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Bachelors and Masters Programs for a Human Resources Management Career in Delaware

Delaware’s HR professionals work with the state’s public and private employers to ensure the most efficient management of their human capital. This includes vetting, interviewing, training, and supporting the staff that are part of the state’s economic engines in the healthcare, finance, and defense sectors. A company’s success or lack thereof reflects the strength of its HR department.

To attract the best human resources professionals possible, Delaware-based companies offer some of the highest average salaries in the nation for these professionals, as reflected in these recent 2015 statistics from the US Department of Labor:

  • Human Resources Managers – Delaware offers the second-highest average salary for these professionals out of all states in the nation
  • Administrative Service Managers – Delaware offers the third-highest average salary for these professionals nationwide
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists – Delaware offers the third-highest average salary for these professionals nationwide

Featured Programs:

Capella offers 100% online DBA, PhD, MS, and BS degrees in Human Resources Management. These programs are designed to prepare you to enhance the performance of organizations and to foster innovative workplaces whether you are new to Human Resources or a seasoned professional. Click here to request information about Capella's Human Resource Management degrees.

Benedictine University offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management. Courses in the concentration are 100 percent online and examine employee recruitment strategies, performance and appraisal management, compensation and benefits administration, and employment law. Students may be able to transfer up to 90 credits from previous undergraduate work. Classes start every eight weeks – Click here to learn more.

The University of Scranton's online Master of Science in Human Resources program offers a curriculum that fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The rigorous coursework integrates the most up-to-date research and incorporates human resource best practices to illustrate how HR professionals achieve organizational goals. Click here to request information.

Offered within the Haub School of Business, which holds dual AACSB International accreditation, the MS in Strategic Human Resource Management from Saint Joseph's University's program will transform you into a strategic partner within your HR profession. Click here to request information

Besides offering high average salaries, Delaware can also boast some impressive job growth projections. The Delaware Department of Labor expects strong job growth during the ten-year period leading up to 2022:

  • Training and Development Specialists – 16 percent through 2022
  • Administrative Services Managers – eight percent growth through 2022
  • Human Resource Specialists – five percent growth through 2022

Delaware’s unemployment rate of just 4.5 percent continues to fall, and in a 2013 Gallup poll the state ranked third for having the highest level of job creation rate in the nation. A growing workforce signals a growing demand for skilled HR professionals, who are responsible for keeping the state’s private industry and government services running as efficiently as possible. The top employers in Delaware are also those with the biggest and most influential HR departments:

  • Integrity Staffing Solutions – employs 66,803
  • State of Delaware – employs 33,459
  • Christiana Care Health System, Hospital, and Adult Medicine – employs 20,800
  • US 436 Military Airlift Wing – employs 7,000
  • Mountaire Farms of Delaware – employs 3,310
  • Bayhealth Medical Center – employs 3,000
  • BNY Mellon Wealth Management – employs 3,000
  • Dover Air Force Base – employs 3,000
  • Allen Harim Foods – employs 2,800
  • Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals – employs 2,500

Exploring Human Resources Careers in Delaware

HR careers in Delaware can be divided between the state’s two primary sectors:

  • Private sector (non-farm) – source of 540,283 jobs statewide according to the US Department of Commerce
  • Public sector – responsible for a total of 74,262 jobs statewide according to the US Department of Commerce, which can be divided into two further categories:
    • State and local government jobs – 59,570
    • Federal, military and civilian jobs – 14,692

Private Sector HR Careers

Senior Recruiter with Integrity Staffing Solutions in Wilmington – As the state’s leading staffing company, Integrity Staffing Solutions offers many career opportunities in the field of HR. This senior recruiting position involves implementing strategies that ensure this company attracts, sources, and recruits the best talent possible. Other job duties include identifying hiring needs while working closely with senior management and HR staff.

Employee Relations Specialist with Christiana Care Health System in Newark – This professional provides effective people management guidance and consultation with the goal of resolving problems. Additional job duties include the interpretation and communication of company policy, implementing disciplinary actions, facilitating employee relations training programs, and organizing materials with legal professionals in response to EEO civil suits and unemployment hearings.

Employee Relations Manager with Mountaire Farms of Delaware in Millsboro – This professional will be responsible for ensuring employees comply with company policy, state law, and federal regulations. As such, duties include conducting employee investigations to resolve production concerns and complaints, recommending corrective action, preparing legal materials for presentation in court, and meeting EEO requirements.

Government Sector HR Careers

Human Resources Administrator with the State of Delaware – This professional is responsible for implementing, directing, planning, and administering major HR policies or the HR department of a major state agency. An important part of this position is maintaining a working relationship with other administrators and labor organizations.

Human Resources Administrator with the City of Wilmington – While this professional may be required to perform all services associated with HR, an emphasis is placed on filling job vacancies and recruitment for all city departments. Other duties can also include employee training, determining unemployment compensation, and producing an employee newsletter.

Human Resources Assistant (GS-07) with the Department of the Air Force in Dover – This professional carries many responsibilities which include monitoring incapacitation pay requests, researching the Unit Personnel Record Group (UPRG), providing procedural guidance to commanders and supervisors, and ensuring the accuracy of information in the Real Time Automated Personnel Identification System (RAPIDS).

The Right Education for a Career in Human Resources

A college education in human resources is one of the most important qualifications future HR professionals can pursue. Many begin their careers as HR generalists and specialists by earning a bachelor’s degree in human resources. For those that advance to leadership positions in upper-level management, a master’s degree or specialized MBA with a concentration in HRM (human resource management) is often the right choice.

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources

In addition to campus-based human resources undergraduate programs available through Delaware schools, students also have further options with online programs and blended programs that combine distance and classroom-based learning.

These programs start with basic courses that will prepare students for a more in-depth study of the HR field:

  • Desktop business applications
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to accounting
  • Critical writing
  • Introduction to human resources management
  • Management and organizational behavior
  • Business statistics
  • Business law
  • Operations management
  • Talent acquisition and management

With a bachelor’s degree in human resources, applicants can fulfill the education requirements for the following positions (from a survey of vacancies conducted in May 2015 and shown for illustrative purposes only):

  • Senior Recruiter with Integrity Staffing Solutions in Wilmington – Candidates for this position are required to have a bachelor’s degree and a complete understanding of HR, and especially recruitment, fundamentals
  • Employee Relations Specialist with Christiana Care Health System in Newark – Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to Human Resources
  • Employee Relations Manager with Mountaire Farms of Delaware in Millsboro – Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business, or a related field
  • Human Resources Administrator with the State of Delaware – Applicants can qualify for this position with a bachelor’s degree in a field related to Human Resource Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, Political Science, or Psychology
  • Human Resources Administrator with the City of Wilmington – Candidates for this position must have at least a bachelor’s degree in a field related to Human Resource Management, Public Administration, or Business Administration

Master’s Degree in Human Resources – MBA in Human Resource Management

Just as an undergraduate degree can be a requirement for entry-level HR careers, a master’s degree can be a requirement for more advanced leadership. Graduate programs are commonly offered as a Master of Science in Human Resources, or as a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management. There are at least two schools in Delaware that offer such programs, with additional options for online completion.

While each school will have its own admission requirements, prospective students can start thinking now about some of the more common admission criteria:

  • Any bachelors degree
  • Completion and minimum GPA in HR core undergraduate courses
  • Minimum cumulative GPA
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Admission to the general college or university
  • Minimum GRE or GMAT scores

As part of a graduate program in human resources management, students can expect to study topics like:

  • Advanced organizational theory and design
  • Law, regulations, and the workplace
  • International human resources
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Accounting and financing for HR management
  • Decision making analysis
  • Organizational talent acquisition
  • Advanced personnel training and management
  • Strategic HR management
  • Marketing strategies

Some schools also offer a graduate certificate in HR Management. These certificate programs can take around two semesters to complete and cover many of these advanced graduate topics. A graduate certificate demonstrates completion of relevant master’s-level education in the field of HR.

Candidates can fulfill the education requirements for the following jobs with a master’s degree in human resources management (from a survey of vacancies conducted in May 2015 and shown for illustrative purposes only):

  • Senior Recruiter with Integrity Staffing Solutions in Wilmington – Applicants for this position are preferred to have an advanced academic degree
  • Employee Relations Specialist with Christiana Care Health System in Newark – Candidates are preferred to have a masters degree and related experience
  • Human Resources Assistant (GS-07) with the Department of the Air Force in Dover – Candidates can qualify for this position by having at least one year of masters-level education or exceptional academic performance as an undergraduate, according to the federal General Schedule (GS) classification system
  • Human Resources Supervisor with the Lake Forest School District in Bear – Applicants must have a masters degree in a field related to Human Resource Management or Educational Leadership
  • Senior HR Manager of Compensation and Benefits with Solenis in Wilmington – Candidates can qualify for this position with a masters degree and at least eight years of HR experience

Professional HR Certification

As opposed to graduate HR certifications, professional HR certifications are sponsored by national agencies that offer their brand to qualifying candidates. Professional certification can fulfill employment qualification requirements or be a preferred trait for hire. Some examples of HR certification agencies include:

  • International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR), which offers the IPMA-CP certification for HR professionals who have qualified through one of these routes:
    • Eight years of HR experience which includes at least one year in the public sector
    • An associates degree and six years of HR experience which includes at least one year in the public sector
    • A bachelors degree and four years of HR experience which includes at least one year in the public sector
    • A masters degree or higher with two years of HR experience which includes at least one year in the public sector

  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), sponsoring the Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) credential for candidates who have qualified in one of the following ways:
    • Four years of work experience in human resources
    • Some college education in an HR field plus three years of related work experience
    • Bachelors degree in an HR field plus one year of related work experience
    • Masters degree in an HR field plus current related employment

Examples of some jobs that either require or prefer a professional HR certification include:

  • Human Resources Administrator with the State of Delaware – candidates can qualify for this position by having a certification issued by the PHR or the IPMA-HR
  • Human Resources Administrator with the City of Wilmington – candidates for this position are preferred to have a certification from the PHR or the IPMA-HR
  • Human Resources Specialist III with the State of Delaware
  • Human Resources Manager with Hologic in Newark
  • Human Resources Manager with Dentsply International

Local Resources and Major Employers for HR Professionals in Delaware

HR professionals in Delaware will find they have access to a number of resources throughout their local area and the state:

Professional HR Organizations

Major HR Departments

Professional Staffing Agencies

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