Human Resources

American entrepreneur E. James Rohn once said that “the worst days of those who enjoy what they do, are better than the best days of those who don’t.”

Finding the job that is right for an individual can be challenging. For some people, they know what they want to do and secure the education and skills required to make it happen. For others, it’s a bit more challenging.

Hiring the wrong person for a job can have a negative impact on a company’s bottom line. That is why most businesses and industry rely on the expertise of a human resources manager to help fill jobs with the ideal candidates.

It is the core responsibility of a human resources manager to recruit and place employees within a company. The ability to evaluate the personality and skill set of a potential employee is a necessary quality in order to complete this task.

In addition, human resources managers also may be asked to consult with employers during the hiring process, conduct orientation programs for employees, check the references and other items listed on a candidate’s resume and conduct background checks on potential employees.

Education Requirements

There are a variety of education degrees available for human resources. The level of degree earned is dependent on the position within the industry candidates plan to hold.

An associate degree in human resources takes two years to complete and can be obtained through a number of community colleges and trade/technical schools. Coursework includes an introduction to business principles, business English and math, principles of management, human resources management and business communications.

A bachelor’s degree in human resources will take four years to complete and includes coursework concentrated on business law, strategic staffing, labor relations and negotiations, training and development of employees, employee compensation and benefits and human resource information systems.

Master degree programs will focus on the employee management aspect of the job. Coursework is designed to provide enhanced techniques for dealing with employees in any work environment.

While doctorate degree programs are available, this advanced-level degree is not required in order to work in the industry. Candidates who wish to teach human resources at a collegiate level are among those who would need a doctorate degree in order to pursue their career choice.

Future Outlook

Demand for trained human resources managers is expected to grow by 21 percent over the next decade, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The growth rate is nearly double that of other business and industry for the same time period.

The average annual salary of human resources managers is $52,690.

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