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. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for HR managers will grow quickly — by 9 percent each year until 2024. The bureau reports a median salary of $104,440 per year for HR managers. 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
  • 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

  • Forbes has spoken! It says one of the most in demand jobs right now is HR management, ranking it at 6th on its list of “The 10 Most Promising Jobs of 2016,” with 3,468 openings last year and a median base salary of $85,000 among all HR professionals

  • HR Management students have held internships at corporations such as Peek n’ Peak Resort and Conference Center, Scott Enterprises, Inc., HealthSouth, General Electric, City of Erie Department of Human Resources, HCR ManorCare, Thistledown Racino 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