What to Do with a Concentration in HR Management
Finding, hiring, and retaining great employees is more critical than ever for today's companies. With low unemployment and employees are changing jobs more frequently than ever - every 4.4 years on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - companies struggle not only to attract top talent, but also to hang onto employees once they've invested in training them. These challenges have created a growing need for skilled human resources (HR) professionals - the people who recruit and evaluate employees, manage benefits and compensation programs, and oversee employment policies and practices. Unemployment among HR professionals is about half that of other occupations broadly, according to the BLS, which expects 7 percent growth in job opportunities between 2018 and 2028.
If this type of work interests you, you should know that graduating from Bay State's Management program with a Human Resources concentration can quality you for a wide range of positions, including:
- Human Resources Manager, the person in charge of finding new employees, bringing them into the company, and keeping them engaged, productive, and committed to staying. As an HR Manager, you will help to shape personnel policies and communicate them to your fellow employees, while also helping them understand pay, benefits, and other employee programs.
- Compensation or Benefit Manager, the person who works with a company to develop a rewards and benefits program. You'' use your research skills to look into industry standards to ensure that your company's pay and benefit practices are competitive enough to attract and keep top talent. You'll also help align performance reviews and incentive pay with your company's goals, and research and analyze benefit plan options, programs, and policies.
- Training and Development Manager, who helps employees excel in their roles. Your goal will be to get new employees familiar with company operations and bringing existing employees up to speed on new technologies or processes. You''ll help develop training materials, conduct employee training and development, and monitor program effectiveness, strengthening the company's talent base and positioning it for success.
- HR Information Systems Manager, who develops and manages a system that streamlines payroll and benefits management. You'll guide management so that the system is more likely to match your company's needs, as well as offer technical guidance on how to operate and maintain the system. Your work will allow the company to compile the critical data it needs for success.
- Employee Relations Manager, who focuses primarily on building strong, positive employee-employer relationships. You'll set policies and procedures that can help your company prevent issues like harassment, contract disputes, and other issues. You'll also be involved in negotiating new contracts and, if there's a union, act as a union representative and/or meet with union representatives on the company's behalf.
These are just a few of the many opportunities. Bay State's Management program features classes designed to give students tools and skills they can apply in the real-world working environment - and human resources coursework is no different, notes Oscar Gutierrez, Chair of the Management Department, and Dean of Faculty at Bay State College. "These are fields where you never stop learning," he says. "We just empower our students, so they feel confident walking into their first day on the job, whatever that may be."