What is Human Resources?
If you enjoy working with people and want to help them achieve their career goals, then the field of Human Resource Management (HRM) may be right for you. HRM involves all aspects of the employees of a company, from screening applicants and hiring new employees to managing training, employee benefits, maintaining personnel records, ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal labor and safety regulations, counseling and grievances, to lay-offs and retirement.
Is Human Resources right for me?
People considering a career in HRM need the following characteristics and skills:
- Strong computer skills, especially with spreadsheets and databases
- Analytical skills
- Communication and presentation skills
- Conflict resolution abilities
- Strong relational personality - human resources involves a lot of personal contact!
Where can I work with a concentration in Human Resource Management?
Careers in HRM allow for specialization in the areas of:
- Employee relations
- Occupational safety
- Diversity issues
- Employment and labor law
Job titles include:
- Compensation Specialist
- HR Generalist
- HR Consultant
- Labor Lawyer
- Industrial Psychologist