Human resource managers are responsible for a wide range of activities in businesses. They oversee everything from hiring and training to retention and employee benefits. They usually supervise a staff in larger companies. A bachelor’s degree in human resources or business administration usually is required for entry level managers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Various college courses will add to your knowledge in human resources and help you advance. For example, courses in industrial psychology, labor relations or organization development may be useful for an HR manager. An MBA or master’s degree in a related field, coupled with experience on the job, often are necessary to advance in larger companies.
Online Association Credits
Professional associations provide training opportunities for you to earn certifications that give you additional credentials that can help you advance your career. There are online classes to earn the professional in human resources certification or the senior professional in human resources designation from the Society for Human Resource Management, for example. The American Management Association offers online courses in areas such as fundamentals of human resource management.
Two-, three- or four-day seminars and full-day programs at association conventions are offered regularly by the professional groups that serve human resource managers. While some seminars lead to a certification, others are designed to provide you with updates on the industry and give you additional insights into the profession. For example, through the American Management Association, you can take anything from a certification seminar to be qualified to give the Meyers-Briggs test to a seminar about how to successfully manage a staff. The Society for Human Resource Management offers seminars with topics such as compensation essentials and developing effective coaching skills.
Large corporations, nonprofits, educational institutions and many other companies rely on computer software programs called human resource information systems, or HRIS, that you’ll need to master to manage the HR department. You may need to study and learn the system through an in-house tutorial provided by the software manufacturer or through an outside consulting firm that sets up the software. An HRIS is an integral part of many small and large companies’ human resource efforts because it allows you to seamlessly integrate accounting, payroll, benefit tracking and other HR tasks through one software platform.
- American Management Association: Human Resource Management Seminars
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Human Resource Managers
- Society for Human Resource Management: Certification
- American Management Association: Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
- San Diego State University: Human Resource Information Systems
- HR Payroll Systems: HRIS
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