Professionals that work in the human resources department are responsible for the hiring, training and administration of personnel in an organization. You may work directly within an organization or you may work for a firm that outsources to multiples organizations.
Human resources involves understanding people, laws, regulations and communication. You’ll want to start with a bachelor’s degree in human resources, labor relations, communications, industrial psychology or organizational development depending on your interests. An undergraduate degree will take about four years to complete.
For future career advancement down the line, you may want to consider a master’s degree. This will take about two years after and undergraduate degree and will give you a more in-depth understanding of human resources.
There are many career paths within human resources. You may be a generalist, who can handle most tasks related to HR, or you may be a specialist who focuses on one specific area. These areas include, but are not limited to the following: Recruitment, compensation, benefits, employee relations, health and safety, record keeping or strategic planning.
Salary and Job Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), human resource managers earn an average salary of $99,720 per year, while human resource specialists earn an average salary of $55,640 per year. This field is expected to grow 13% over the next decade.