How to Become an HRIS Analyst — Step By Step Guide

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Human Resource Information System (HRIS) analyst are professionals who administer the hardware processes and information system that is responsible for maintaining human resource data along with developing new HRIS solutions. They are responsible for evaluating, upgrading existing tools, fixing hardware/software issues, project regulation and quality control.

Just like other analysts, HRIS specialist has the freedom to work with an organization or to work with multiple corporations as a consultant.

Job Requirements

Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or Other IT Related Field.

Experience: Minimum 3 to 7 years

Key Skill Required: Ability to Work Independently or With Team, Sound verbal and written communication skills, MS Office Skills, Sound knowledge of HRMS/HCM, XML Publisher, SQL, Reports and Windows Graphical Interface.

Step by Step Guide to Be an HRIS Specialist

Step 1: A Bachelor’s Degree

Having a Graduation is a common requirement of becoming an HRIS catalyst. In order to be an HRIS professional one needs to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology as a background of the database, networking, scientific computing, computer systems, hardware/software concepts is required for the job. Apart from these technical degrees other programs that can be beneficial for a potential HRIS analysts are business degree program in Business, Law, Management and Human Resources.

Step 2: A Professional Training in HRIS Software

Having a professional training certification of HRIS software such as PeopleSoft or others is also a common requirement for HRIS analysts. Some schools and training organization offer certification courses in HRIS.

Step 3: Work Experience

Minimum work experience required for an HRIS analyst is 3 to 7 years. However, work requirements may vary from employer to employer, but having a sound work experience of using in-demand HRIS online solutions is ‘The Prime Requirement’.

Step 4: Go Get a Certification

The ‘International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM)’ offers Human Resource Information Professional (HRIP) Certification as a proof of expertise in the field. Having said that, this certification is not mandatory at initial level, but is mandatory if you are looking for career advancements. With no strict eligibility requests, IHRIM only recommends candidates to have a bachelor’s degree and five years of work experience in the HR domain.

Step 5: Look for Advancements

You can choose to work as an HRIS analyst for a firm at the initial stage. However, after having sufficient work experience becoming a consultant that works for an information system firm and advise the business on an independent basis is recommended with regards to career advancements.

There has been a rapid increase in the demand of HRIS professional. Job Growth in the domain is expected to be 8% (2012–2022) with an average salary offered US$55,502 (as of 2015). With the sole responsibility to examine the accuracy of HR data for the organizational benefit, this is one of the best time for an HRIS aspirant.