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What is an HRIS Analyst?

By Natalie Winzer, iHire, LLC

Human resources information systems (HRISs) are software solutions that aid HR personnel with organizing, analyzing, and reporting on employee data, managing handbooks, procedures, and guidelines, and administering payroll and benefits. HRISs increase an HR department’s efficiency and accuracy by eliminating many manual and paper-based processes. Furthermore, because these systems track various data in one centralized location, HRISs are often used to make critical operational decisions. It is no surprise that a position such as the HRIS Analyst exists to support the widespread use of these programs in companies large and small. If you are looking for an HR job and have strong technical skills and an astute attention to detail, this profession may be perfect for you.

General Job Duties

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) defines the HRIS Analyst role as primarily focused on projects/process improvement, production support, and reporting/query running with system maintenance, training, and individual development as supplemental responsibilities. While an IT job at its core, the HRIS Analyst position also requires broad knowledge of HR operations and regulations, as they are called upon to create customized solutions based on an HR department’s specific needs. Keeping data secure is also a key duty since much of the system information is confidential and it is up to the HRIS Analyst to ensure access parameters are properly defined.

Required Education & Skills

A Bachelor’s degree is almost always required, with Master’s degrees preferred for higher-level roles such as Senior HRIS Analyst. These professionals should also possess the following capabilities:

  • Systems implementation
  • Database design
  • Project management
  • Technical troubleshooting
  • System needs assessment
  • Process flow improvement
  • System documentation
  • Procedure/protocol development
  • User training (for individuals of various technical proficiency)
  • Interpersonal communication (with staff in multiple departments)

Salary & Job Outlook

PayScale reports that HRIS Analysts can expect to make ~$62K per year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the Computer Systems Analyst role is predicted to grow 25% by 2022. HRIS Analysts may expect similar potential.

Sources:

SHRM – HRIS Analyst

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook – Computer Systems Analysts

PayScale – Human Resources Information Systems Analyst (HRIS) Salary (United States)

Susan M. Heathfield – Human Resources Information System (HRIS)


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