Human Resource Development

If you’re a people person, this could be a great career field.

Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resource Development

The human resource field provides a growing range of opportunities for those who enjoy working with people. Depending on the size of your company, 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 resource specialists will be needed. Companies will soon be hiring more employment mediators, for example, to ensure better negotiations between labor and management. Opportunities are also predicted to grow for international human resource managers and human resource information systems specialists.

Opportunities will be best for those who have a college degree and have earned certification.

Can you combine good communications with creative solutions?

Successful human resource 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.

Successful professionals

  • 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?

Employers seek graduates of a human resource or labor relations-related bachelor degree program when filling entry-level human resource positions. Depending on the organization the position will serve, employers may prefer applicants with a particular type of experience background, 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 they typically include administrative duties such as data-entry, phone reception, and researching data; these duties will help the new HR professional learn about the organization and profession. Larger employers often have an on-the-job training program that progressively introduces the new hire to the different areas and tasks within the human resources department(s), allowing them to work with each for several months before placing them in a specific area the best suits their skills, interests, and the organization’s needs.

Below is a breakdown of the number of human resources professionals in each occupational specialty:

  • Training and development specialists – 205,020
  • Employment, recruitment and placement specialists – 198,190
  • Human resource managers – 62,990
  • Compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists – 111,890
  • Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists, all other – 219,240

 Where do they work?

Human resource professionals typically work in an office environment. Some may work from home occasionally, and others travel frequently (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.

Positions in human resources 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?

A formal college education is required for advancement in the field of human resource management. 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 enticing benefits packages that will help a company offset the rising cost of health care benefits for its employees with other perks.

Because this function is becoming increasingly important to businesses small and large, 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.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor–Bureau of Labor Statistics

What is the program title, length, and content?

As part of Herzing’s well-regarded business programs, the Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Concentration in Human Resource Development degree incorporates a focus on human resources as part of the core skill package critical to success. Students gain the capabilities needed to handle a wide range of responsibilities. Graduates are prepared for positions as office managers, human resource staff, and employee recruiters as well as payroll, healthcare and safety administrators. 

Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Concentration in Human Resource Development

The bachelor degree program is designed to prepare graduates for the many important roles played by human resources in today’s business environment. Students learn how to build and maintain employee productivity while gaining a solid skill base in business and financial management. Graduates are prepared for entry-level human resource management positions in the areas of employee staffing, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, training, and employee relations. Download Program Course Sheet

Master of Business Administration in Human Resources

Students enrolled in a Herzing University bachelor's degree program who are interested in pursuing a master's degree can save time and money with the Herzing University online MBA!

  • Dual Enrollment – This program allows current bachelor's degree students the opportunity to exchange up to four courses (12 credits) in their bachelor's degree program with MBA courses.
  • Herzing bachelor's degree students and alumni receive a 15% tuition scholarship on their master's degree courses while an undergraduate student!

Note: The MBA and Dual Enrollment are not offered at all locations; please check with your local campus for availability. 

Program Credits Months
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Business Management 62 20
Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a Concentration in Human Resource Development 123 36
*Average number of months for students to complete program

What locations offer this program?

Atlanta Campus
Birmingham Campus
Brookfield Campus
Kenosha Campus
Madison Campus
Minneapolis Campus
New Orleans Campus
Omaha Campus
Online Campus
Orlando Campus
Toledo Campus

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