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HR Career Outlook

As organizations continue to grow in the global marketplace, the need to hire employees as well as develop short- and long-term staffing strategies becomes increasingly apparent. A MBA with a specialization in Human Resources can position you for various HR careers in a variety of fields and industries.

Your HR expertise could lead to a more advanced position and higher pay. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for HR managers in 2016 was $106,910 with higher-level HR careers usually requiring an advanced degree, such as an MBA with a specialization in human resources.1

A master's in business paired with a HR specialization can even lead to greater job stability and help accelerate your career. The unique combination of foundational business skills with a subject-matter expertise in human capital management can clearly differentiate your degree from other MBA programs and helps distinguish you from your peers in the job market.

Explore a Range of Career Options

Coursework in this HR concentration has multiple applications within the field — which itself offers opportunities in for-profit companies, enterprise-level organizations, corporate entities, non-profits, government and public service. Potential job titles that a MBA with a specialization in human resources may qualify you for include but are not limited to the following:

  • Compensation Specialist
  • Benefits Manager
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Director of Recruitment
  • Training Manager
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Talent Acquisitions Manager
  • Staffing Specialist

The Future of HR Careers

The need for qualified leaders well versed in business and people management is on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates hiring of HR managers to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024.1 Growth in HR manager employment is dependent on many factors, including economic performance and expansion, as well as new laws and regulations.

Graduates with an entrepreneurial spirit and those wishing to start or run their own business may be able to find lucrative work as a human resources consultant. The rise in outside HR consultancies is due to the fact that some business are outsourcing core functions typical of internal human resource departments. A credential such as the online MBA with a specialization in HR from The University of Scranton puts multiple HR careers within your reach.

Learn more about how you can advance your business career with the online MBA in Human Resources from The University of Scranton. Request more information or call us at 866-373-9547.

We also offer these career-related resources exclusively to our students:

The Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development helps students with career decisions that are consistent with their unique talents and aspirations. The center is in constant conversation with recruitment partners and focuses on two different areas for student success: preparation and opportunities.

The team of professional counselors work directly with students to provide individual and group counseling services (in person, Skype, or via phone). Students can receive assistance with resume writing, interviewing, and job search techniques. Students and alumni can access job postings by employers looking to hire Scranton alumni. Other resources include:

  • The Vault: A comprehensive online resource library for industry and employer research, rankings, internships, and job postings. Most popular - their guidebooks! Students can download the books free!
  • Big Interview: An online mock interview tool allows students to practice their interview skills at any time. Students have access to a database of questions with feedback provided by a contact in their network (alum, colleague or career counselor). This also helps students feel more comfortable in the virtual interview environment.
  • Handshake: This tool can help you make the most of your future career choices. Handshake allows students to interact with the over 5,000 employers connected with The University of Scranton. Handshake is your hub for finding jobs, internships, career-related events and content tailored to fit your needs and interests!

Students and alumni may contact the Center for Career Development directly at (570) 941-7640 or

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Human Resource Managers, accessed July 10, 2017;