21 HR Jobs of the Future

Join us in this 5-week, online course to gain insight into the workplace in 2025. Plus take a discovery assessment to guide your HR career and develop an Action Plan for HR jobs of the future.
Course at a glance
  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Time Commitment: 1.5-2 hours per week. 100% Online. Complete on your own pace. Flexible deadlines.
  • Format: Video case studies. Curated content. Discussion forums. Networking.
  • Deliverables: Walk away with an Action Plan and Blueprint for your organization.
  • Credits: 8 SHRM and HCRI recertification credits.

21 HR Jobs of the Future

Lead Faculty:

Ben Pring: VP and Dir., Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work

Ben Pring co-founded and leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. He is a frequent speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He co-wrote What To Do When Machines Do Everything and Code Halos; How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business. Ben joined Cognizant in 2011, from Gartner, where he was Vice President.

Rob Brown: VP, Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work

Rob Brown is a leader at Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. He was the lead author on the Center for the Future of Work whitepapers “The REAL Reality of Augmented Reality” and “Augmenting the Reality of Everything.” He joined Cognizant from Gartner. He is the co-author of the HR Business Review article 21 HR Jobs of the Future.

Jeanne Meister: Managing Director, Future Workplace

Future Workplace Academy is led by Jeanne Meister. Her most recent book, The Future Workplace: 10 Rules For Mastering Disruption in Recruiting and Engaging Employees was awarded the Silver Axiom Best Business Book Award for HR professionals. Jeanne has written over 100 articles on the future of working and learning and is the co-author of the HR Business Review article 21 HR Jobs of the Future.


What You’ll Learn:

This online course brings to life the much debated and discussed Harvard Business Review article: 21 HR Jobs of the Future, which proposes that HR take a leadership role in navigating the future of work and identifying new HR job roles. Research indicates that 73% of workers depend on their employer for support in preparing for the future of work. Just as CFOs have greatly increased their scope since the 2008 financial crisis, CHROs now have that same opportunity to become central C-suite players.

With that in mind, The Cognizant Center for Future of Work and Future Workplace jointly embarked on a nine-month initiative to determine exactly what the future of HR will look like. The result was an HBR article, 21 HR Jobs of the Future and a five week online course identifying 21 HR Jobs of the Future on a 2×2 grid; the X-axis depicts time, and the order in which we expect them to appear over the next 10 years, while the y-axis depicts “technology centricity.”

In this course you will learn:

Audience for 21 HR Jobs of the Future is targeted to HR professionals with job titles in areas such as:

  • Chief Human Resource Officers
  • VP Global People Operations
  • VP Global Head of Employee Experience
  • Head of VP/Director Talent Management
  • HR Business Partner
  • VP/Director Total Rewards & Compensation
  • VP/Director Employee Wellbeing
  • HR Professionals seeking to advance their career


This Course Features Five Modules:

Each module takes about one hour of time which includes viewing videos, reading relevant articles, answering questions, contributing to the course and collaborating with other learners.

The Five Modules include:


Learners who complete this course are eligible for 8 re-certification credits from SHRM and HRCI.

Future Workplace® is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Course Design Principles

21 HR Jobs of the Future was designed to be highly engaging using our Learn, Review, Apply format culminating in a digital badge detailing each learner’s achievements and shareable on social media.


  • Understand what the 21 HR Jobs of the Future are
  • Assess and discuss how top companies are implementing the 21 HR Jobs of the Future


  • Reflect on the videos of top practitioners sharing their experiences with the 21 HR Jobs of the Future
  • Review short knowledge check questions following your exposure to videos, articles and other content


  • Participate in discussion questions and exercises to apply your knowledge
  • Build an Action Plan
Led by Top Practitioners Who Can Tell You What to Expect and How to Prepare

Learn the key trends that will impact all of us in the workplace of 2025, such as wide spread health screening and what this means for data privacy, humans in machine, the scaling of everything virtual, and the retrofitting of homes into offices, to name a few.

Video Case Studies of HR Pioneers Holding HR Jobs of the Future

You will hear directly from senior leaders in cutting-edge roles, like the Director of Employee Wellbeing, Human Bias Officer, AI4Talent Director, and Financial Wellness Director. Who do they report to and what are their focus areas? And finally, why were these jobs created in their organizations?

Curated Articles, Podcasts, and Live Polls Among Learners

We have assembled a robust set of microlearning resources, application exercises, threaded discussion groups, and, most importantly, live polls to uncover what HR peers are doing to prepare for the HR Jobs of the Future. This is your chance to discuss, debate, and highlight how you are transforming HR to prepare for the future.

21 HR Jobs of the Future Discovery Assessment Plus Recertification Credits & Digital Badge

You will complete a discovery assessment to guide you in navigating the future of your HR career. This will be a critical tool for you to assess, reflect, and consider your next move. Upon completion of this course, you will also receive recertification credits and a digital badge to build your personal brand and document your new skills.