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                                             What can I do with this degree?
                 AREAS                                      EMPLOYERS                                       STRATEGIES
Benefits                                     Financial institutions                         Develop strong computer skills, especially with
Compensation                                 Hotel, restaurant, and retail chains              spreadsheets and databases.
Employee Relations                           Manufacturing firms                            Obtain internships in human resources.
Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)   Hospitals and healthcare organizations         Develop presentation skills and conflict resolution
Labor Relations                              Educational institutions                          abilities through coursework and activities.
Selection and Placement                      Employment and staffing agencies               Cultivate strong analytical skills.
Recruiting                                   Professional employment organizations (PEOs)   Be willing to start in an entry-level human resources or
Retention                                    Other medium and large size organizations         benefits assistant position.
Occupational Safety                          Nonprofit organizations                        Learn about Occupational Safety and Health
Equal Employment Opportunity                 Labor unions                                      Administration (OSHA) standards and compliance.
Diversity Issues                             Federal government agencies including:         Earn a graduate degree (MBA, masters, or law) to
Policy Development                              Department of Labor                            reach the highest levels of human resource
                                                Employment Security Commission                 management.
                                                Bureau of Labor                             Learn government application procedures. Complete a
                                             Local and state government agencies               federal government internship program.

Industrial Training                          Corporate universities                         Obtain related experience through internships and
Technology Training                          Consulting firms                                  part-time or summer jobs.
Management Development                       Manufacturing companies                        Develop the ability to comprehend operational
Performance Improvement                      Retail and customer service industries            systems and to process new information quickly.
Organizational Change                        Restaurant and hotel chains                    Acquire current knowledge of issues in technology,
                                             Business and industry training facilities         industry, and business education through
                                             Educational institutions                          professional association journals.
                                                                                            Develop solid knowledge of the content area being
                                                                                               addressed in training.
                                                                                            Be prepared to start working in another area of human
                                                                                               resources before moving into a training position.
                                                                                            Learn about Occupational Safety and Health
                                                                                               Administration (OSHA) standards and compliance.
                                                                                            Learn about International Organization for
                                                                                               Standardization (ISO) criteria.
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                   AREAS                                  EMPLOYERS                                   STRATEGIES

Development                             Community agencies                            Volunteer in community development projects or with
Volunteer Coordination                  Healthcare organizations                         an organization of interest.
Programming                             Private foundations                           Take on leadership roles in campus organizations.
Administration                                                                        Learn how to administer a budget through
                                                                                         coursework or volunteering.
                                                                                      Develop planning skills.
                                                                                      Obtain an internship in fund-raising or related field.
Management                              Public and private corporations including:   Develop a strong background in other business
Operations Management                     Retail stores                                  functions such as marketing or management.
Customer Service                          Banks and financial institutions           Gain leadership experience through campus
Marketing                                 Insurance firms                                involvement or volunteer work.
Sales                                     Manufacturers                              Intern with companies in fields of interest.
                                          Product and service organizations          Gain strong writing and public speaking skills.
                                                                                     Develop proficiency in computer software application
Arbitration and Mediation               Law firms                                     Obtain a law degree.
Labor Relations                         Large corporations                            Join a debate team and participate in mock trial.
Employment Law                          Government agencies                           Take courses in employment law, conflict
                                        Public interest legal agencies                   management, and labor relations.
                                                                                      Gain experience with mediation.

Organizational Development              Consulting firms                              Double major or minor in psychology as an
Assessment and Evaluation               Educational services                             undergraduate.
Personnel Selection                     Colleges and universities                     Earn a doctoral degree in industrial/organizational
Performance Appraisal                   Private and public companies                     psychology.
Job Analysis                            Government agencies                           Demonstrate strong interest in studying the behavior
Individual Development                  Military research organizations                  of people at work.
Labor Relations                         Test preparation companies                    Obtain internships in areas of organizational
Ergonomics                                                                               development.
Teaching                                                                              Conduct independent research study in areas of
Research                                                                                 interest.
                                                                                      Develop aptitude in statistical analysis and
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•   Be prepared to start in entry level positions within organizations and work up to positions of greater responsibility. Develop an area of expertise along the way.
•   Graduate education including MBA, MS, or JD qualifies one for higher salaries and positions with greater responsibility.
•   Obtain internships in an area of interest such as human resources, training, or organizational development.
•   Participate in related co-curricular activities and obtain leadership positions to broaden skills.
•   Successful human resource professionals are business-minded and well-rounded. Cultivate "hard skills" such as technology and statistics along with "soft skills"
        such as mediating and advising.
•   Develop excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
•   Demonstrate a strong desire to work with people of various backgrounds and educational levels.
•   Learn desktop publishing and other software packages.
•   Become familiar with current business literature and news.
•   Join professional associations in field of interest, such as American Society for Training and Development, Society for Human Resource Management, American
        Management Association, Employment Management Asociation, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and others.
•   Become a member of the student organization, Association of Human Resource Development Students (AHRDS). Network with human resource managers through
        AHRDS meetings.

                                     Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2002, Revised 2004)
                                                               UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA Employer

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