Human Resources might have the most complicated set of job titles of any department. In this article, I share 4 pieces of research I hope will assist you in using the most effective HR job titles:

  1. HR Job Titles Hierarchy — An pyramid of the basic org chart  of HR teams
  2. Examples of the job titles used in the 6 tiers/levels of those HR titles
  3. A pie chart of the 40 most popular HR job titles that candidates search for on Google
  4. A list of the top 22 HR job titles that HR teams ask about (with a brief description)

Note: This article is part of our ongoing series on job titles called: Job Titles: The Definitive Guide.


HR Job Titles Hierarchy

Below is an  example of a typical HR org chart:

hr job titles hierarchy


The HR titles hierarchy above is typical of many other departments with the normal 6 major levels of job titles (Chief, VP, Director, Manager, Individual Contributor and Entry-Level).

Disclaimer Note: For this article (including pyramid above) I exclude variations of human resource position titles such as Senior VP, Junior Manager, Associate VP, etc. Those qualifiers are commonly used at many companies but I wanted to keep the pyramid simple with the 6 broadest position levels. Diversity: Many companies have diversity reporting into HR. But there is also a movement to have diversity be its own department and some parts of diversity stretch beyond HR (e.g. making sure vendors and customers are diverse). For that reason, I am going to do a separate article just on diversity job titles. 

Ok, ready? Let’s start at the top.


Common HR Leader Job Titles

The Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) is the most common HR leader job title at a large enterprise. Most CHROs report to the CEO.

If a company is large enough, there may even be multiple CHROs. Pepsico, for example, has Ronald Schellekens as the overall CHRO. But they also have a CHRO for business units (Pepsi Beverages, Worldwide Flavours) and regions (China, Kazakhstan, etc.).


The titles CHRO and CPO (Chief People Officer) are often used interchangeably.  At Mastercard, for example, their corporate leadership Web page lists Michael Fraccaro as the “Chief People Officer” while Michael’s LinkedIn profile states that he is the “Chief Human Resources Officer.”

Some companies don’t use the CHRO title at all.

Microsoft, for example, describes their top HR person Kathleen Hogan with 2 different titles: Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Chief People Officer.

Chief Talent Officer and other C-Level HR Titles

Then there’s the title “Chief Talent Officer”. The Chief Talent Officer might sometimes be used for the top HR position at early-stage companies where recruiting “talent” has outweighed importance. But when the Chief Talent Officer title is used at larger enterprises it usualy reports into the CHRO. At Mastercard, for example, Kelly Joscelyne is the Chief Talent Officer responsible for:

“Setting the vision, strategy, and overseeing Talent needs across the global organization. This includes responsibility for talent attraction, acquisition, leadership development, succession planning, employee engagement, and change.” management.

In a larger organization like Mastercard, the Chief Talent Officer usually reports to the CHRO. In an earlier-stage company, the Chief Talent Officer often reports to the CEO.

A company as large as Pepsico might also use other C-level HR job titles. Pepsico, for example, also has a Chief Learning Officer. Other companies have a Chief Training Officer as part of HR.


VP of HR Job Titles

Examples of top VP job titles at a large enterprise include:

  • Vice President of Human Resources
  • VP of Talent Acquisition (or VP of Recruiting)
  • VP of Talent Management (or VP Talent Development)
  • VP of People and Culture
  • VP of Benefits (or VP Compensation And Benefits
  • VP of Payroll
  • VP of Workers Compensation
  • VP of Mobility

Large enterprises will also often have VPs for many of these practices above divided out into regions (e.g. VP of HR, Latin America).

…and might also have HR VPs for different business units (e.g. Walmart (which has 80 VP HR job titles) has a VP People, US E-Commerce Merchandising).

Other companies, like DHL (which has 78 HR VPs), has VP titles for different departments (e.g. VP Employee Experience, VP, Global HR for Finance, VP Group Learning and VP People Management & Platforms).


Director of HR Job Titles

Director of HR titles fall along similar lines (Director of HR, Director of Talent Acquisition, Director of Talent Management, etc.) as the VP level. But they also begin to have more specialized practices/positions. Here are the top 15 most-searched Director-level HR jobs on Google:

  1. HR Director
  2. Facilities Director
  3. Benefits Director
  4. Payroll Director
  5. Training Director
  6. Compensation Director
  7. Talent Acquisition Director
  8. Director Of Recruiting
  9. HRIS Director
  10. Director Of Workers Compensation
  11. Employer Brand Director
  12. Director Of People Analytics
  13. Director,  Employer Branding
  14. Recruitment Marketing Director
  15. Director Recruitment Marketing


HR Manager Titles

At the manager level, HR titles continue to get specialized.

Here are the top 20 most-searched HR job titles at the manager level:

  1. HR Manager
  2. Training Manager
  3. Facilities Manager
  4. Payroll Manager
  5. Talent Acquisition Manager (or Recruiting Manager)
  6. Benefits Manager
  7. Compensation Manager
  8. Sourcing Manager
  9. HRIS Manager
  10. HR Project Manager
  11. Regional Human Resource Manager
  12. Strategic Sourcing Manager
  13. Executive Compensation Manager
  14. Employer Brand Manager
  15. Workers Compensation Case Manager
  16. Employment Equity Manager
  17. Employment Case Manager
  18. People Analytics Project Manager
  19. Industrial Relations Manager
  20. HR Safety Manager


Individual Contributor HR Titles

At the individual contributor (IC) level (i.e. the individual is not managing anyone), the list of HR titles continues to get more specific.

Here are the top 20 most-Googled individual contributor HR job titles on Google.

  1. Recruiter
  2. HR Analyst
  3. HR Generalist
  4. HR Coordinator
  5. Virtual Recruiter
  6. Remote Human Resources
  7. Training Coordinator
  8. Payroll Clerk
  9. Human Resources Generalist
  10. Recruiting Coordinator
  11. Corporate Recruiter
  12. Technical Recruiter
  13. HR Business Partner
  14. HR Consultant
  15. Benefits Specialist
  16. Campus Recruiter
  17. Benefits Administrator
  18. Payroll Administrator
  19. Executive Recruiter
  20. HRIS Analyst


Entry Level HR Job Titles

At the bottom of the pyramid are the entry-level HR job titles.

The 7 most Googled-for entry-level HR titles are:

  1. HR Assistant
  2. HR Intern
  3. HR Temp
  4. Recruiting Assistant
  5. HR Administrative Assistant
  6. HR Trainee
  7. Junior Recruiter


Top 40 Human Resources Job Titles (by Candidate Search Volume)

top hr job titles pie chart


HR Job Titles and Descriptions (by Employer Interest)

Here are the top 22 HR job titles that employers request job descriptions for (along with a brief description):

1. Human Resources Generalist

A human resources generalist, also known as an HR generalist, is responsible for the day to day management of human resources operations within an organization. A human resources manager manages the administration of policies, procedures, and programs for a company. Human resources generalists also manage staff recruiting and staffing logistics.

# of Google Searches per Month: 2,700 (HR Generalist: 2,000)


2. Recruiter

The Recruiter job title is a broad, catch-all general description for a recruiting role at an employer or agency. A Recruiter working directly for an employer might be called Recruiter or Corporate Recruiter. A Recruiter working for an agency might be called an agency recruiter or headhunter. The key responsibilities of a recruiter are to pre-screen and present qualified candidates to the hiring manager, and also to serve as the main point of contact throughout the hiring process. A recruiter may also participate in employee onboarding to ensure the employee is ready to begin their new position.

# of Google Searches per Month: 2,200


3. Corporate Recruiter

A Corporate Recruiter is an internal employee recruiting for one company (as opposed to an agency recruiter, staffing recruiter or headhunter). The Corporate Recruiter works closely with hiring managers to define needs and structure the recruitment plan. The Corporate Recruiter usually organizes most of the communications with candidates and short-lists candidates for the company to try to close.

# of Google Searches per Month: 2,200


4. HR Manager

An HR Manager (Human resources manager) is the link between the employees of an organization and the management structure. An HR Manager is responsible for guiding the administrative tasks of an organization, handling employee management, and coordinating the functions within various departments. HR Managers are critical to the flow of an organization.

# of Google Searches per Month: 1,800


5. Human Resources Assistant

A Human Resources Assistant, also known as an HR Assistant (or Human Resource Assistant), is a vital position that supports the overall employee experience and ensures legal compliance. A human resources assistant manages the day-to-day HR functions like the following:

  • Employee application process
  • New employee orientation
  • Payroll
  • Record maintenance
  • Vendor management
  • Employee recognition and rewards

# of Google Searches per Month: 1,300; HR Assistant: 700; Human Resource Assistant: 300


6. Human Resources Director

A Human Resources Director, or HR director, is responsible for operating a company’s human resources department. An HR Director supervises human resources employees and provides support to upper-level management for strategic staffing planning, compensation and benefits, employee training and development, and labor relations. An HR Director also promotes a positive work environment and culture. HR Directors’ daily tasks include:

  • Employee orientation implementation
  • Database management procedures
  • Employee records management
  • Benefits program management

# of Google Searches per Month: 1,300; HR Director 500


7. HR Coordinator

An HR coordinator, also called a human resources coordinator, works directly with the HR director or manager to address any issues raised by current or newly hired employees. An HR coordinator organizes and schedules employee orientations, and manages other HR functions like training and development. HR coordinators focus on improving HR policies, processes, and recommending changes to Human resources management. An HR coordinator may also oversee labor negotiations and analyze employee productivity data.

# of Google Searches per Month: 1,100

Human Resources Coordinator 400


8. Headhunter

Headhunters are usually employees of a recruiting agency (or independent contractors) hired by a company to find, vet, and present candidates for a position. They are sometimes called a “contract recruiter”.

# of Google Searches per Month: 800


9. Human Resource Business Partner

A Human Resource Business Partner (aka HR Business Partner or HRBP) aligns business objectives with management in designated business units.  The HR Business Partner has an effective business literacy about the business unit’s financial position, midrange plans, culture and competition.

# of Google Searches per Month: 800; Human Resources Business Partner:  200


10. HR Specialist

An HR Specialist, also known as human resources or human resource specialist, serves as a liaison between employees and management. An HR Specialist is responsible for negotiating with unions, resolving disputes within the organization, and managing employee health and safety programming. HR Specialists also work with hiring managers to develop candidate criteria, attract qualifies employees, and coordinate new hire relocations. An HR Specialist may also manage the development of benefits and compensation packages for an organization.

# of Google Searches per Month: 600; Human Resources Specialist: 450; Human Resource Specialist: 400


11. Resources Manager

A Resources Manager works with senior management and project managers to identify and allocate resources for organizational projects and initiatives. A Resources Manager is responsible for the management and allocation of various types of resources, including a budget, technology, time, and people. A Resources Manager works with multiple employees within an organization to foster efficiency.

# of Google Searches per Month: 600


12. Human Resources Administrator

A Human Resources Administrator, or HR Administrator, is responsible for overseeing human resources personnel within and organization. The HR Administrator handles specific tasks like creating employment contracts, scheduling interviews for open positions, and recruiting. HR Administrators are the first point of contact for HR-related requests within a company.

# of Google Searches per Month: 450; HR Administrator: 300


13. HR Intern

A Human Resources Intern, also known as an HR Intern, works in an organization’s human resources department. An HR Intern works directly with a supervisor or manager to assist with day to day HR operations. Duties of a human resources intern include:

  • Posting jobs
  • Assisting in conducting interviews
  • Researching and developing job descriptions
  • Updating personnel paperwork

# of Google Searches per Month: 400; HR Intern: 200


14. HR Analyst

An HR Analyst is responsible for collecting and studying information related to human resources issues, costs, and different types of jobs within an organization. An HR Analyst uses human resources information systems (HRIS) to manage HR data accurately and efficiently. Other tasks managed by an HR Analyst are compiling salary information, collecting employee data, and maximizing human resources efficiency.

# of Google Searches per Month: 250


15. HR Recruiter

An HR recruiter is responsible for finding and placing qualified employees for an organization. AN HR recruiter assists with the development of job descriptions, job postings, application screening, and scheduling interviews. Other tasks completed by an HR recruiter are:

  • Conducting initial phone interviews
  • Contacting references
  • Drafting job offers

# of Google Searches per Month: 250; Human Resource Recruiter: 250


16. Technical Recruiter

A technical recruiter (aka an Information Technology (IT) Recruiter) sources and assesses candidates for technical roles within an organization. Technical Recruiters often use their specialized knowledge of technology systems to find qualified candidates in the technology field. A Tech Recruiter arranges interviews, discusses compensation and salary packages with potential employees, and reviews the company’s job requirements.

# of Google Searches per Month: 250


17. Vice President of Human Resources

The Vice President of Human Resources positions runs the planning, directing, and coordinating of HR administrative functions of an organization. VP of HRs are executives that consult with other executives on strategic planning that includes the recruiting, interviewing and hiring of new staff. The VP of HR serves as a link between high-level management and the employees in an organization, handling the following tasks:

  • Planning and oversight of benefits programs
  • Consulting on equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment issues
  • Handling staffing issues and mediating disputes
  • Coordinating and supervising HR specialists and support staff

# of Google Searches per Month: 250


18. Chief Human Resources Officer

A Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) (sometimes called Chief People Officer (CPO)) is responsible for overseeing the HR management of an organization. A CHRO develops and executes the human resources strategy for an organization to support the overall strategic direction. The primary duties and responsibilities of a CHRO are:

  • Establishing and implementing HR efforts that support the business’s mission and vision
  • Working with senior management and various business units on key organizational and management issues
  • Developing comprehensive recruiting and retention plans
  • Developing and implementing compensation and benefits plans

# of Google Searches per Month: 200


19. Director of Human Resources

A Director of HR manages and guides the human resources services, policies, and programs for an organization. An HR Director is responsible for managing recruiting and staffing, performance management, compliance, and employee development. An HR Director also leads the development and implementation of employee training, orientation, compensation, and policy. They usually report to the VP of HR.

# of Google Searches per Month: 200


20. HRIS Manager

An HRIS manager (aka Human Resources Information System Manager), is responsible for maintaining and supporting an organization’s HR systems software. The tasks and responsibilities of an HRIS manager are:

  • Supervising day to day HR software activities
  • Recording and processing employee information
  • Analyzing employee data to maintain integrity
  • Performing assessments and HRIS improvements
  • Overseeing HRIS upgrades and compliance

# of Google Searches per Month: 200


21. Human Resource Administrative Assistant

A Human Resource Administrative Assistant supports management to perform a variety of human resources-related tasks within and organization. An HR Administrative Assistant is responsible for collecting and managing employee data and also assists with the hiring, recruiting, and training of new employees.

# of Google Searches per Month: 200


22. Human Resources Executive

A Human Resources Executive (aka HR Executive) manages tasks that relate to employee compensation, benefits, and motivation. An HR Executive is similar to an HR Manager, but typically is more experienced, manages more people and might, in fact, manage the HR Manager.

# of Google Searches per Month: 200


Human Resource Position Titles Research

I want to thank a bunch of people and resources for their research on HR position titles. They include:

  1. Ben Eubanks for his article Human Resources Job Titles-The Ultimate Guide
  3. Nina Edrada:
  4. Patricia Lotich:
  8. Brianna Hansen:
  10. Tom Gresham:
  11. Andrea Clement Santiago:
  12. Rick Suttle:
  13. K.J. Miner:
  16. Aurelio Locsin:
  17. Alison Doyle:
  18. Nina Edrada:


Why I wrote this?

I share this research on HR job titles to help you optimize your own job titles. This supports Ongig’s mission to transform job descriptions. Check out to learn more.

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