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Human Resource Management Concentration - Business Administration Major

We mean business at Grand View. Our Human Resource Management program will prepare you for a successful career in a wide variety of industries and professions...and our internship program is second to none! Being in the heart of Des Moines means access to valuable internships that will put you a step ahead in the job market.

The major in Business Administration: Human Resource Management Concentration is designed to develop skills in the management functions of strategic and human resource planning, compensation, recruitment, training and development, career planning, organizational effectiveness, employee relations, and collective bargaining.

As the business environment faced by companies, large and small, becomes increasingly competitive and complex, management philosophy has changed from one of asset management to one of human resource management. Still encompassing all of the traditional aspects of personnel and industrial relations, the role of the Human Resource (HR) Manager has vastly expanded. Human Resource Management now includes many integral organizational functions not previously considered within this scope of personnel or industrial relations. Among these are joining the strategic planning team in the formulation of strategic business decisions, and acting as both a catalyst and stabilizer to ensure the integrity and continuous development of the organization through its human resources.

Why Grand View?

  • Personal attention from faculty with real world business experience and expertise
  • Powerful internship program to gain real world experience
  • Rigorous academic preparation
  • Ability to customize your degree to fit your career goals
  • Available completely online!
Career Options

Many job opportunities exist for human resource management degree holders. Possible job titles include:

  • Training & Development Manager
  • Nonprofit HR Professional
  • HR IT Recruiting Specialist
  • Global HR Specialist
  • Exectuive Recruiter
  • Human Resources Clerk
  • HR Assistant
  • Payroll Specialist
  • HR Generalist
  • Labor Relations Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Compensation or Benefit Analyst/Manager
  • HR Information Systems Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Director of Human Resources
  • VP of Human Resources

What Can I Do With This Major?

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Student Testimonials

Dr. David Hannum

“Dr. Hannum reached out to me when I reached a low point in the semester, with life throwing many curve balls and the pressure got overwhelming and so intense, I was going to quit. Dr. Hannum emailed, texted and reached out to me to encourage me to take one bite at a time and that there are opportunities to finish strong. Even the strongest have weaknesses. I am so grateful for his encouraging words of wisdom and showing me that he really cared as a person. I will forever remember the impact he made on my education and my choices of hanging in there. Today, I know I am still a student through hard work, determination to not let go of a dream and encouragement from Dr. Hannum. He really has made a difference in my life. Thank you. The entire staff was willing to work with my situation. Grand View University really cares about their students.” - Regina King

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“Alec Zama has always pushed me to do my best. When needing help, he always goes out of his way to find the resources to help me. Every time I receive an accomplishment, he ensures to recognize it by sending a quick "congratulations" email. He is one of my go-to persons.” - Magda Almendarez

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Job Growth Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median national annual salary for a human resources manager is $106,910. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.

The BLS reports that the top 10 percent of those in human resources management earned $193,550, while HR specialists and recruiters earned a median salary of $59,180, and compensation and benefits managers earned a median salary of $116,240.

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Is there a demand for this career?

Demand for human resources professionals is, on average, higher than the national job growth average for all other professions. The BLS reports that HR jobs opportunities should be best in the management of companies and enterprises.

Take a look at the job growth projections predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics over the next decade:

  • Human Resources Managers — 9 percent, a little faster than average
  • Human Resources Specialists — 7 percent, as fast as average
  • Training and Development Managers — 10 percent, faster than average

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