Human Resource (HR) Degree in Florida


Home to 30 corporations on the 2015 Forbes 500 list, Florida is unrivaled when it comes to career opportunities and salary potential for human resources professionals.

Though Florida is a leader in many different industries (tourism, manufacturing, aviation and aerospace, agriculture), corporations within the energy sector are experiencing the most growth. These rapidly growing businesses depend on thousands of employees, requiring large human resources departments made up of skilled HR professionals in various positions. 

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HR Degrees Available Through State Schools and Private Universities

Though it is possible to find work in the human resources field with a general business degree, a degree in human resources will prepare you for management positions and specific specialist roles.

Associate’s Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those seeking jobs as payroll clerks and human resources assistants, human resources generalists, among others:

Associate of Science in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Pensacola
  • 96 Credit Programs

Associate Applied Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Orange Park
  • 90 Credit Program

Associate of Arts in Human Resources Management

  • Located in Orlando
  • 60 Credit Program

Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing for jobs as HR managers, specialists or training and development specialists, among others:

Bachelor of Science in Admistration with a specialization in Human Resources

  • Located in Miami Shores
  • 120 Credit Program

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Human Resource Management

  • Located in Coral Gables
  • 120 Credit Program

Bachelor of Science in Management with a focus in Human Resource Management

  • Located in West Palm Beach
  • 120 Credit Program

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management

  • Located in West Palm Beach
  • 120 Credit Program

Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management

  • Located in Saint Leo
  • 120 Credit Program

Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Pensacola, online option
  • 188 Credit Program

Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management

  • Located in over 6 campuses in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area
  • 180 Credit Program

Master’s Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those seeking upper-level management careers and director-level positions in human resources management:

Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Human Resources Management

  • Located in Miami Gardens with an online option
  • 36 Credit Program

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

  • Located in Sarasota
  • 30 Credit Program

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Sarasota
  • 36 Credit Program

Master of Science in Human Resource Management

  • Located in over 6 campuses in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area
  • 54 Credit Program

Graduate Certificates in Human Resources – Designed for professionals with a business background interested in specializing in HR management:

Graduate Certificate in Human Resources

  • Located in Miami Shores
  • 21 Credit Program

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Miami Gardens
  • 12 Credit Program

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Boca Raton
  • 33 Credit Program

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

  • Online only
  • 18 Credit Program

MBAs in Human Resources Management – Designed for those seeking high-level business leadership positions with a focus on human resource management:

MBA in Human Resources Management

  • Located in Saint Leo
  • 36-39 Credit Program

MBA with Human Resource Management Specialization

  • Located in Miami Gardens
  • 42 Credit Program

MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Sarasota
  • 30 Credit Program

MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management

  • Located in over 6 campuses in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area
  • 54 Credit Program

Doctorates in Human Resources – Designed for those who wish to become educators, consultants, and experts in the human resources field:

Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Behavior

  • Located in Coral Gables
  • 60 Credit Program

Doctor of Business of Administration

  • Located in Saint Leo
  • 57 Credit Program

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

  • Located in Sarasota
  • 48 Credit Program

Florida’s Largest Corporate Employers of Human Resource Professionals

According to the 2014 Fortune 500 list of the largest businesses in Florida, the state’s top employers of HR professionals are as follows:

  • World Fuel Services (Wholesalers sector)– headquartered in Miami, $43.4 billion in 2014 profits, 4,041 employees
  • Publix Super Markets (Food & Drug Stores sector)– headquartered in Lakeland, $30.8 billion in 2014 profits, 175,000 employees
  • Tech Data (Wholesalers sector)– headquartered in Clearwater, $27.7 billion in 2014 profits, 8,900 employees
  • AutoNation (Retailing sector)– headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, $19.1 billion in 2014 profits, 24,000 employees
  • NextEra Energy (Energy sector)– headquartered in Juno Beach, $17 billion in 2014 profits, 13,800 employees

Salary Expectations for HR Professionals in Florida

According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, HR professionals in Florida earn salaries that are very competitive when compared to national averages. Salaries may vary based upon the size of the company, location of the company, and the amount of education and experience an employee possesses.

The following list shows the bottom 10 percent of salaries, the average salary, and the top 10 percent of salaries for each HR occupation:

  • Human Resource Managers – $63,860; $109,920; $165,050
  • Training and Development Managers – $62,420; $104,790; $156,130
  • Human Resources Specialists – $31,540; $54,210; $83,730
  • Labor Relations Specialists –  $18,500; $55,330; $92,960
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists –  $34,200; 56,560; $84,080
  • Training and Development Specialists – $31,660; $56,570; $89,030
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – $26,830; $38,910; $54,040
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping – $25,250; $35,360; $47,300

Job Growth Projections for HR Professionals in Florida

The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation has estimated that jobs within the human resources field will experience strong growth throughout the ten-year projection period between 2012 and 2022:

  • Human Resource Managers – 630 positions added, 18 percent increase
  • Training and Development Managers – 160 positions added, 17 percent increase
  • Human Resources Specialists – 5,630 positions added, 23 percent increase
  • Labor Relations Specialists – 100 positions added, 3 percent increase
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists – 200 positions added, 6 percent increase
  • Training and Development Specialists – 3,430 positions added, 27 percent increase
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – 1,210 positions added, 19 percent increase
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping – 1,060 positions added, 15 percent increase

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