The Profession Map provides our profession with the strongest foundation yet for effective decision-making. To help you do this, we've outlined nine specialist disciplines across HR, L&D, OD&D and beyond:

  • Employee experience
  • Employee relations
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Learning and development
  • Organisation development and design
  • People analytics
  • Resourcing
  • Reward
  • Talent management.
  • Wellbeing
The people profession is a broad spectrum of opportunities. No matter what level you’re at, the specialist knowledge areas show you how to apply your expertise to make a positive impact in the world of work. If you work in one of these areas or want to deepen your expertise for your own development, this is where you can explore career paths and plot your progress through your chosen areas of expertise.

'The people profession is a broad and international community within which there are many specialisms. Together, this range of specialisms can help to shape successful organisations.'

Yetunde Hofmann, Leadership consultant and CIPD Board member

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View the full list of specialist knowledge standards inside this downloadable document (PDF, 933 KB).