Human Resource Management Degree Program

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At its core, human resources is a career focused on working with and helping people, and the Human Resource Management diploma and associate degree programs at Daymar College are the place to get started.

We combine experienced instructors with focused curriculum to prepare you for this exciting field.

What Is Human Resource Management?

Think of human resources as the connection point between an organization and the people who make up that organization.

Occasionally it is a single person, but generally it is a whole department or team of trained professionals who oversee everything from finding the right candidates for positions to overseeing compliance with labor laws to administering employee benefits and improvement programs.

Human resources is a vital component of any business or corporation and serves as an important connection point between employees, upper management, and the overall goals of the enterprise.

What Do Human Resource Managers Do?

Human resource managers — sometimes also called human resource specialists — tackle a variety of different tasks every day.

They are usually trained on all the different areas and responsibilities of their team, and they are often expected to perform duties across the board.

This may include screening and interviewing candidates for open job positions, holding recruitment events to find new talent, performing background checks and contacting references, maintaining employee records and paperwork, training and onboarding new hires about company processes and policies, administering benefits and payroll, answering any employee concern or questions, and ensuring the organization stays compliant with all applicable labor laws and regulations.

While a lot of human resource managers are generalists, there are some who specialize in recruitment or head hunting by posting listing, attending or presenting at job fairs, and visiting college campuses.

Human Resource Management Certification and Education

Generally, those who are interested in joining the field of human resources will first need to get training from an accredited school that offers specialized coursework in human resources.

Ideally, a program will emphasize things like communication, ethics, employee relations, cultural diversity, and critical thinking.

It should also — like the one we offer at Daymar College — include a professional internship as part of the curriculum so that students are assured of having ample opportunity to gain real-world, hands-on experience.

While there are not necessarily required certifications for human resource managers, there are some voluntary licenses, registrations, and continuing education coursework provided by organizations like the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute. This process usually requires meeting some minimum education and experience requirements and passing an exam.

Most importantly, though, human resource managers need to hone their ability to interact and communicate with a wide variety of people in a way that offers real attention and connection.

Human Resource Management Jobs (Career Outlook)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for human resource specialists is expected to grow 7 percent — much faster than average — through 2029, most likely driven by the increasingly complex web of employment laws and benefit options that businesses are faced with.

While some organizations are expected to outsource their human resource needs to specialized firms and employment services, there are likely to still be opportunities across the business spectrum — including scientific and technical services, government, healthcare, and manufacturing.

What Classes Are Required in a Human Resource Management Program?

Daymar College offers both a diploma and an associate degree program in Human Resource Management with the goal of preparing students to step into entry-level positions on HR teams.

In our diploma program, students begin with the foundational coursework that will help them support key tasks in human resource departments. This includes writing employee handbooks and legal policies and procedures and acquiring specialized knowledge of interviewing techniques and assessments.

Full-time students can complete the program in 15 months, and all credits earned are applicable to the Human Resource Management Associate of Applied Science degree program.

You’ll take courses like:

  • Strategies for Success
  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Communication
  • Personal Finance
  • Ethics and Supervision
  • Personal Interviewing
  • Union and Employment Relations
  • Managing Cultural Diversity
  • HR Policy and Procedure Writing
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Applications II
  • Public Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • General English
  • College Math
  • Professional Seminar and Internship or Capstone

With our associate degree program, students take their education to the next level by acquiring a deeper understanding of areas like payroll and compensation; ethical versus unethical behavior; and management skills like planning, organizing, staffing, and leadership. Students take all of the required courses from the diploma program, as well as the additional courses below, and those who attend full-time can complete the program in 18 months.

In addition to the diploma coursework, you’ll take:

  • Payroll Accounting
  • Compensation and Benefits Management
  • Administration of Human Resource Management
  • Employment Law
  • Composition I
  • Principles of Psychology
  • Professional Seminar and Internship

How Much Do Human Resource Managers Make?

The BLS reports that the median annual wage for human resource specialists was $61,920 in 2019, with the top 10 percent of workers earning more than $105,930. Those who worked in the area of professional, scientific, and technical services were paid highest, followed closely by human resource managers in government and manufacturing.

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Where Can I Get a Human Resource Management Degree?

Daymar College offers our Human Resource Management diploma and associate degree programs at the following location(s):

Daymar College offers flexible scheduling and a helpful career services department to help you get where you want to go. Plus, our financial services team can fill you in on the various financial aid sources that may be available to you. Contact us today to start earning your human resource management degree.

At Daymar College, we strive to help college students succeed with small class sizes and career services. Throughout your learning, you can grow personally and professionally in an atmosphere that fosters the connection between college students and school instructors.

Find out why Daymar College stands out among human resource management programs. Contact us today to learn more about this popular program.