Human Resource (HR) Degree in Illinois


Illinois regularly ranks in the top-five states nationally when evaluated on its total employment numbers in the field of human resources (US Department of Labor, 2014):

  • HR Managers – Third-highest number of HR managers of all states in the nation
  • Training and Development Managers – Third-highest number of training and development managers in the nation
  • Labor Relations Specialists – Fifth-highest number of labor relations specialists in the nation

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HR Degrees for Students at State and Private Universities in Illinois

Human resources degrees available in Illinois include:

Associate's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to become human resources assistants and payroll clerks, among others:

  • Applied Associate of Science (AAS) in Human Resource and Organizational Leadership
    • Located in Oak Brook
    • Online option
    • 91 quarter credits
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Human Resource Management
    • Located in Galesburg
    • Some classes offered online
    • 64 semester credits
  • Human Resources Assistant Associate's Degree
    • Located in Olney
    • Online option
    • 65 semester credits

Bachelor's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing for careers as HR benefits and training specialists, managers, and more:

  • Bachelor of Business (BB) in Human Resource Management
    • Available in Macomb and the Quad Cities
    • Some classes offered online
    • Minimum 120 semester credits
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management with a concentration in Human Resources
    • Located in Chicago
    • Online option
    • 120 semester credits
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management with an emphasis in Human Resource Management
    • Located in Dekalb
    • Online option
    • Minimum of 120 semester credits
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science (BA or BS) in Human Resource Management
    • Located in Naperville
    • Minimum of 120 semester credits
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management
    • Located in Charleston
    • Some classes offered online
    • 120 semester credits

Master's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to become HR directors, upper-level HR managers, and more:

  • Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations
    • Located in Champaign
    • Online option
    • 48 semester credits
  • Master of Science (MS) in Personnel and Human Resources Development
    • Located in Chicago
    • Online option
    • 43 semester credits
    • Applicants for this program must have completed at least 18 semester credits of undergraduate coursework in psychology
  • Master of Human Resource Management
    • Available in Chicago and Grayslake
    • Online option
    • 36 semester credits

Graduate Certificates in Human Resources – Designed for experienced business professionals who want to expand their qualifications in HR:

  • Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate
    • Available in Chicago and Grayslake
    • Online option
    • 10 semester credits
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
    • Located in Springfield
    • 9 semester credits
    • Online option
  • Human Resource Certificate Program
    • Located in Chicago
    • 12 quarter credits

MBAs in Human Resources Management – Designed for those preparing to become business leaders with a focus in HR, such as department managers:

  • Integrated MBA with Human Resources Management
    • Located in Macomb and the Quad Cities
    • Some classes offered online
    • 30 semester credits if combined with an undergraduate degree in this field
    • Applicants will need to complete prerequisites if they did not combine their undergraduate degree with this program
  • MBA with a joint Master's Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations
    • Located in Champaign
    • Some classes offered online
    • 96 semester credits
  • MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management
    • Located in Chicago
    • Some classes offered online
    • 72 quarter credits

Doctorate Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to enter academia or conduct expert research:

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) in Law with a concentration in Human Resources and Industrial Relations
    • Located in Champaign
    • Some classes offered online
    • 110 semester credits – less if applicants already have a master's degree in HR or Law
    • Undergraduates can apply for this program if they completed a thesis in a related field
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Resources and Industrial Relations
    • Located in Champaign
    • Some classes offered online
    • 64 semester credits
    • Applicants can apply with a bachelor's degree in a related field if they have completed the requisite number of undergraduate credits
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management
    • Located in Chicago
    • Students who enter this program with an MBA must complete 64 semester credits
    • Students who enter this program with only an undergraduate degree will need to complete 96 semester credits
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Leadership
    • Located in Chicago
    • Online option
    • 60 semester credits
    • Applicants must have a master's degree in a related field

Illinois' Largest Corporate Employers of HR Professionals

As home to headquarters for many of the nation's leading businesses, Illinois and especially the Chicago area, also play host to the many HR professionals that work for these corporations. Corporate headquarters that include massive HR departments in Illinois include (Fortune 500, 2015):

  • Walgreens, headquartered in Deerfield – 213,000 total employees
  • Boeing, headquartered in Chicago – 165,500 total employees
  • Caterpillar, headquartered in Peoria – 114,233 total employees
  • United [Airlines] Continental Holdings, headquartered in Chicago – 84,000 total employees
  • State Farm Insurance, headquartered in Bloomington – 73,262 total employees
  • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), headquartered in Chicago – 33,900 total employees

Salary Ranges for Human Resource Professionals in Illinois

Presented here are salaries for HR professionals in Illinois starting with the lowest average (10th percentile), followed by the cumulative average salary, and ending with the average salary for the top 10 percent (US Department of Labor in 2014):

  • Human Resource Managers – $51,110; $102,720; $167,670
  • Training and Development Managers – $55,570; $101,300; $151,970
  • Human Resources Specialists – $33,060; $61,530; $95,070
  • Labor Relations Specialists – $18,400; $57,200; $134,420
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – $40,250; $62,650; $95,770
  • Training and Development Specialists – $27,270; $60,400; $96,700
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – $27,500; $43,240; $60,780
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping – $27,730; $42,270; $58,590

Projected Job Growth for HR Professionals in Illinois (2012-2022)

Over the coming decade, the Illinois Department of Employment Security projects the following growth rates for HR professionals statewide between 2012 and 2022:

  • Human Resource Managers – 17 percent growth, 860 positions added
  • Human Resources Specialists – 14 percent growth, 2,130 positions added
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – 12 percent growth, 830 positions added
  • Training and Development Managers – 10 percent growth, 160 positions added
  • Training and Development Specialists – 10 percent growth, 560 positions added
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – 5 percent growth, 110 positions added

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