Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management
Do you enjoy working with people, solving problems, and being a valued resource for people? Earning your human resources management degree at Herzing University can help you start or advance in your HR career.
Our new curriculum of human resources courses focuses on practical application to hone your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, better preparing you for career advancement. You’ll learn critical business skills, such as project management, but you’ll also gain key soft skills, such as professionalism and teamwork, which are essential to successful leadership management.
As an HR professional, you’ll have the greatest opportunities if you hold a college degree, have earned special certifications, and have taken a wide variety of human resource courses. Herzing’s human resources management degree program prepares students for these opportunities through convenient online and on-campus formats.
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HR: Combining communications with creative solutions
Successful human resources managers have a gift for establishing positive lines of communication and building trust between people. They are able to generate creative win-win solutions as well as stay calm while mediating angry disputes.
- Are compassionate and supportive
- Like clear guidelines and can follow rules and procedures
- Value common sense
- Work well in a team
- Trust facts
- Have good people skills
- Work well under pressure
What are the career opportunities in this field?
Depending on where you want to go with your HR degree, you could be in charge of hiring employees, managing healthcare plans, handling payroll, and/or making sure your company follows all worker health and safety regulations. In addition, new kinds of human resources specialists will be needed, such as employment mediators. Employment mediators help ensure better negotiations between labor and management. Other growing HR opportunities include international human resources managers and human resources information systems specialists.
Employers seek graduates of human resources associate or bachelor’s degree programs when filling entry-level HR positions. Employers may prefer applicants with experience in a particular field, such as manufacturing, technology, or legal, to match with the company’s industry. This experience translates into a better understanding of the concerns of the employee groups who work at the organization.
Typical duties for entry-level personnel will vary depending on the specialty area, but generally include administrative duties, such as data entry, phone reception, and research. These duties help new HR professionals learn about the organization and profession.
Larger employers often have on-the-job training programs that progressively introduce new hires to the different areas and tasks within the human resources departments. This gives new HR professionals the chance to get to know different departments and processes before they’re placed in a specific area the best suits their skills, interests, and the organization’s needs.
Where do they work?
Human resources professionals typically work in an office environment. Some may work from home occasionally, and others frequently travel (especially those performing recruiting or training roles). Work weeks are typically 40 hours, however those involved in contract disputes or mediation may work additional hours when contracts are being prepared and negotiated.
HR professionals often receive compensation and benefits packages that include health care, retirement savings plan(s) and paid vacation/sick time.
How do I advance in this career?
To advance in the field of human resources management, you’ll need a formal college education, either an associate or bachelor’s degree in human resources. Certain specialties or employers may require a master’s degree with a concentration in human resources. Certification is also highly desirable by employers, and most upper-level human resource professionals have at least one certification.
What is the job outlook for this career?
As the number of businesses increases, employment in human resources-related careers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Many of these new positions will be created by employers as a measure to ensure all occupational safety, equal opportunity, family leave, and other regulations/guidelines are met. Other human resources professionals will be employed to create attractive benefits packages to help companies offset the rising cost of health care benefits for its employees with other perks.
The number of human resources consulting agencies is also increasing. These agencies can offer lucrative careers for professionals with specialty areas such as employee compensation and training. Those with college degrees and certification will have the greatest job prospects.