Job Profile - Human Resources Managers

Education Requirements, Salaries and Job Outlook

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What Is a Human Resources Manager?

A human resources manager, or HR manager, is in charge of overseeing the human capital, or employees, of an organization. They often help to staff an organization by recruiting employees, conducting hiring interviews, and selecting new employees. Once staff is hired, the human resources manager may oversee employee training, employee benefits programs (such as insurance programs), and disciplinary proceedings.

 

Human Resources Management Job Titles

Some human resources managers are just called human resources managers, but others may have more specialized titles. Some of the most common job titles associated with the human resources management field include: 

  • Affirmative Action Specialist
  • Benefits Manager
  • Compensation Manager
  • Employee Relations representative
  • Employee Welfare Manager
  • Government Personnel Specialist
  • Job Analyst
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Personnel Manager
  • Training Manager

Required Education for Human Resources Managers

Most human resources managers have some sort of formal education. The minimum requirement is typically a bachelor's degree in business, management, human resources or a related field. However, it is not uncommon for human resources to have a more advanced degree, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a specialized master's degree, such as a Master in Human Resources Management.

While enrolled in a human resources degree program, students will usually take core business courses in management, accounting, and finance as well as more specialized courses that teach them about labor relations, workplace psychology, benefits management, business ethics, and business law. Student who want to work for a company with a global business presence should also take courses in international business.

 

In addition to classes, aspiring human resources managers should also seek out other opportunities while they are enrolled in a college, university or business school program. Networking is important in this field. Meeting people will make it easier to get a job after graduation and may even help you to fill positions once you do start working for a company. Participating in internships and experiential learning experiences can also give you valuable hands-on skills that will prepare you for your career and possibly give you an edge over other applicants when you enter the workforce after graduation. 

Salaries for Human Resources Managers

Human resources management is a lucrative career path for business majors. According to numbers published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources managers make a median annual salary of more than $100,000 per year. The highest paid HR managers earn almost $200,000 per year. 

Job Outlook for Human Resources Managers

Growth in the human resources field is expected to be better than average in the coming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Opportunities are expected to be best for individuals with a masters degree in human resources or a related area.