Choosing your HR career path

No easy answers when it comes to being an HR specialist or generalist
By Andrea Garson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/01/2014

It’s an issue every HR professional must consider: Do I want to be a specialist or generalist? And there are no easy answers.

As the name implies, an HR specialist possesses expertise in one or two specific functional disciplines, most commonly compensation, benefits, training and development, recruiting and staffing, health and safety or HRIS. Alternatively, a generalist possesses broad knowledge of many functional disciplines.