Humans aren’t machines, and it takes a lot more than logging in a ton of hours of work to be an effective employee. Those who work in human resources (HR) know that people are complicated and know that a productive workplace is one where the employees are properly compensated, safe, and well-trained. Students who apply to be human resources majors will learn how to conduct an interview, study training methods, review resumes, and study labor laws.
With the word “human” in its title, it’s unsurprising that classes for the human resources major focus on psychology and communication. Classes can include: organizational behavior, training and development, employee and labor relations, speech communication, and global human resource management. Those within the major tend to work in teams to develop and practice training methods, intern for and shadow HR workers, and study things like motivation and rewards. Those interested in the field are typically people-persons, team players, are excellent communicators, and are good at reading various types of people.
In smaller companies, an HR worker might cover a wide range of employee oversights, but in larger companies the role of HR tends to be more focused and streamlined. Specialized careers can include: recruiter, employee benefits manager, mediator, international HR manager, training and development specialist, and occupational analyst. Employers and employees both depend on HR to ensure positive relationships, that labor laws are being followed and enforced, and that employees are being the best workers they can possibly be.
Human Resources fun fact: 93% of recruiters are likely to look at candidates’ social media activity.
Celebrities who studied Human Resources: Shaquille O’Neal, professional athlete.
The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General is $42,740