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Oakland, CA – July 8, 2009 -- Bersin & Associates, the only research and advisory firm focused on enterprise learning and talent management, today announced the publication of The Career Factbook for HR and Learning Professionals. The Factbook is an in-depth analysis of the demographics and characteristics of today’s human resources and learning profession. This study was designed with the particular goal of helping HR and L&D professionals and executives understand what really drives success, job satisfaction, career growth, compensation, and engagement. The Factbook can be downloaded for free by visiting http://marketing.bersin.com/HR_Career_Factbook.html.
Professionals can use the data in this report to compare themselves and team members to professionals worldwide and to learn what skills and experiences translate into professional success. The findings will help professionals: advance their HR careers by better understanding the career progression and different paths of HR and learning professionals and executives; identify professional development needs by role and career level; compare compensation in HR and L&D roles; and educate business leaders and others who work with HR and learning professionals about the profession.
"It’s not surprising that the HR and learning profession is under great stress, given downsizing and restructuring taking place throughout business today," said Josh Bersin, president. "Surprisingly, the biggest challenge facing HR and L&D leaders is not a lack of resources, but rather, the lack of support and engagement from business leaders. The biggest challenge to the profession is building strong business alignment, credibility throughout the enterprise, and business acumen within the HR and L&D ranks."
The Factbook is based on data provided by approximately 1,300 survey respondents. Bersin & Associates estimates that approximately 1.2 million employees in the United States work in jobs related to corporate HR and learning.
Following are representative findings:
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Research areas include planning and strategy, learning programs and delivery, talent management, leadership development and succession planning, talent acquisition, technology and infrastructure, informal learning, social networking, measurement and analytics. For more information, go to www.bersin.com or call 561 455 0622, extension 223.