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Related Skills

  • Communication skills, both verbal and written

Being Successful in the Field

  • 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, M.S., or J.D. 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
  • 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 Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and others

Related Fields

Public Accounting

Human Resources

  • Benefits
  • Compensation
  • Employee Relations
  • Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS)
  • Labor Relations
  • Selection and Placement
  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Occupational Safety
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Diversity Issues
  • Policy Development


  • Financial institutions
  • Hotel, restaurant, and retail chains
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Hospitals and healthcare organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Employment and staffing agencies
  • Professional employment organizations (PEOs)
  • Other medium and large size organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Labor unions
  • Federal government agencies including:Department of Labor, Employment Security Commission, Bureau of Labor
  • Local and state government agencies


  • Develop strong computer skills, especially with spreadsheets and databases
  • Obtain internships in human resources
  • Develop presentation skills and conflict resolution abilities through coursework and activities
  • Cultivate strong analytical skills. Be willing to start in an entry-level human resources or benefits assistant position
  • Learn about Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and compliance
  • Earn a graduate degree (MBA, masters, or law) to reach the highest levels of human resource management
  • Learn government application procedures
  • Complete a federal government internship program

Training and Development

  • Industrial Training
  • Technology Training
  • Management Development
  • Performance Improvement
  • Organizational Change


  • Corporate universities
  • Consulting firms
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Retail and customer service industries
  • Restaurant and hotel chains
  • Business and industry training facilities
  • Educational institutions


  • Obtain related experience through internships and part-time or summer jobs
  • Develop the ability to comprehend operational systems and to process new information quickly
  • Acquire current knowledge of issues intechnology, industry, and business education through 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


  • Development
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Programming
  • Administration


  • Community agencies
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Private foundations


  • Volunteer in community development projects orwith an organization of interest
  • Take on leadership roles in campus organizations
  • Learn how to administer a budget through coursework or volunteering
  • Develop planning skills
  • Obtain an internship in fund-raising or related field


  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Labor Relations
  • Employment Law


  • Law firms
  • Large corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Public interest legal agencies


  • Obtain a law degree
  • Join a debate team and participate in mock trial
  • Take courses in employment law, conflict management, and labor relations
  • Develop planning skills
  • Gain experience with mediation

Industrial / Organizational Psychology

  • Organizational Development
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Personnel Selection
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Job Analysis
  • Individual Development
  • Labor Relations
  • Ergonomics
  • Teaching
  • Research


  • Consulting firms
  • Educational services
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private and public companies
  • Government agencies
  • Military research organizations
  • Test preparation companies


  • Double major or minor in psychology as an undergraduate
  • Earn a doctoral degree inindustrial/organizational psychology
  • Demonstrate strong interest in studying the behavior of people at work
  • Obtain internships in areas of organizational development
  • Conduct independent research study in areas of interest
  • Develop aptitude in statistical analysis and computers

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Kristy DeWall  223 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Victor Devinatz  SFHB 422  (309) 438-3403