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How to Become a Human Resource Manager

To become a human resource manager, you must meet certain educational requirements and develop critical skills such as leadership, problem solving, communication and more.

Human resource management is a rewarding career that's perfect for those who are passionate about business and love working with people. A human resource manager acts as a liaison between a company's employees and its executives, overseeing areas like employee training and education, recruitment and hiring, and employee procedures and policies.

Educational Requirements for Human Resource Managers

A successful human resource management career starts with a solid business education. Most businesses require at least a bachelor's degree, and you can gain a real competitive edge in the marketplace by earning an M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development.1 The Human Resource Management and Development (M.S.) degree program at NLU helps human resources practitioners refine their leadership skills to help build organizations that maximize the effectiveness of human capital.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Candidates with certification or a master’s degree—particularly those with a concentration in human resources management—should have the best job prospects." 2

Human Resource Management Skills & Certifications

The most important skills for a human resource manager to develop include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Oral and visual presentation
  • Business administration
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict management

Additional certifications aren't required to be a successful human resource manager, but some professionals pursue certification from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) as a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) or SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) to gain an additional edge in the job market.2

Source References [+]

1. "How to Become a Human Resource Manager: Education and Career Roadmap."

2. "Human Resources Management: Job Outlook." 27 April 2018.

3. "SHRM Certification."


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