Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Overview

Human Resource Management Curriculum

What is Human Resource Management?
Human Resource Management helps an organization make the best use of its most valuable asset: its people. The Human Resources function helps an organization select the best employees, develop them to meet their full potential, and reward them in ways that foster individual and organizational success.

What can I do with a Human Resource Management degree?
Human Resource Management graduates are hired in a wide variety of organizations including financial institutions, health care providers, manufacturing companies, and consulting firms. Entry-level jobs include recruiters, compensation analysts, and human resource assistants.

Human Resource Management at Tennessee Tech
The Human Resource Management curriculum offers specialized instruction in compensation, staffing, training, and legal issues. Tennessee Tech’s College of Business holds the highest national accreditation from AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This distinction is held by less than five percent of business schools in the world.

Career Opportunities

  • Employment opportunities for human resource management include:
  • Employment and placement managers
  • Recruitment specialists
  • Employment interviewers
  • Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialist
  • Occupational analysts
  • Compensation manager
  • Employee benefits manager and specialist
  • Employee welfare manager
  • Training and development manager and specialist
  • Labor relations
  • Dispute resolution

Median annual wages of training and development specialists were $51,450 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $38,550 and $67,450. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,470, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $85,160. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of training and development specialists were:

Computer systems design and related services $61,110
General medical and surgical hospitals 56,540
Insurance carriers 55,190
Management of companies and enterprises 54,800
Local government 52,080
State government 48,480

According to a July 2009 salary survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelor's degree candidates majoring in human resources, including labor and industrial relations, received starting offers averaging $45,170 a year. "Information courtesy of the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics"

Student Organizations

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Advisor: Dr. Timmerman
Office: JOHN 407b, 372-3895

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, is open to all students interested in the Human Resource Management field. This organization provides a great opportunity to learn from local area Human Resource Management professionals. Student chapter dues are $15 per semester. Full-time students may become national members and receive a variety of SHRM benefits for $40 per year. To join the national organization, visit

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