What can I do with a degree in human resources?

January 01, 2017 by Brandman Career Services

The Master of Science in Human Resources program is designed to provide you with the specialized skills and knowledge to maximize employee engagement and optimize organizational performance.

You will learn the fundamentals of HR  including strategic management, staffing, training and development, compensation, conflict and negotiation, employee benefits and legal issues.

The program focuses on theoretical and practical applications of human resources, and examines the role of the human resources practitioner as a change agent and strategic partner.

Possible Fields

  • Business 
  • Nonprofit Organizations 
  • Communication
  • Government Agencies  
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Hospitality
  • Social Services 
  • Consulting

Possible Occupations*

  • Benefits Administrator/Manager
  • Compensation Analyst/Manager
  • Employer Relations Administrator/Manager
  • Staffing Specialist
  • Learning and Development Specialist/Manager
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • Human Resources Director
  • Human Resources Generalist 
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Training and Development Manager/Director/Specialist
  • Compliance Manager
  • Labor Relations
  • College/University Liaison/Recruiter
  • Recruiter

*The above lists are possible fields and occupations representative, but not exclusive or limited to, employment options for a Human Resources major. Some positions listed require additional training, certification, licensure, and/or experience prior to job eligibility.

Skills Needed for Human Resources Majors

  • Problem Solving
  • Change Mastery
  • Written and Verbal 
  • Coaching
  • Software & Systems
  • Communication
  • Short/Long Term Planning
  • Critical Thinking   
  • Recognize/Develop Talent
  • Project Management

Professional Associations for Human Resources Majors

Professional associations provide a connection with other professionals in your field to learn, share, and discuss professional interests.  Associations also provide great opportunities to network and explore additional early care and education career information.

Society for Human Resources Management

National Human Resources Association

HR Certification Institute

American Society for Training & Development

Join LinkedIn Professional Association groups in your industry!

Additional Human Resources Information

Brandman University Programs: Master’s Degree, Human Resources

Visit the Career Exploration and Planning section of the Career Services website for additional career information, resources, and tools.

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