Labor Studies & Employment Relations

Careers in LSER

 Career Options with a Bachelor of Labor and Employment Relations degree

A degree or minor in Labor and Employment Relations can be your springboard to a wide range of career paths and opportunities. Each degree or concentration provides students with a unique set of skills and perspectives that are sought after in a variety of fields. Your personal career goals can help you choose which path to take. 

A Labor and Employment Relations Bachelor’s degree or minor opens up a variety of career paths, enabling you to:

  • manage people well whether you work for a corporation, government, or a community organization;
  • apply knowledge of current issues like work-life balance or employee rights to your workplace;
  • specialize in diversity, dealing with unionized employees, or other parts of employment relations;
  • represent employees as a union leader or staff member;
  • pursue an MBA after graduation—or a law degree, or a professional master’s degree in human resources or labor relations.

Specific concentrations or minors each open up different career opportunities as well. The following  lists illustrate examples of positions that are associated with different concentrations or minors. The Labor and Employment Relations Concentrations/Minors page can give you more detailed information on career paths associated with individual concentrations or minors.

  • Careers Related to the Diversity in the Workplace Concentration/Minor

    •Union organizer or staff representative
    •Labor relations specialist
    •Labor relations agency staff 

  • Careers Related to the Labor Unions and Social Movements Concentration/Minor

    •Diversity specialist
    •Public policy advocate
    •Public agency staff

  • Careers Related to the Workplace Concentration/Minor

    •Mediator or arbitrator
    •Professional staff representative in a union
    •Public policy advocate

  • Careers Related to the Work, Globalization, and Migration Concentration/Minor

    •Immigration attorney or advocate
    •Labor standards certification specialist
    •International labor organization, NGO, or government agency staff
    •Globally-placed manager in an international corporation

  • Careers Related to the Work Organization and Management Concentration/Minor

    •Human resource specialist
    •Community, nonprofit, or union leader/manager

As part of your undergraduate career research, we also encourage you to take the Senior Seminar. It is great way to explore opportunities in the career or careers that you are considering—and the further education that might help you in your quest.