Those contemplating a career in human resources must be driven to take this path. Ahead lie challenges, conflict, little praise from above and lots of complaints from below. No wonder a new survey of human resources professionals found that two-thirds of those surveyed were less than enthusiastic about their jobs, and that a quarter are ready to jump ship within the year.

The latest evidence of the tough row HR pros must hoe comes from Harvey Nash, a recruiting consulting firm. Bloomberg/BNA picked up tidbits from the survey and reported the discouraging news.

It's no secret that HR types are caught in an uncomfortable vice. A report last March detailed the lack of love between the C-Suite and HR. The Harvey Nash data underscores how lonely the job can be.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.