Human Resources Management Associate Degree

Find out what you'll study in an associate program in human resources management. Discover typical careers for graduates and the employment outlook in the field. Schools offering Human Resource Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Human Resources Management Associate Degree Profile

In this degree program, you will study the management of an organization's employees, including issues related to hiring new employees, assessing labor needs, compensating employees, training employees, dealing with problems, and maintaining a safe and productive work environment. Graduates should be eligible for entry-level positions in a human resources environment.

Program Topics Hiring new employees, assessing labor needs, compensating and training employees, maintaining a safe and productive work environment
Acquired SkillsImpose employee safety measures; develop and implement employee training programs, payroll, and benefits packages; understand labor laws and regulations
Common CoursesStrategic management, management methods, employee-employer relations, compensation and benefits
Career Options Recruitment specialist, training and development manager, employee benefits manager
Job Outlook9%* (for all human resource managers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Coursework & Covered Skills

Classes for this degree program include employee-employer relations, management methods, strategic management, compensation and benefits, workplace safety, and others. Upon completion of this degree program, you should be able to develop and implement employee training programs, develop and administer employee payroll and benefits packages, understand labor laws and regulations, enforce employee safety measures and maintain a safe work environment, and more.

Typical Careers

The following is a selection of typical careers for human resources management associate degree graduates. Also provided are median annual incomes for these careers, as reported by Payscale.com for January 2016:

  • Employee benefits manager: $62,936
  • Training and development manager: $72,665
  • Employment, recruitment and placement specialist: $41,399

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for all human resources managers, including those working in recruitment, employee relations and payroll management, will increase by 9% from 2014-2024, more quickly than the national average. This growth will likely be due to legislation that requires an increasing level of employee benefits and rights protection and supervision.

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