What can I do with an HR Management Degree?

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Daymar College

Wondering what you can do with an HR Management degree? As an HR manager, you help shape the career of employees that work in your organization. You help hire candidates and create a career path for them to succeed.

There are many topics you study during an HR Management degree program including accounting and payroll, business communications, Microsoft Office, interviewing, employment law and career development. There are also many different roles to choose from whether you work at a small company, manage all of the human resources or work in a larger organization and take on one aspect of the human resources department.

What does an HR professional learn during an HR Management degree program?

The HR professional has many different responsibilities while working in the human resources department. They include:

Accounting and Payroll – recording of employee compensation including salaries, bonuses, commissions and benefit packages. The HR professional sets up new employees with W-4 forms and medical insurance benefit forms, collects and verifies timecard information, calculates taxes and prints paychecks.

Business Communications – the HR professional shares information between people within an organization to explain benefits, perform orientation for new employees, mediate disputes and disseminate policies and regulations so the organization abides by federal, state and local laws.

Microsoft Windows and Office – an HR professional will use word-processing software (Microsoft Word) to create documents, correspondence and other HR materials. They will also use spreadsheets (Excel) to manage HR budgets and spending. The HR professional uses presentation software (PowerPoint) to present to management or for employee training.

Interviewing – a large portion of the responsibility of an HR professional is hiring new employees. The HR professional needs an education that includes analyzing resumes, performing interviews and evaluating candidates. Picking the right candidates can ensure a successful company and hospitable culture.

Employment Law – governs the rights and duties between employers and workers. Employment law is designed to keep workers safe and treated fairly. Some of the laws and regulations ensure minimum wages and OSHA regulations. Other laws manage sexual harassment, child labor, employee benefits and sick leave.

Career Development – the lifelong process of managing employee development and career path to obtain a desired goal. A career development plan includes short and long-term goals that employees identify to plan for the future. An HR professional is an integral part of the employees’ career development, form hiring to promoting employees within an organization.

The Jobs Available after Graduating from an HR Management Degree Program

Once you have completed your HR Management degree, you will be prepared to work at a small company and be responsible for most human resource functions or take a position at a larger organization and specialize in one aspect of human resources. Some of the jobs available for graduates of HR Management degree programs include:

Human Resources Clerk/HR Assistant – the HR clerk may help with daily administrative operations and interact with employees. The HR clerk is responsible for maintaining employee records, presenting benefit packages, interviewing new employees, checking references, performing background checks and providing employee training on company policy.

Recruiter – it is their job to hire for an organization. The recruiter may attend conferences, job fairs and actively recruit good talent to work at their organization. There are in-house recruiters that work for one specific organization and external recruiters that work for staffing firms or agencies to find multiple employers candidates.

Training and Development Coordinator/Manager – plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, training and development managers typically do the following:

  • Assess employees’ needs for training
  • Align training with the organization’s strategic goals
  • Monitor spending and ensuring that operations are within budget
  • Develop and implement training programs that make the best use of available company resources
  • Oversee the creation of educational materials including online learning modules
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of training programs

Payroll Specialist/Manager – compile and record time and payroll data. The payroll specialist may compute employee’s time, progress and commission. They may also compute and post wages and prepare paychecks. The payroll manager ensures that all aspects of payroll are processed correctly and on time. They may also prepare reports for the accounting department, and resolve any payroll problems or discrepancies. 

HR Specialist – recruit, screen, interview and place workers. They may also handle other human resources tasks including employee relations, compensation, benefits and training. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources specialists typically do the following:

  • Consult with company employers to identify employment needs
  • Interview job applicants about their experience, education, and skills
  • Contact references and perform background checks on job applicants
  • Inform potential candidates about job details, such as duties, benefits, and working conditions
  • Hire or refer qualified candidates for hiring managers to interview
  • Conduct new employee orientation
  • Keep employment records and process paperwork
  • Administer and process benefits
  • Process payroll in a timely manner
  • Ensure that all human resources functions comply with federal, state and local laws.

HR Manager - plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. The HR Manager oversees the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff. They consult with top executives on strategic planning and serve as a link between an organization’s management and the employees. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, human resources managers typically do the following:

  • Plan and coordinate an organization’s workforce
  • Plan and oversee employee benefit programs
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of human resources specialists and support staff
  • Oversee an organization’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes
  • Handle staffing issues, including mediating disputes and directing disciplinary procedures

Employee Relations Manager – responsible for the oversight and management of employee relations issues, internal investigations, and problem resolution. They may also manage internal complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other employment issues. The employee relations managers typically do the following:

  • Counsel and advise managers in interpreting and applying policies and procedures to resolve issues related to recruitment, compensation, disciplinary action and conflict resolution
  • Consult on new and existing policies
  • Create benefits packages including vacation time, sick leave, maternity leave, health insurance, and 401K.
  • Negotiate new contracts with new employees and current employees with expiring contracts
  • Comply with all federal, state, and local laws.

Compensation Analyst – focuses on employee compensation and benefits packages. They use metrics and models to understand current salary trends. Compensation analyst work along-side HR professionals to help develop compensation plans. They are responsible for compensation analysis, job market analysis and compensation management.

Ready for a career in a rewarding job, helping others? With the Daymar College’s Human Resource Management degree program you will be prepared to work as a human resources professional with skills including accounting and payroll, business communication, Microsoft office, interviewing, employment law, career development and more.

At Daymar College, we strive to help college students succeed with small class sizes and career services. Throughout your learning, you can grow personally and professionally in an atmosphere that fosters the connection between college students and school instructors.