What Can I do With a Degree in Human Resources? By Barbara Mitchell The human resources industry is growing fast and is filled with opportunities. According to Business & Legal Resources (BLR), it’s projected that the HR industry will grow 11 percent through 2020. Successful HR managers possess a high level of integrity, confidentiality and excellent interpersonal skills, as well as an understanding of business management, finance and marketing. Columbia Southern University’s online Human Resources Management degree programs offer courses in collective bargaining, compensation and benefits, employment law, international human resource management and staffing organizations. These classes coupled with the required business courses will ensure you are prepared to succeed in HR, no matter the career you choose. Human Resource Career Options Successful HR managers possess a high level of integrity, confidentiality and excellent interpersonal skills, as well as an understanding of business management, finance and marketing. Compliance Manager: Keeping an organization in compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations is a valuable HR focus. Compliance managers are familiar with policies surrounding Americans with Disabilities, Fair Labor Standards, Family and Medical Leave and other legislation and regulations. Employee Relations Specialist: If you enjoy problem solving, consider employee relations. Employee relations specialists work to resolve conflict in the workplace and help to create a peaceful work environment. Human Resource Manager: Before securing and HR manager position, most entry-level graduates begin working in a related area and advance their way to becoming an HR manager. If you’re detail-oriented,working in compensation or employee benefits is an excellent avenue for entering into the profession. Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS): HRIS is a relatively new area of HR that combines people management and data skills. Organizations use data to make decisions in many areas including compensation analysis, organizational design, workforce planning and more. Safety Manager: Keeping employees safe at work is critical to organizational success and is becoming increasingly important, especially in small and mid-sized organizations. Talent Acquisition: Many recent graduates enter the HR industry in talent acquisition. Talent acquisition is an excellent way to learn about an organization and includes many areas of expertise including onboarding, recruiting, retention and workforce planning. Talent Manager: Talent Managers work to find development opportunities that include classroom learning, mentoring programs, online courses, podcasts, webinars and more. They also collaborate with the organization’s leadership feedback processes and manage performance to drive organizational success. There are many more opportunities in HR. If you’re looking to make a difference in the lives of employees, HR is the industry for you. Bio: Barbara Mitchell is an author and HR consultant in the Washington, D.C., area. She is the author of The Essential HR Handbook, The Big Book of HR and The Essential Workplace Conflict Handbook. She also works with organizations to help them hire, engage, develop and retain the best talent available.