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Occupation Profile
Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers

What do they do?

Monitor and evaluate compliance with equal opportunity laws, guidelines, and policies to ensure that employment practices and contracting arrangements give equal opportunity without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.


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Also known as

  • Equal Opportunity Director
  • Field Representative
  • Civil Rights Investigator
  • Equal Opportunity Commission Investigator (EOC Investigator)
  • Equal Opportunity Specialist
  • Affirmative Action Officer (Aa Officer)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Representative (EEO Representative)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Officer (EEO Officer)
  • Complaint Investigations Officer
  • Civil Rights Representative

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Career video

    Transcript:Equal opportunity representatives have a tall order, to help keep workplaces of all kinds respectful, equitable and free of discrimination. Equal opportunity representatives and officers make sure that workplaces maintain hiring and employment practices untainted by bias based on race, gender identity, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, maternity, ability, and national origin. If a promising job candidate is rejected, or a well-performing employee loses a job, and suspects discrimination was the cause, a representative may launch an investigation to ensure that bias was not a factor in the decision. They may also file a report and conduct interviews to investigate in cases where a well-qualified employee is passed up for a promotion. Most Equal Opportunity Representatives start their careers with a bachelor’s degree, and then keep up-to-date on discrimination legislation and policy changes. They rely on the most current information to write grants to accommodate employees with disabilities or other special needs, and design employee trainings around appropriate behavior when interacting with coworkers of various identities. These professionals create a more just and representative workplace, where individuals can contribute to the success of their organization without fear of being punished for their identity.
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How much does it pay?

Hourly wages for Compliance Officers* in United States

Wage Chart for Occupation
$23.64 $41.64

Wage Chart legend for lowest 25 percent
  One out of four earn less than $23.64
Wage Chart legend for middle 50 percent
  Half earn between $23.64 and $41.64
Wage Chart legend for highest 25 percent
  One out of four earn more than $41.64

* You’re seeing wage information for Compliance Officers because we don’t have information for Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers.

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    The lower rate on the left shows what 25 percent of all workers in this field earn less than, and 75 percent earn more than. If you are just starting out, you can assume you might make closer to this amount than the higher amount, although this is not necessarily a “starting wage.” Often workers with more experience and training earn wages at the higher end.

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    What is the source of this information?

    The wage information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program, a semi-annual survey that provides wage and employment statistics for the nation, each state, and sub-state regions.

Will there be jobs?

Image. Employment outlook for this occupation
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.

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    • A Bright outlook means new job opportunities are very likely in the future
    • An Average outlook means that a small number of new job opportunities are likely in the future (less than an 8 percent increase)
    • A Below average outlook means new job opportunities are less likely in the future

    You can also view local job listings in this field by clicking "Find job openings" above. This can help you see if local businesses are hiring—another way of looking at demand.

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    This information comes from O*NET’s Bright Outlook occupations. It is only available at a national level, so even if you selected a state, you’ll only see this information for the whole country.

How much education do you need?

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree
Chart. Percent of workers in this field by education level attained

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    Both pieces of education information come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections.

What you might do in a day
  • Evaluate personnel practices to ensure adherence to regulations.
  • Prepare research reports.
  • Interview witnesses, suspects, or claimants.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Negotiate agreements to resolve disputes.
  • Investigate employment practices or alleged violations of laws to document and correct discriminatory factors.
  • Prepare reports related to investigations of equal opportunity complaints.
  • Interview persons involved in equal opportunity complaints to verify case information.
  • Study equal opportunity complaints to clarify issues.
  • Interpret civil rights laws and equal opportunity regulations for individuals or employers.

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    What is the source of this information?

    This information comes from O*NET OnLine's Occupation Information. The first five items on the list are O*NET’s Detailed Work Activities. The second five, shown after you click “More tasks,” are O*NET‘s Tasks.