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Job Options with a Master's Degree in Human Resources

Human resources professionals are vital to any company. From hiring managers to benefits directors to vice presidents, it takes a smart team of HR experts to help an organization run effectively. If you want to move up the chain in HR, an online Master of Science in Human Resource Education with a concentration in Human Resource and Leadership Development could boost your chances of getting a better position.

Your online degree

An online master's degree in human resources can prepare you to effectively manage projects, organizational change, human resource planning, compensation, international human resources and training programs. Your coursework includes studies of organizational development, adult education and organizational psychology and work behavior. You can also develop the interpersonal skills needed to work with employees at all levels of an organization.

Potential jobs with a master's degree in HR

With an online master's degree in human resources, you may qualify for several human resource management jobs. They include:

  • Human Resources Manager — As an HR manager, you might oversee recruitment, interview, selection and hiring processes; conduct new employee orientation; mediate disputes; direct disciplinary procedures; and work with the compensation and benefits manager to coordinate employee benefits programs.
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager — In this role, you would manage the organization's pay structure and benefits, which may include retirement plans, insurance, stock options, leave policies and wellness programs. You would also make sure the company's pay and benefits plans are current and competitive and that they comply with federal and state regulations. And, you might be responsible for choosing and managing external benefits vendors and investment brokers.
  • Labor Relations Manager — As a labor relations manager, you would act as a liaison between employee and employer to help keep a good working relationship between the two. You might also arbitrate and help solve disputes as well as interpret employer-worker contracts.
  • Director of Human Resources — One of the highest leadership positions in HR, the director oversees the entire department and its employees, and typically reports to a top-level executive, such as a vice president.

Position yourself for a top HR position. Earn an online master's degree in human resources in as little as 12 months. Classes are completely virtual, so you can study anytime, anywhere and be on your way to the high-level HR career you desire.

Learn about the LSU master’s in human resource education online program.


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