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Human Resources Management Consultant

Overview: Human resource management (HRM) consultants assist an organization's executives in the development of HRM programs dealing with employee recruitment and selection, motivation and productivity, compensation, training, etc. Some specialize in labor relations.
Duties: They confer with top executives in business firms, government agencies and other institutions regarding an organization's problems or needs in "people management" programs.

They interview managers and non-managers individually or in groups to identify causes of workforce problems...high turnover, poor productivity, job dissatisfaction, sexual harassment, etc.

They propose and design new HRM programs to remedy the workforce problems, often using employees' suggestions. They field test the new programs for effectiveness and make changes as needed.

Examples of HRM programs worked on include: recruiting and selecting new employees, developing training programs, redesign of jobs and the design of employee opinion surveys.

Degree(s): A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of human resource management consultants is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018. Consulting services is expected to be the fastest growing industry through the decade. Demand is attributed to economic growth and the continuing complexity of business which means need for advice, in part, on candidate selection, appropriate salaries and benefits for employees.
Salary Range (National Average): $40,000 to $46,000
Education Level: Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.
Additional Training/Education: An advanced degree at the master's level is often preferred with a major in human resource management, industrial-organizational psychology or industrial relations. A Ph.D. degree is an asset in HRM consulting. A bachelor's degree can qualify you for assistant positions. Course work in law, statistics and computer applications is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.