Human Resources Development Major

Human Resources Development Studies is a program that prepares individuals to apply integrated training, organizational development, and career planning and counseling skills to the design, management, and evaluation of programs to improve individual productivity, employability, and job satisfaction and organizational effectiveness.

Human Resources Development Studies majors and degree programs likely include instruction in psychology; organizational behavior; principles of adult education; occupational counseling; skill testing and evaluation; program design; consulting practice; organizational development; and applications to issues such as training, management development, customer service, and total quality management.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Human Resources Development (use the College Search feature and enter "human resources development” in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Human Resources Development Studies?

There are a wide assortment of career options if you graduate with a degree in Human Resources Development.  The type of job you secure will likely depend on your level of formal education.  This sector of industry provides a variety of administrative and professional opportunities ranging from clerk to vice president.


Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Human Resources Development Studies:

Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.



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