Career and Leadership Development

Human Resource Management

Human Resource (HR) and labor relations specialists help management make effective use of employee skills, and help them find satisfaction with their jobs and working conditions. Dealing with individuals is an essential part of the job. Human Resource specialists often interview, select, and recommend applicants for job openings. They handle wage and salary administration, training and career development, and employee benefits. They also keep informed of rules and regulations pertaining to affirmative action and equal opportunity. Labor relations means union-management relations. People who specialize in this field, work in unionized establishments for the most part. They help company officials prepare for collective bargaining sessions, participate in contract negotiations, and handle labor relations matters that come up every day.

Emphases within the major:

General (BBA)

Major skills acquired:

Attention to Detail
Benefits Program Design
Data Gathering and Evaluation
Decision Making
Forecasting Employment Needs
Job Analysis
Job Evaluation
Knowledge of Collective Bargaining Procedures
Oral and Written Communication
Planning and Employment
Policy and Procedure Making and Interpretation
Problem Solving
Program Assessment & Design
Team Work
Training and Development
Wage and Salary Administration

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Assistant Personnel Manager
Consultant - HR
Director of Placement
Employment Interviewer
Inservice Coordinator, Auxiliary Personnel
Job Analyst
Labor Relations Specialist
Manager-Education and Training
Manager-Labor Relations
Occupational Analyst
Personnel Assistant
Personnel Specialist
Retirement Officer
Training Representative
Training Specialist
Wage and Benefits Administrator

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Accenture - Milwaukee, WI
Aon Consulting - Chicago, IL
Berco of America, Inc. - Waukesha, WI
Columbia County Home - Wyocena, WI
Community Care - Milwaukee, WI
Cornwell Personnel Services - Milwaukee, WI
DCA Inc. - Madison, WI
Deluxe Date Systems - Milwaukee, WI
Dental Associates Ltd. - Wauwatosa, WI
DILHR - Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Diversified Personnel - Watertown, WI
ECM Motor Company - Oconomowoc, WI
Enesco Corp - Elk Grove Village, IL
Frito-Lay, Inc. - Beloit, WI
Hewitt Consulting - Lincolnshire, IL
Hufcor - Janesville, WI
Kurz Electric Service Co. - Menasha, WI
Menards - Eau Claire, WI
Menasha Corporation - Menasha, WI
Neenah Paper - Neenah, WI
Nestle Foods - Atlanta, GA
Onvoy - Walworth, WI
Oscar Mayer Foods Corp. - Sandusky, OH
River Garden Hebrew Home - Jacksonville, FL
Shopko - Watertown, WI
State of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
Swiss Colony - Monroe, WI
Tab, Inc. - Warren, MI
Target - West Allis, WI
Telecom - Madison, WI
Veolia Environment Services - Milwaukee, WI
Walgreens - Jackson, WI
Wells Fargo Financial - Sheboygan, WI
WH Brady Company - Sheboygan, WI
Wm. Mercer Publishing - Milwaukee, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ
Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
Rockford College - Rockford, IL
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, WI

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Management Department
Departmental Office, Hyland Hall 4304
Phone: (262) 472-3964

Society for Human Resource Management
606 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314