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MS in Strategic Human Resource Management — Human Resources Management Careers

The field of human resources is evolving into a more strategic function that aligns with and supports organizational goals. Business leaders are starting to realize the importance of managing human capital across the entire organization, not just in terms of hiring and performance. Human capital management requires a multilayered approach to workforce planning that integrates recruitment, management, reporting and analytics, job design and team building, training, professional development, and strategic forecasting.

As a result, careers in human resources management and applications in other business areas are varied and wide-ranging. Below are a few career paths for MS in Strategic Human Resource Management graduates.

For Department Managers and Business Leaders

A robust human capital strategy starts with managers across organizations, even those who aren’t in formal or dedicated HR roles. A master’s in Strategic Human Resource Management gives you the skills to ensure that you are approaching your teams in a way that contributes to a coordinated organization-wide strategy. You will learn how to:

  • Analyze employees’ strengths and deploy them effectively
  • Forecast future workforce needs
  • Develop and communicate an employment plan for your department or area of expertise
  • Identify potential future leaders for the organization

The median annual wage for management occupations as of May 2015 was $98,560 — the highest wage of all the major occupational groups. A master’s degree in management can help show current and future employers that you have the skills to advance and thrive in roles where developing and cultivating talent is a concern.

For Human Resources Professionals

The MS in Strategic Human Resource Management program can provide HR professionals with the advanced strategic skills they need to implement high-level plans and serve as a credential that distinguishes them from other job seekers and candidates for advancement. The skills you will gain in this program can be applied to a number of positions, including:

  • Director of Professional Development
  • Human Capital Analyst
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Training Manager
  • HR Analytics Manager
  • Director of Business Development
  • VP of Human Capital

The median annual wage for human resources managers was $104,440 in May 2015. Salaries vary widely by roles as well as industry. Broken down by major industries that employ human resources managers, average salaries in May 2015 were as follows*:

Job Title Average Salary
Management of companies and enterprises $118,320
Professional, scientific and technical services $117,640
Manufacturing $100,710
Government $94,280
Healthcare and social assistance $89,090

Whether you are seeking to enhance your management skills, advance your human resources career or are joining the field, the MS in Strategic Human Resource Management paves the way for your success.

To learn about more career outcomes of the online Master of Science in Strategic Human Resource Management degree from Saint Joseph’s University, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an admissions representative, or you can request more information.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, (visited October 10, 2016)

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