business are met. They focus on issues of people and how they relate to businesses, making sure that organizations deal with their employees fairly and in accord with the law of the land.

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Oregon has a population of 3,825,657, which has grown by 11.82% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Beaver State," its capital is Salem, though its biggest city is Portland. In 2008, there were a total of 2,339,488 jobs in Oregon. The average annual income was $36,365 in 2008, up from $35,737 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Oregon was 11.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.6% since the previous year. About 25.1% of Oregon residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Oregon include wood product manufacturing, lumber construction materials merchant wholesalers, and lumber, plywood, millwork, and wood panel merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Children's Museum 2nd Generation, the 3D Center of Art & Photography, and the Northwest Film Center.


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CAREERS WITHIN Human Resources

Compensation / Benefits Specialist

Compensation / Benefits Specialists conduct programs of compensation and benefits and job analysis for employer. Compensation / Benefits Specialists need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to respond to the actions of other and coordinate activities with them.
Employment Coordinator

Employment Coordinators interview job applicants and refer them to prospective employers for consideration. Employment Coordinators need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to note the reactions and responses of others in both work and social situations.
Employment Recruiter

Employment Recruiters seek out, interview, and screen applicants to fill existing and future job openings and promote career opportunities within an organization. Employment Recruiters need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to talk through and persuade others when needed.
Job Training Specialist

Job Training Specialists conduct training and development programs for employees. Job Training Specialists need to make use of strategies for learning about new situations and problems as they arise. They also need to speak clearly and communicate with others.