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Nevada HR Career and Education Outlook

Nevada’s unemployment rate of 4.6% is slightly higher than the national average of 4.1% but job growth is steadily growing in this state, which economists say is preferred to rapid, unsustainable growth. Nevada is broken up into two economic regions, the northern part of the state, and the southern part. Seasonality affects both parts of the state and with seasonality factored in, unemployment is still slightly higher in Nevada than the national average.

The good news is Nevada has the fastest private sector job growth in the nation as of March 2018, with employment up 38,500 compared to 2016 data.

Nevada’s overall job growth looks promising over the next year, with 2 percent growth expected in southern Nevada and 4 percent growth in northern Nevada.

Two key human resource positions, human resources managers and training and development specialists, made the Nevada Top 100 Occupations list from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

Human Resources Salaries for Nevada

Human resources salaries in Nevada are relative to cost-of-living and managers will earn more than their specialist counterparts or employees. The median annual wage for a Nevada HR Manager is $109,440, excluding training managers and benefits managers. On the lower end, a human resources assistant can expect to earn $37,380.

Job Role Annual Median Wage
Human Resources Assistant $37,380
Training and Development Specialists $57,160
Human Resources Specialists $57,620
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists $58,660
Training and Development Managers $90,770
Human Resources Managers $109,440
Compensation and Benefits Managers $130,230

Education Requirements for HR Professionals in Nevada

The point of entry for most human resource positions is a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s in human resources or organizational leadership will work if you are going into human resources in the private sector, or a bachelor’s in human service management will work if you are interested in the public sector. Many jobs do not require a particular degree, but then you will need to gain work experience in HR prior to being able to work in a leadership role. In many cases, HR professionals hold a business degree, but you may need to earn more specific job experience if your degree is in something other than human resources.

For manager roles in human resources, candidates typically hold a bachelor’s degree, plus at least five years of experience. For some director-level and above positions, a master’s or higher is required. Now, there are Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees with an emphasis on Human Resources, where degree seekers will learn about organizational management and leadership from a people management perspective.

Job Prospects for Nevada

There are lots of creative ways you can work in HR in the state of Nevada, within the public or private sector. There are a number of government agencies that work with the Nevada workforce in human resources roles, from the U.S. Department of Labor, Nevada division which promotes the welfare of wage earners in the state, to Nevada JobConnect, which oversees and provides workforce development services to job seekers and employers of Nevada.

Take a look at some job openings from October 2018:

Sample job openings:

Senior HR Partner, Tesla, Sparks, NV

The Senior HR Partner is a key role at Gigafactory, a new part of Tesla, and this leader will work across functions to make sure Tesla is a great place to work for all employees. This role will be responsible for overseeing workforce planning, compensation, coaching and development, employee retention, employee relations, managing conflict and other projects as necessary. Candidates must have a bachelor’s in human resources or equivalent experience and a MS in Human Resources or IR is preferred.

HR Generalist, Mission Support and Test Services, LLC, Las Vegas, NV

The HR Generalist should have a bachelor’s in human resources, business or related field, and at least 8 years’ experience in a related field or directly in HR. the applicant must have knowledge of employment law and be skilled in talent acquisition, recruiting, screening, interviewing candidates and benefits administration, particularly in a government setting. Must also have knowledge of recruiting tools and software.

These jobs were picked as samples from a job board in October 2018 to show the types of titles, education and experience needed to work at select roles in the field. Posting the jobs here does not guarantee employment or that the jobs will still be available when users view this page.

Largest employers in Nevada

Typically, with a larger workforce means a greater need for human resource professionals. Here is a glance at the seven largest employers in Nevada, with the majority located in Las Vegas and two located in Reno. Nevada is home to a large hospitality industry and tourism is a huge part of the economy of this state, for both the north and south, although seasonality can play a role. Entertainment companies, hotel groups and travel companies all make their home in Nevada, and there is also a large military and police presence if you are interested in government work.

Here is a look at the largest employers in Nevada:

Employer Industry Headquarters Size
University of Nevada Reno Education Reno 10,000
Venetian Hotel and Casino Gaming and Hospitality Las Vegas 10,000
Las Vegas Sands Corp. Gaming and Hospitality Las Vegas 9,500
US Air Force Base Government Nellis AFB 9,185
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Government Las Vegas 7,000
MGM Grand Gaming and Hospitality Las Vegas 6,000
Renown Institute Healthcare Reno 5,001

HR Associations for Nevada

Human resource organizations are a big part of the Nevada HR community. Each of the larger, national organizations has a Nevada chapter, and some have one for Northern Nevada and one for Southern Nevada. Here is a look at the HR associations in Nevada:

  • IPMA-HR Southern Nevada Chapter
  • Nevada State SHRM Council
  • Southern Nevada SHRM
  • Northern Nevada Human Resources Association (NNHRA)
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas SHRM Student Chapter

Getting Started

If you are just starting out on your path to a career in human resources, then you are in the right place. If you still need a degree, make sure you earn your degree in human resources or business to most closely align your education with what you will do for a career. Then, as with any career, you have to get started in HR at an entry level, working your way up through different careers and levels as you earn more experience. Training, HR specialist and recruiting specialist are all great entry points once you have earned your degree and have entered the workforce. The time is now for a career in HR!