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Careers in Human Resources

Do you aspire to advance your career and become a leader in the human resources industry? Human Resource leaders have rewarding careers with the common goal of connecting management with its employees, coordinating an organization’s workforce, and mediating disputes to engage in conflict resolution. Those working in human resources may also administer compensation and benefits, advise managers on policies, handle staffing issues, and oversee recruitment and retention.

Someone working in a human resources leadership job may hold a position as a labor relations manager, employee relations manager, recruiting manager, compensation and benefits manager, or training and development manager. A career in human resources is very versatile – you may find yourself working in a wide range of industries including government, manufacturing, health care and social services, or even enterprise management.

Strong organizational and communication skills are very important to advance and grow your career in this rewarding line of work. The advanced curriculum at The University of Scranton will further prepare you for success in a leadership role within the human resources industry.

The HR Industry Will Grow Approximately 9% by 20241

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment in human resources will grow by approximately 9% between 2014 and 2024, about as fast as other occupations. Human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists are employed in virtually every industry, with the private sector accounting for roughly 88% of salaried jobs.1

HR Manager Projected Average Salary Is $106,9101

College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities. An advanced degree, such as the Masters in Human Resources Management offered by The University of Scranton, is becoming increasingly important for human resource positions. In fact, the Bureau highly recommends advanced degrees for those seeking general and top management positions.

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


Bureau of Labor Statistics. Human Resource Managers. Accessed July 10, 2017 from

The name change to Master of Science in Human Resources Management will take effect in Fall Semester of 2018 and apply to students beginning their program on or after the Fall 2018 term. Students who are admitted prior to that term will graduate with the original program name, Master of Science in Human Resources.

Discover how The University of Scranton online Master of Science in Human Resources Management can make a difference in your life. Request more information or speak with one of our Program Managers at 866-373-9547.