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What Can You Do With A Degree In Human Resource Management?

“In today's climate of ethical ambiguity, the HR manager's role as the organization's conscience has come to the forefront.  In addition to learning the technical elements of HRM, our students engage in the difficult debates and learn the higher level skills which prepare them for this critical mission.”  Wendy Fox-Kirk, professor human resource management.  

Below is a breakdown of nine interesting careers in HR, employers and industries that hire HR professionals and resources for further career information. Some careers may require addition skills or further education.  For more information on qualifications, jobs and career specifics consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 

9 INTERESTING CAREERS IN HR:

 

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER

MEDIAN PAY: $110,120/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 9% (as fast as average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Human resources managers plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. (1)

HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST

MEDIAN PAY: $60,350/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 7% (as fast as average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training. (2) 
 
 
 

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS MANAGER

MEDIAN PAY: $119,120/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 5% (as fast as average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: They are generally tasked with designing and evaluating benefits policies to ensure they are current, competitive, and in compliance. They also analyze compensation policies, government regulations, and wage rates to develop competitive compensation packages.  (3)
 
 

 

CORPORATE TRAINING MANAGER

MEDIAN PAY: $108,250/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 10% (faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Training and development managers plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees. They also oversee a staff of training and development specialists. (4)
 

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

MEDIAN PAY: $60,360/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 11% (faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Training and development specialists plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge. (5)
 
 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY REPRESENTATIVE

MEDIAN PAY: $67,870/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 5% (slower than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Investigate practices and violations of laws, prepare reports related to investigations, interview individuals involved in complaints, clarify and resolve complaints. (6)
 

 

OFFICE MANAGER

 
MEDIAN PAY: $94,020/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 10% (faster than average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Administrative services managers plan, direct, and coordinate supportive services of an organization. Their specific responsibilities vary, but administrative service managers typically maintain facilities and supervise activities that include recordkeeping, mail distribution, and office upkeep. (7)

PAYROLL

 
MEDIAN PAY: $43,890/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: -1% decline
JOB DESCRIPTION: Process and issue paychecks, compute wages and deductions, review time sheets, compile time, production and payroll data, process new and exiting employees. (8)
 
 

JOB ANALYSIS SPECIALISTS

 
MEDIAN PAY: $66,680/YR
JOB OUTLOOK: Growing at 5% (average)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Evaluate job positions, determine classification, ensure company compliance with laws, provide advise on classification and salary complaints, research job and worker requirements and structural and functional relationships among jobs and occupations.  Look at occupational trends. (9)
 

INDUSTRIES THAT HIRE HR MAJORS:

  • Banks & Other Financial Institutions
  • Contract Information System Companies, Software Development Companies, etc.
  • Distribution Centers
  • Educational Institutions
  • Health Care Industry
  • Insurance Companies and Financial Planning Agencies
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Private, Public & Government Agencies
  • Real Estate Brokers or Agencies
  • Sales Organizations, Department Stores and Other Retailers
  • Service Firms and Hospitality Organizations
  • Trade/labor organizations

HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR HR MAJORS:
 

  • O-NET ONLINE (HUMAN RESOURCES)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Handbook & O-NET ONLINE
    • (1) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/human-resources-managers.htm
    • (2) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.htm
    • (3) https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/11-3111.00
    • (4) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/training-and-development-managers.htm
    • (5) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/training-and-development-specialists.htm
    • (6) https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-1041.03
    • (7) https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/administrative-services-managers.htm
    • (8) https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-3051.00
    • (9) https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-1141.00
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • BLR.com (www.hr.blr.com)
  • HR Morning (hrmorning.com)
  • TLNT (eremedia.com/tlnt)