Human Resource Management
Manage people in the global marketplace.
What is human resource management?
Human resource managers are the epitome of “people” people. Think of them as casting directors who help put the right people in the right job—and then develop the culture and compensation packages to keep them motivated.
But the focus of HR is bigger than acquiring and managing talent. While human resource managers do recruit, hire, train, and assess a company's talent—what many would call an organization’s “true assets”—their core role is to understand how to get people to be the best they can be and turn their performance into success for the organization. To that end, human resource managers play a strategic role, impacting decisions about organizational structure, change management, work design, and more.
When you enter the human resource management field, you may travel the traditional route of human resources and labor relations—such as compliance with employment and labor laws, management development, wage and salary administration, organizational planning, and contract negotiation—or you may choose to jump into the newer areas in the behavioral sciences, tracking their implications for human resource management programs.
What are your career possibilities?
Managing people by gut instinct alone won’t cut it in the twenty-first century. That’s where human resource management majors come in.
With an aging workforce, globalization, and evolving technology, more companies and nonprofits are turning to human resource managers, benefit administrators, compensation analysts, safety specialists, recruiters, and training specialists who can help them think strategically about their recruiting, hiring, training, and retention practices.
What is the job outlook for human resource management majors?
Forbes magazine listed human resource managers in the top three jobs to have in the United States. The trends in hiring back up their ranking. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs in human resource management are expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations. Job growth for human resource specialists is expected to grow faster than average, especially in the employment services industry.
Because human resources is about people in the workplace, the key to career success is gaining hands-on experience and exposure to corporate culture. Located in Indiana’s cultural and economic capital, Kelley Indianapolis gives you that access and advantage.
With year-round internships that span both generalized and specialized functions, our human resource majors have the opportunity to develop their teamwork and leadership skills, giving you an invaluable educational experience and career edge that can help you, too, find the right fit and become the best you can be.
How do you get there?
A thriving metropolis means you have ample opportunities to intern, volunteer, and help real companies tackle real human resource challenges, in and out of the classroom and before you graduate.
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Meet the Kelley human resource management faculty.
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