In demand careers spanning every industry.

A Human Resource Management degree qualifies you to work in virtually every industry since every business needs strong human resource leadersEvery organization needs strong human resource leaders to administer and oversee programs that benefit employees, as well those to manage the fast-changing, complex employment laws. From determining staffing needs, to recruitment and training, to keeping employee records, overseeing benefits, and managing compensation, HR managers play an integral role in business. As the demand rises for HR managers, so does the competitive nature of these positions. That’s why the people best poised to land these types of jobs are college graduates, especially those with bachelor’s degrees in human resource management. Students who graduate with a major in Human Resource Management will be able to provide their skills, knowledge and understanding of human resource functions to organizations in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors of the workforce.

Fast Facts

  • In June 2017 Mercyhurst's Human Resource Management program received alignment with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). In the spring of 2021, the HR major was approved for an additional four years of alignment by SHRM, through 2025.
  • Graduates can earn advanced credentials in HR. After gaining at least one year of field experience, graduates of the HR program may qualify to sit for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional (CP) certification exam. Or, after four years, HR personnel may sit for the Senior Certified Professional (SCP) certification exam
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for human resource managers will grow faster than average — by 6 percent each year until 2029. The bureau reports a median salary of $121,220 per year for human resouce managers. Human resource managers and recruiters are the fastest growing jobs in Human Resouces for 2021.

  • Human Resource Management students have held internships at corporations and organizations such as Peek n’ Peak Resort and Conference Center, Scott Enterprises, Inc., HealthSouth, General Electric, City of Erie, HCR ManorCare, Chautauqua Institution, Thistledown Racino, Erie Homes for Children and Adults, Caplugs, Country Fair Corporate Headquarters, and Saint Vincent Health Center.

  • According to, Human Resource Management is one of the most in demand careers to pursue if you have a college degree


Contact Us

Kim Zacherl, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Program Director, Human Resource Management
Office: Preston 324
Phone: 814-824-3042