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What Type of Career Can I Have With a Bachelor's in Human Relations?

by Kristine Tucker, studioD

Graduates with a bachelor's degree in human relations are well-suited for jobs that require interaction with current and potential employees. Human relations workers solicit job applicants for open positions, interview potential candidates, instruct selected candidates on how the hiring process works, help with training and consult employees about work-related issues. Many work as job recruiters or personnel managers to ensure that the labor force meets the needs of a company or organization.

Community Activists

Graduates with degrees in human relations often have good people skills and effective presentation styles, so they choose career paths in public service. They use their educations, degrees and internship experiences to work in industries that require strong interpersonal skills, leadership strengths and powerful communication strategies. Some work for government agencies as spokespeople, some get into politics, others get jobs for major TV or radio networks, and others serve as newspaper or magazine editors, according to the University of Washington Department of Communication.

HR is Good for the Soul

Human relations majors often pursue careers as human resources specialists or human resources directors. You might not start out as a director, but you can always work your way up the ladder. Human resources staff and directors help companies and organizations with their staffing needs, such as advertising new or available positions, accepting and reviewing resumes and cover letters, screening out unqualified or overqualified applicants and conducting job interviews. They offer guidance to new employees about company policies, paperwork requirements, training opportunities and benefits packages. They keep consistent records on all employees and ensure that new-employee documents, W-2s, contact forms, emergency forms, written reprimands and performance reviews are kept in employee files.

Powerful Advocates

You might consider a career as a labor relations specialist. Some human relations graduates enjoy working with union leaders to evaluate contracts, negotiate salary and benefits and find equitable solutions that serve the needs of employers and employees. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, nonunion labor relations specialists often assist employees with work grievances, worker compensation issues and career development goals. Labor relations specialists are important links that serve to support employees while maintaining positive relationships with employers.

Sneaky Agents

Some human relations graduates work as job recruiters or headhunters to help businesses find workers who are trained, experienced and an overall good fit for their organizations. Job recruiters often contact qualified candidates by phone or email to see if they are interested in interviewing for open positions or new work opportunities. Job recruiters and headhunters have to use caution when approaching workers who have already been hired by other firms, but new graduates and unemployed workers are convenient, easy contacts.

About the Author

As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded!) over the years. Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR. Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.

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