Schools strive to meet demand for human resource professionals

More colleges and universities are offering human resources programs to prepare students for a career in the fast-growing industry.
More colleges and universities are offering human resources programs to prepare students for a career in the fast-growing industry.

The employment of human resources managers and specialists is expected to grow much faster than average rate for all other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between 2008 and 2018, the number of jobs in this field is expected to grow by approximately 22 percent.

This growth comes in part from revised standards in areas such as occupational safety and health, wages, healthcare, retirement plans and family leave, according to the bureau. This is expected to increase the demand for human resources, training and labor relations experts who can explain frequent changes. Similarly, because most healthcare companies offer many options, individuals in the field may be useful for creating compensation and benefit packages for employees.

In order to meet the increase in demand for human resources professionals, colleges and universities across the country are providing programs to better prepare students for these careers.

For example, Minnesota's Walden University recently announced that it will offer students an online master's degree program in human resources management and add a human resources management specialization to their existing doctoral management course.

According to PayScale, human resources managers earn between $44,931 and $73,445 annually, on average.

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