Human Resource (HR) Degree in Maryland


Human resources professionals ranging from labor relations specialists to HR directors are important players Maryland’s economy, from the state’s 104,603 small business employers to its four Fortune 500 companies.

Your path to a career in human resources in Maryland will involve choosing an education program that can prepare you to work for:

  •  A major company such as Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, which earns some $45.6 billion in annual revenue

Or

  • One of Maryland’s many thriving small businesses, which employ roughly 1.1 million Maryland workers according to the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA)

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HR Degrees Available Through Private Universities and State Schools in Maryland

Associate’s Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for aspiring human resources assistants and payroll and timekeeping clerks, among others:

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business Management with a Concentration in Human Resources  (Bel Air, 62 credits, online option)
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business Management with a Human Resource Management Option (Baltimore, 60 credits)

Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for aspiring HR specialists, generalists, managers and labor relations specialists:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a Specialization in Human Resource Management (Baltimore, four-year program, online option)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a Specializations in Human Resource Management (Towson, four-year programs)
  • Business Administration (B.A.) Degree in Management with a Concentration in Human Resource Management  (Frederick, 64 credits)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Resource Management (Adelphi, 120 credits, online option).

Master’s Degrees in Human Resources – Designed for aspiring staffing directors, compensation managers, and HR directors, among others:

  • Master of Arts (MA) in Human Resource Development (Bowie, 39 credits)
  • Master of Science (MS) in Management with a Specialization in Human Resource Management (Adelphi, 36 credits) online option).
  • Master of Science (MS) in Human Resource Development (Westminister, 42 credits)

Graduate Certificates in Human Resources – Designed for aspiring HR managers and training and development managers

  • Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Human Resource Management (Adelphi, 12 credits, online option)

MBAs in Human Resources – Designed for aspiring HR executives and compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists, among others

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Specialization in Human Resource Management (Baltimore, up to 54 credit hours)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Human Resource Management Concentration (Frederick, six required credits in human resource management coursework)

Doctorate-level Degrees in Human Resource Management – Designed for those interested in careers in research and academia

  • PhD in Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management (College Park, 45 credits)

Salary Ranges for HR Professionals in Maryland

Human resources professionals have the potential to earn healthy salaries, often well into the six-figure range. The U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the following salaries for human resources professionals in Maryland (salaries are presented as bottom 10%, average annual salary, and top 10%).

  • Human Resource Managers – $81,590; $125,280; equal or greater to $187,199
  • Training and Development Managers – $65,650; $113,200; $187,199*
  • Human Resources Specialists – $39,070; $69,450; $112,810
  • Labor Relations Specialists – $17,150; $47,260; $99,920
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – $42,020; $62,270; equal or greater to $95,600
  • Training and Development Specialists – $28,340; $62,630; $100,930
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – $25,630; $44,400; $60,490
  • Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping – $26,760; $42,840; $59,760

* This value is at or above $187,199 a year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salaries beyond $187,199 a year.

Job Growth Projections for Human Resources Professionals in Maryland

The field of human resources is promising for aspiring HR professionals in Maryland. According to the U.S. Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning, the field of human resources is expected to see strong job growth in Maryland during the ten-year period from 2012 to 2022.

  • Human Resource Managers – 242 new jobs expected
  • Training and Development Managers – 80 new jobs expected
  • Human Resources Specialists – 391 new jobs expected
  • Labor Relations Specialists – 17 new jobs expected
  • Compensation, Benefits and Job Analysis Specialists – 45 new jobs expected
  • Training and Development Specialists – 802 new jobs expected
  • Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks – 173 new jobs expected

Maryland’s Largest Employers of HR Professionals

Host Hotel and Resort, headquartered in Bethesda, which earns roughly $5.4 billion in annual revenue, is one of many Maryland companies that helped the state generate a $321.3 billion GDP in FY 2014.

Just some of the state’s top employers of HR professionals include:

  • Giant Food of Maryland, LLC, headquartered in Landover - 27,000 employees
  • Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore - 22,000 employees
  • MedStar Health headquartered in Columbia - 22,000 employees
  • Black & Decker Corp., headquartered in Towson - 22,000 employees
  • Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore - 15,759 employees
  • Constellation Energy Group Inc. headquartered in Baltimore - 8,700 employees

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