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Career Resources — Human Resources

Industry Overview

At its core, human resources is the management of an organization’s staff. Every organization, in some capacity, has an HR department which is responsible for recruiting and onboarding new employees, handling the exit of soon-to-be former employees, managing real-time employees, employee benefits and development. HR professionals wear many hats and work with staff on salaries, tax forms, insurance and other benefits, rotational and training programs, and many other workforce elements. As finding the right people and retaining talent becomes ever more important, the need for HR professionals will continue to grow.

View where ND graduates have accepted jobs in the Human Resources field via our Future Plans report and where students participated in internships via our Summer Experience



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  • What is human resources? How did it start? What do HR professionals do?
  • The structure of the HR industry
  • The outlook
  • Professional associations 

O*Net provides students with comprehensive information about jobs within the different industries. For HR, required skills include:

  • Coordination
  • Project management
  • Expressive communication
  • Critical thinking