What You Can Do with an HR Degree Besides Being an HR Officer

September 26, 20191:44 pm2915 views

HR degree will allow you to work in various HR fields such as becoming HR generalist or specialist, working in a managerial sector, pursuing a career as a human resource clerk, or some others. And yet – human resource study is a broad field, thus, it allows you to choose a different career path other than becoming a human resource officer.

So, are you considering to lead a different career path? Read on the following article to give you better insight into a career you can pursue with an HR degree.

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Broad opportunities of HR degrees

As stated earlier, human resources is a broad field of study so you can choose a varied career path. You can branch and focus on a particular area of HR fields or you can work for a consulting or hospitality firm, providing specialised knowledge to other industries. Starting your own business will also come easier as you have great knowledge in how to shortlist and connect with clients and people.

According to a study published by Prospects Luminate, almost half of human resource management graduates are employed in a business with more than a third working as human resources and industrial relations officers. 16.4 percent are working in secretarial positions and 8.5 percent become managers. Meanwhile, almost 20 percent of graduates choose to work in different roles such as data scientist or mediator. Over a tenth (11.9 percent) undertake further study in human resources.

Job available for human resource graduates outside human resource areas

The study indicates that HRM graduates have wide opportunities to choose and/or consider other career fields other than working in human resource roles. Here are some jobs you can consider pursuing with your HR degree based on Luminate study.


  • These are just a few considerations, employers today accept applications from graduates with any degree subjects in consideration of having skills and abilities needed.
  • All the indicators are taken from Pay Scale
1. Life coach and advisor

Brief responsibility

Life coach means you need to identify strengths and provide sustainable development for your clients as well as helping them improve their emotional condition such as self-awareness and mindfulness. You also need to work together with clients to reach goals and work towards progress.

Salary information

As a life coach, you will likely be self-employed and the average hourly salary is US$32.42. Yet, as an experienced practitioner, you could charge more than this worth, approximately US$100 per hour.

2. Data scientist

Brief responsibility

Studying human resource degree gives you experience in becoming a data-centric individual. A data scientist will require you to skillfully collect and use large amounts of data from predicting to finding patterns of consumers, clients, etc. You will also need to be convenient in extracting and interpreting using algorithmic, data mining, AI, machine learning, or other scientific tools.

Salary information

A data scientist can make up to US$134k per year with the median salary is US$96,089 annually.  

3. Higher education lecturer

Brief responsibility

You will require to teach, deliver lectures, seminars, and tutorials on academic or vocational subjects, especially in HR subjects, to students or general attendants. As a lecturer, you should have the ability to design, prepare, and develop courses for teaching materials. You might also need to conduct your own research as a contribution to your departments or institutions.

Salary information

The salary will depend on the department and country you teach in. In Singapore, you could receive an average yearly salary up to S$99,782 (US$72,432). While in Australia, the average salary of HE lecturer is AU$92,086 (US$62,347) annually.

4. Trade union research officer

Brief responsibility

You will need to carry out similar duties to policy officers, such as informing activities and strategic development of trade unions. You will need qualitative and quantitative methodology research skills as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Salary information

The average salary of a union researcher is around US$60,000 yearly and with a few years of experience, you can expect more.

5. Instructional coordinators

Brief responsibility

Different from being a lecturer, an instructional coordinator is a job where you need to plan and conduct training program and conference dealing with teaching aids, instructional materials and equipment, and classroom procedures. You will work side by side with a lecturer to provide good learning outcomes. You also need to obverse, research, evaluate, and prepare recommendations curricula and/or policy in educational sectors.

Salary information

You can make up to US$74,000. The average salary is US$60,112 while the hourly salary is around US$19.

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