Human Resources

Become a Human Resources Manager

Help businesses become and stay successful by ensuring employees are adequately trained, happy, and efficient

Minor in Human Resource Management

Offered by: Management and Marketing Department

The Human Resource Manager is critical to any successful business to help make sure employees are adequately trained, happy, and efficient. The work environment, hiring process, and work relationship are all important factors to a business's ability to thrive. These managers handle the staffing, training, pay, and policies of the workplace. If you minor in human resources management, you'll study people and the workplace, and you'll learn a solid introduction to HR systems and practices that offer the ability to become an HR manager. The HRM minor will broaden the learning experiences and professional opportunities of Business majors by creating a second focus in HR management. You will be prepared to work in the field of HRM in small, medium, and large organizations in either the public or private sector.

“In order to build a rewarding employee experience, you need to understand what matters most to your people.” – Julie Bevacqua

Why Choose Human Resource Management?

Students minor in HRM have the desire to play a leadership role in managing and developing human resources in organizations. They should be able to work well with other people and should possess the range of talents needed to deal with new and changing situations. They are employed as recruiters, compensation specialists, job analysts, grievance handlers, negotiators, and training coordinators.

What Will You Learn?

A Human Resources Management Minor Degree can give you the skills to manage employees and help them maximize their professional potential. Specifically, you will learn skills to become a more effective evaluator of talent and help to get the right people, with the right skills, in the right places, at the right time. Having these skills can have a significant positive impact on your organization and increase your earning potential and involve you in top-level decision making. This study area includes Human Resources Management, Management-Labor Relation, Compensation Management, Organizational Leadership, Internship, Employment Law, Training and Development, and Introduction to Safety.

Careers In Human Resource Management

Did you know that an HR manager can earn a base salary of $88,000 and is included among Glassdoor's 10 Best Jobs in America report?

Today, most successful organizations regard people as their most important asset and effective human resources management as central to their business strategy. HR professionals now take on significantly more leadership roles, which has led to increased human resource management jobs in the U.S. and globally.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of HR managers is projected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. In 2018, BLS also announced the national median annual salary (excluding bonuses and benefits) of major HRM professions, as follows:

  • HR Managers: $113,300
  • Compensation & Benefits Managers: $121,010
  • Training and Development Managers: $111,340
  • Compensation, Benefits, & Job Analysis Specialists: $63,000
  • Training and Development Specialists: $68,870
  • Labor Relations Specialists: $67,790
  • HR Specialists: $60,880

According to, as of September 26, 2019, the average HR manager salary in Pittsburgh, PA is $101,192 ($89,670 -- $113,242).

Clubs & Organizations

Alpha Kappa Psi

Slippery Rock University's Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association

Society For Advancement of Management

Society for Human Resources Management