The concept of human resources has many facets. On one hand, it involves the entire body of individuals who make up a business, organization, or administration (such as in a government entity). On the other hand, the study of human resources involves the department or body of individuals in a company or organization that manages personnel strategies and overall operating policies.
What is this degree/program of study about?
A wide variety of associate’s degree programs exist in relation to the study of human resources. These include the associate of arts or associate of applied science in human resources, associate of science in human resources management, or an associate of applied science in business management with a specialization in human resource management.
What does it take to earn this degree, and what will it result in for graduates?
While a high school diploma or GED is typically the only educational prerequisite to gain admission into a human resources associate’s degree program, most programs are intended as a stepping stone for a related bachelor’s degree program. Starting salaries for those with bachelor’s degrees may approach $45,000 annually, although those with associate’s degrees may still find entry level human resources positions with wages in the $30,000 range (BLS.gov). During the course of study, students will be immersed in such topics as presentation skills, computer applications, and workplace psychology, among other curriculum.