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Human Resources Development

696 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
972 Master's Degrees Annually
#44 in Popularity
$65,120 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Human Resources Development Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many human resources development graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 972
Bachelor’s Degree 696
Graduate Certificate 243
Basic Certificate 41
Doctor’s Degree 32
Undergraduate Certificate 14
Associate’s Degree 3

What Human Resources Development Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, HR development majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for HR Development Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Skills for HR Development Majors

HR development majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Abilities for HR Development Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a HR development student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Human Resources Development Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with HR development:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Training and Development Specialists 11.5% $60,870

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Development?

696 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
78% Percent Women
37% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 78% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of HR development majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of HR Development Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 43
Black or African American 68
Hispanic or Latino 128
White 408
International Students 15
Other Races/Ethnicities 34

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in HR Development. About 2.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Human Resources Development Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

HR Development majors often go into careers with median salaries of $65,120. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with HR development may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for HR development careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 2.8%
Some College Courses 2.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 5.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 59.5%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 11.3%
Master’s Degree 17.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 2.8%

Online Human Resources Development Programs

In 2018-2019, 78 schools offered a HR development program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 7 4
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 1 1
Bachelor’s Degree 22 10
Post-Baccalaureate 7 4
Master’s Degree 39 22
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 7 3
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Human Resources Development Worth It?

The median salary for a HR development grad is $65,120 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 63% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $504,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to HR development.

Major Number of Grads
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 17,412
Organizational Behavior Studies 3,773
Labor & Industrial Relations 1,882
Other Human Resources Management and Services 1,632
Labor Studies 123

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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