Benefits administration involves the creation and management of employee benefits, as well as providing a means for employees to be trained in understanding how the benefits work, and what types of standards employees must meet in order to qualify for the benefits. Often, benefits administration occurs within the Human Resources department of a larger company, although smaller companies may designate the function of benefits administration to other areas or individuals.
In this role, the employee administers the company’s benefits program. This can include offering workers health, dental or vision insurance, retirement plans and flexible spending accounts. The work can be challenging, as insurance choices and retirement-plan options can be complex. The benefits administrator has to know the ins and outs of all the benefits choices the company is offering, and may be in charge of choosing the benefits the company will offer.