Human Resource (HR) Degree in Maine


HR professionals are responsible for vetting, selecting, hiring, training, and supporting employees for Maine’s top employers. By extension, they are ultimately responsible for ensuring the state's entire workforce is competitive on an international scale.

Home to iconic American companies like LL Bean and the Bath Iron Works shipyard, which are among the state’s top employers, Maine needs the best and brightest HR professionals to keep its economy and public sector strong.

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Online and Campus-Based HR Degree Programs Available in Maine

Earning a degree in the field of business, and especially HR, will provide a solid foundation from which to launch or advance a career in human resources. Programs available to aspiring and advancing HR professionals in Maine include:

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

Associate Degree in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Bangor
  • 68 semester credits

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Human Resources Management

  • Online only
  • 60 semester credits

Bachelor's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing for new entry-level management positions in HR, recruiting, and workforce development, among others:

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Standish
  • Online option
  • 120 semester credits

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Orono
  • Online option
  • 120 semester credits

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Management

  • Online only
  • 120 semester credits

Master's Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those preparing to enter upper-level management jobs, as well as professionals who are enhancing their credentials for promotional opportunities:

Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Management

  • Online only
  • 48 semester credits

Master of Human Resource Management

  • Online only
  • 36 semester credits

Graduate Certificates in Human Resources – Designed for those coming from a professional background that want to increase their academic credentials for careers in training, personnel development, and employment relations:

Certificate in Human Resource Management

  • Located in Augusta
  • Online option
  • 18 semester credits
  • Applicants must complete the prerequisite requirements before registering

Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management

  • Online only
  • 18 semester credits

MBAs in Human Resources Management – Designed for upper-level management positions that combine business administration with HRM:

MBA in Human Resource Management

  • Online only
  • 36-48 semester credits

MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management

  • Online only
  • 36 semester credits

Doctorate Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for those aiming for the top positions in HR management and directing, as well as for professionals who want to embark on an academic career in research or teaching:

Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership

  • Online only
  • 48 semester credits
  • Applicants must have a graduate degree

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management

  • Online only
  • 60 semester credits
  • Applicants must have a graduate degree in a field related to business or management

Working as an HR Professional in Maine

Maine's HR professionals have been ensuring the state's public and private sector workforces are competitive, have the right skills, and are well-trained for generations. Shown here are Maine’s top employers of HR professionals along with the total number of employees within the respective industries:

  • Hannaford Brothers Company, headquartered in Scarborough employing - part of Maine's retail food and beverage store industry which employs a total of 18,898
  • Bath Iron Works Corporation, headquartered in Bath employing part of Maine's durable goods manufacturing industry which employs a total of 30,485
  • L.L. Bean, headquartered in Freeport employing – part of Maine's clothing retail store industry which employs a total of 6,202
  • Idexx Laboratories, headquartered in Westbrook employing – part of Maine's computer and electronic product manufacturing industry which employs 2,456

(Industry employment numbers provided by the US Department of Commerce, 2013)

Human Resources Salaries in Maine

2014 statistics from the US Department of Labor show the following annual salary figures. These are listed here as 10th percentile average, the total average salary, and the 90th percentile average:

  • Human Resource Managers – $60,570; $90,350; $127,410
  • Training and Development Managers – $56,540; $83,840; $119,940
  • Human Resources Specialists – $34,160; $55,080; $77,560
  • Labor Relations Specialists – $41,670; $63,040; $86,900
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – $33,790; $51,210; $72,230
  • Training and Development Specialists – $32,380; $53,060; $79,300
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – $26,950; $38,010; $49,510
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping – $24,960; $35,690; $48,010

Projected Job Growth for HR Professionals in Maine through 2022

The Maine Center for Workforce Research and Information projects that the number of HR jobs will grow between 2012 and 2022:

  • Human Resource Managers – 8 percent growth
  • Training and Development Specialists – 8 percent growth
  • Training and Development Managers – 6 percent growth  
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – 3 percent growth 

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