Business Majors: Human Resources

Human Resources Information for Business Majors

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What Is Human Resources?

Human resources is the term given to the management of human capital (resources).Some of the duties human resources professionals perform include hiring, firing, interviewing, recruiting, benefit management, and various clerical functions. Many small businesses have someone who handles aspects of human resources, and many larger companies have an entire human resources department with multiple personnel who handle day-to-day operations involving human capital.

 Human resources has become an essential field in the business world as more and more companies realize the impact a human resources department can have on the bottom line.

Coursework in Human Resources Programs

Business majors who specialize in human resources usually focus one of two academic paths: generalization or specialization. Generalists will take general human resources coursework, and specialists will focus more on a specific area such as employee benefits management or arbitration.

Students who are enrolled in almost any human resources program can expect to take courses like strategic planning and employee health and safety. Coursework will help business majors develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Education Requirements for Human Resources Professionals

Educational requirements for aspiring human resources professionals vary depending upon the desired career path.

Business majors who want to be able to obtain entry-level employment will need at least an associate's degree. Those wishing to become certified will generally need a bachelor's degree or a certificate. Would be managers should seek at a master's degree or an MBA degree.

To get an idea of what you can expect from each type of human resources program, click on the links below:

  • Certificate Programs - Certificate programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Associate Degree Programs - An associate degree program is a two-year program for students with a high school diploma or GED.
  • Bachelor Degree Programs - A bachelor's degree program is for undergraduate students who have a high school diploma or GED. Students with an associate degree can also enroll in bachelor's programs.
  • Master Degree Programs - A master's degree program is a graduate-level program for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree. 
  • MBA Programs - AN MBA program is similar to a master's degree program; it also takes two years to complete and is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree.

Human Resources Programs for Business Majors

Business majors should have no problems finding a human resources program at their current school or another nearby school. Human resources is a very common specialization in the business world. Programs range from certificate programs to doctorate programs.

Careers in Human Resources

After completing a quality human resources program, business majors should be able to find work in virtually any industry. Some positions will be easy to obtain immediately upon graduation, while others will require some work experience in the field.

Human Resource Management Certifications

  • Human Resource Professional
  • Senior Human Resource Professional
  • International Human Resource Professional

Additional Career Information

To learn more about the career and salary potential for business majors with a human resources degree, see this job profile for human resources managers.

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