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Human Resources Degrees for Military & Veterans

Pursuing a Degree in Human Resources

Earning a degree in Human Resources (HR) is a fantastic option for students that have great communication skills and desire a well-paying career. Human Resource professionals tend to be well-educated in their field and quickly gain experience in their chosen industry to further help curate their HR skills and experience.

The Human Resources Department of a company oversees every aspect relating to employees including recruiting, hiring, training, and retention. Human Resource professionals are highly sought after employees that help ensure that the lifeblood of a company (the employees) remains strong and happy.

One of the best parts about earning a degree in Human Resources is that potential employees have a wide variety of industries to choose from! As long as there are companies and corporations, there will be a need for Human Resources personnel. From art museums to zoos and everything in between, a career in Human Resources offers students the flexibility to work in an industry they enjoy and stability knowing they will have opportunities anywhere in the world!

Earning a degree in Human Resources can be found as Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs. Associate Degree and Certificate programs are also available and are a wonderful educational asset to attain.

A starting salary in Human Resources employee averages around $54,000 annually. Loaded with experience and a master’s degree, one can take on the role of an HR Manager and earn approximately $121,000 annually.

Certificate Programs and Associate Degrees in Human Resources

Associate Degree and Certificate programs are a wonderful educational asset to attain, allowing students to jumpstart their Human Resource careers in less time than in takes to earn a traditional 4-year degree. A Certificate and/or Associate Degree is excellent preparation for a wide variety of entry level jobs. While these shorter programs are specifically focused on Human Resources, they also prepare students for further educational success should they choose to continue with baccalaureate studies.

Jobs with a Certificate or an Associate Degree in Human Resources:

Customer Service Representative– Interact with customers to handle complaints, process orders, and answer questions. Median Annual Salary: $36,000.

Public Relations Specialist- Create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. Median Annual Salary: $63,000.

Ready to start your Certificate or Associate Degree in Human Resources? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:  

Lakeland Community CollegeOffers a Certificate in Human Resources Management. Lakeland Community College is a GI Bill approved school, is approved for Tuition Assistance, and accepts both the DSST and CLEP exams for credit. Lakeland Community College also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Scottsdale Community College- Offers a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Human Resources Management. Scottsdale Community College has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams. Scottsdale Community College is approved for Tuition Assistance and is also a MyCAA approved school.

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources

Students who have a knack for interdisciplinary education and interpersonal communication will thrive in a Human Resources Bachelor’s Degree program.

A recent graduate with a human resources bachelor’s degree can anticipate being hired for a wide variety of positions including:

  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Compensation or Benefit Analyst
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Training and Development Team
  • Labor Relations

Upon graduation, students can choose to enter the workforce and/or pursue further education by earning a graduate degree.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources:

Training Specialist- Plan and administer programs that improve the skills and knowledge of their employees. Median Annual Salary: $63,000.

Human Resources Specialist- Recruit, screen, and interview job applicants and place newly hired workers in jobs. Median Annual Salary: $64,000.

Job Analysis Specialist- Oversee wage and nonwage programs that an organization provides to its employees in return for their work. Median Annual Salary: $67,000.

Ready to start your Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:  

Concordia University of Wisconsin– Offers a campus-based Bachelor of Science in Human Resource and Strategic Management. Concordia University of Wisconsin also offers a variety of fully online degrees and certificates in Human Resource Management including an Associate of Arts and a Master’s of Business Administration. Concordia U-WI has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Concordia U-WI is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

University of the Incarnate Word– Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources. UIW has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance . UIW is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

ONLINE DEGREE

Colorado State University Global– Offers a fully online Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management. CSU Global also offers a fully online Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resource Management. CSU-Global has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. CSU-Global is also a MyCAA approved school.

Master’s Degree in Human Resources

Students will become experts in all aspects of Human Resources including

  • facilitating interaction among staff and managers
  • listening to understand
  • organizing meetings
  • interviewing and hiring skills
  • employee compliance
  • understanding and navigating specific company cultures
  • employee relations
  • employee and employer communication
  • management skills
  • leadership principles
  • employee administration
  • organizational development

Students will also cultivate their speaking, writing, and research skills. A Master’s is a popular choice for those choosing career paths such as research, writing, or teaching.

Jobs with a Master’s Degree in Human Resources:

Public Relations Manager- Direct the creation of materials that will enhance the public image of their employer or client. Median Annual Salary: $118,000.

Human Resources Manager- Plan, coordinate, and direct the administrative functions of an organization. Median Annual Salary: $121,000.

Benefits Manager- Plan, develop, and oversee programs to pay employees. Median Annual Salary: $125,000.

Ready to start your Master’s Degree in Human Resources? Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:  

Framingham State University– Offers a Master’s Degree in Human Resources. FSU also offers a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources. Framingham State University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance . Framingham State University is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

ONLINE DEGREE

Colorado State University Global Offers a fully online Master’s of Science Degree in Human Resource Management. CSU Global also offers a fully online Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management. CSU-Global has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. CSU-Global is also a MyCAA approved school.

Concordia University of Ann Arbor– Offers a variety of fully online degrees and certificates in Human Resource Management including a Master’s of Business Administration in Human Resource Management. Concordia also offers a campus-based Bachelor of Science in Human Resource and Strategic Management. Concordia U-Ann Arbor has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP and DSST exams, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Concordia U-Ann Arbor also proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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Born in SoCal yet raised Tampa, Florida - Leah earned her undergraduate BA in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Leah earned her MA in the MALAS at San Diego State University, while also completing a graduate teaching certificate in English for Secondary Education. An avid traveler, she has visited more than 60 countries. With the birth of her son Spencer in 2012, Leah embarked on her biggest adventure (yet) as parent and Coast Guard wife.