Careers in Human Resource Management

A degree or minor in Human Resource Management (HRM) will prepare you to be a strategic HR business partner. Facing stiffer competition in the global marketplace, the role of HRM has undergone a concomitant transformation. Much of the “administrivia” has either been engineered out of the job or has been automated. Some of the HR functions have been distributed to general line managers. As a consequence, there is a need for line managers to broaden their knowledge about how to add value to the organization through effective HR strategies. SMLR will prepare you for these and additional roles in the field of HR.

A degree or minor in HRM prepares you for a diverse array of career opportunities across industries and sectors. The degree provides students with unique skills and knowledge that are sought after by prospective employers. Below are some potential career paths to pursue with a degree or minor in HRM.

Career Paths within Human Resources

HR Generalist

HR generalists support an organization in a broad array of HR functions including, recruiting, staffing, onboarding, training and developing, diversity and inclusion, compensation and benefits, personnel policies and procedures, and legal issues in HR. Generalist roles can be found in small, midsized, and large companies across industries.

  • Entry-level generalist job titles include: HR Assistant, HR Coordinator
  • Mid-career (requiring at least 1-3 years’ experience)  generalist job titles include: HR Generalist, HR Manager
  • Advanced (requiring 5+ years’ experience) include: generalist job titles include: HR Business Partner, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
HR Specialist

HR specialists support large organizations in specialized HR functional areas. While HR Generalists tend to work on a broad spectrum of HR responsibilities, HR specialists utilize their knowledge and experience to focus their work on one particularly specialized area. Specialist roles are most often found in large organizations. Examples of specialist job titles include:

  • Talent Acquisition Specialist
  • Onboarding Specialist
  • Compensation Analyst
  • Employee/Labor Relations Specialist
  • Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Manager
  • Chief Diversity Officer

Common HR Job Titles & Potential Employers/Industries 

HRM Titles

Potential Employers Industries
HR Assistant Amazon Manufacturing/Logistics
HR Generalist Google Technology/IT
Global Benefits Manager Ingersoll Rand Manufacturing
Training Coordinator Dow Jones & Co. Online Media
Senior Recruiting Specialist Johnson & Johnson Healthcare
Analyst, Talent Assessment Goldman Sachs Investment Banking
HR Services Administrator Honeywell Internet & Software
Leadership Development Consultant IBM Electronic & Computer Hardware
Employer Branding and University Relations L'Oreal Cosmetics
Operations Manager Ralph Lauren Fashion
Technical Recruiter Robert Half Recruiting & Staffing Firm
Human Resources Business Partner The Port Authority of NY & NJ Transportation & Logistics
Global Diversity Inclusion Consultant Verizon Telecommunications