Human Resources Manager

Choose your pathway: Human Resources Manager

Human resources is a vital aspect of successful businesses. With our Online MBA with a Leadership & Organizational Change concentration or General Management concentration, you can help create a stronger human resources department in your workplace.

What do human resources managers do?

What do human resources managers do?

HR leaders are in charge of an organization’s most precious resource: talent. These professionals must be able to identify and attract talent from various fields. They may also be responsible for payroll, training, and benefits programs depending on their human resources department.

The daily activities of human resources managers vary depending on the organization, but most typically are tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Coordinating an organization’s workforce to best use employees’ talents
  • Connecting an organization’s management with its employees
  • Managing employee benefit programs
  • Consulting with other managers on human resources issues, such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment
  • Supervising an organization’s recruitment, interview, selection, and hiring processes
  • Resolving staffing issues, such as mediating disputes and directing disciplinary procedures

What is the career outlook for human resources managers?

As organizations are formed and expand, human resources experts will be needed to oversee and administer company-wide programs. That’s why employment of human resources managers is projected to grow by 9% from 2014 to 2024 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016), faster than the average growth for all occupations. That’s approximately 133,000 new HR management jobs within that time frame.

What can you earn as a human resources manager?

Did you know that the median starting salary for MBA graduates in 2015 reached $100,000? That’s a $45,000 jump from bachelor’s-level business professionals (Graduate Management Admission Council, 2015). When you receive your MBA in Leadership & Organizational Change or General Management you can increase your earning potential even further. In 2015, the BLS reported the median annual wage for human resources managers as $104,440. The highest 10% earned more than $187,200.

According to the BLS, median salaries for human resources managers in the top industries in which they worked in 2015 were as follows:

Management of companies and enterprises $118,320
Government $94,280
Professional, scientific, and technical services $117,640
Health care and social assistance $89,090
Manufacturing $100,710

What courses can prepare you for human resources management?

BSCI 650
Personal and Leadership Development Workshop
BSCI 651
Behavior in Organizations
ISTM 654
Information and Process Systems
LEGL 653
Political, Regulatory, Ethical, and Legal Issues of Business
OTMT 617
Leadership Theory and Practice
OTMT 670
Advanced Principles of Organizations and Leadership
OTMT 672
Organizational Dynamics and Managing Change
OTMT 673
Creativity and Innovation for Leadership
STGY 659
Strategic Management

What can these courses teach you? Find out with an in-depth view of our curriculum now.

What are some related career paths?

If you’re interested in a career in business administration, but human resources management isn’t for you, you have options. Explore these related career paths to see which one works best for your goals.

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