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    See Where a Degree in Human Resources Can Take You

    At The University of Scranton, human resources studies students, graduate with 200 hours of in-field experiences, giving them real-world advantages over other entry-level professionals.
    April 12, 2022
    By: Alison D’Mello ’22, student correspondent

    The median annual wage for human resources specialists and compensation/benefits specialists was $60,350 and $119,120, respectively, in May 2017. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth in this field to nearly double, from five to nine percent, between 2016 and 2026.

    Professionals working in human resources are responsible for a wide variety of jobs in corporate settings including recruitment, employee relations, payroll, benefits, training and administration of human resources policies. Examples of potential careers include compensation and benefits managers, human resources managers, and training and development managers.

    The University of Scranton’s bachelor of science program in human resources studies is an interdisciplinary major that incorporates courses from the social and behavioral sciences, business and liberal arts. With flexibility in the curriculum, students have the chance to pursue a minor in business administration, psychology or other related fields.

    Coursework is designed to actively engage students in applying theory to real-world scenarios and emphasize the development of decision-making, interpersonal, leadership, organizational and speaking skills. With small classes capped at around 25 to 30 students, Scranton human resources studies student get to know faculty and get individualized advice on their unique career aspirations from professionals who have worked in the field.

    As part of the Panuska College of Professional Studies, students are required to complete at least 80 hours of service learning aimed at developing student engagement with their community. Additionally, human resources studies students complete 120 hours of internship experience their senior year in order to get hands-on experience outside of the classroom and under the supervision of human resources professionals. Recent internship sites include Nestle USA, Allied Services, Scranton Times-Tribune and Hilton Hotels-NY.

    Outside of the classroom, students can get involved in the department by joining the student chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management, related clubs and honor societies.

    Scranton graduates can be found working in companies like Goldman Sachs, Lockheed Martin, L’Oréal NY and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

     

    Alison D’Mello ’22, East Brunswick, New Jersey, is a social media strategies major at The University of Scranton.
    Alison D’Mello ’22, East Brunswick, New Jersey, is a social media strategies major at The University of Scranton.
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