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Human Resource Management

Associate Degree, Certificate
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Turn your talents for communication and leadership into a lifelong career.

Begin an exciting journey into the dynamic and ever-evolving field of Human Resource Management—a career where every interaction shapes the future of organizations and fosters the growth of individuals. With our program, you'll explore the core principles of HR, mastering the art of talent acquisition, employee relations, and organizational development. From crafting effective training programs to ensuring regulatory compliance, you'll gain hands-on experience in every facet of HR management. Empowered with strategic communication skills, you'll emerge as a trusted advisor and change agent, ready to make a meaningful impact in the corporate world.

Job Outlook

  • Market Snapshot:


    Human Resource jobs available in the U.S. as of January 2024.

    (Zip Recruiter)
  • 51.4K

    Job openings for human resource specialists are projected in the US each year from 2022 to 2032.


    • $64K

      Median annual salary for Human Resource Specialist positions as of May 2022.

    • $80K

      Average base salary for an Employee Relations Manager in the U.S. as of January 2024.

    Program Overview

    The Human Resource Management program is one of the foundational certificates for the Business Management bachelor’s and associate of applied science degrees.

    This certificate will prepare you from day one to employ a deep understanding of people, policies, legal requirements, and career development in your job. Upon completion of the certificate, you'll be prepared to be certified as an associate professional in human resources (aPHR).

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    Human Resource Management is available as a stand-alone certificate, or you can add general education courses to receive a fully transferrable associate of science (AS) degree. Learn more about how the AS degree works.

    Human Resource Specialist

    As a human resource specialist, you'll be the front line of workforce recruitment and management. You'll collaborate with employers to identify hiring needs, conduct interviews, and onboard new employees. From screening applicants to coordinating orientation programs, you'll ensure a seamless transition into the workforce. With expertise in recruitment, compensation, and benefits administration, you'll also serve as a trusted advisor on organizational policies and procedures. Whether handling administrative tasks or strategic planning, you'll uphold regulatory compliance and foster positive employee relations, shaping the foundation for organizational success. Average salary in the US as of May 2022: $64,240. ( BLS )

    Training and Development Specialist

    As a training and development specialist, you'll be the architect of organizational growth, designing and implementing programs to enhance employee skills and knowledge. Through careful assessment of training needs, you'll create tailored programs utilizing diverse instructional techniques, from online modules to interactive workshops. You'll also oversee the delivery of training sessions, facilitate collaborative learning environments, and evaluate program effectiveness. From crafting training manuals to coordinating enrollment logistics, you'll ensure seamless execution while empowering employees to reach their full potential. With a blend of creativity and expertise, you'll drive continuous learning and development within organizations. Average salary in the US as of May 2022: $63,080. ( BLS )

    Upon completion of this certificate, you'll be able to:

    • Create policies to ensure compliance with relevant employment laws
    • Develop strategic workforce planning, recruiting, and retention initiatives
    • Design and evaluate compensation and benefit structures
    • Plan effective training, development, and performance management programs
    • Prepare to take the aPHR certification exam offered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

    You’ll also leave here with the skills to communicate effectively, articulate your career preparation confidently, and collaborate with others meaningfully. And in all things, we’ll help you work toward becoming a capable and trusted disciple of Jesus Christ. So whatever you do, you’ll be prepared to be the best you possible.

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