Labor and Industrial Relations Major

Labor and Industrial Relations Studies is a program that focuses on employee-management interactions and the management of issues and disputes regarding working conditions and worker benefit packages, and that may prepare individuals to function as labor or personnel relations specialists.

Labor and Industrial Relations Studies majors and degree programs likely include instruction in labor history, policies and strategies of the labor movement, union organization, labor-management negotiation, labor law and contract interpretation, labor economics, welfare and benefit packages, grievance procedures, and labor policy studies.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Labor and Industrial Relations (use the College Search feature and enter "labor relations” or “industrial relations”  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 Labor and Industrial Relations Studies?

Labor relations careers exist in virtually every industry.  Most of the people in this sector of work are in the private sector which includes business, health, social, management, and educational services.  Some are self-employed, working as consultants to public and private employers.  Your career potential likely will depend on your level of formal education.


Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Labor and Industrial Relations 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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