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

In overseeing everything from employee recruitment and retention to labor law compliance and beyond, Nevada’s human resource managers and specialists benefit from the state’s high-growth industries, which in recent years has included the high-tech, medical, and hospitality industries. In fact, Nevada’s economic diversification has led to a broadened economic base, economic growth, and more employers that are ready to hire.

More companies and more employees within those companies emphasize the need for professionals in human resources who nurture the employer-employee relationship and protect a company’s most important resource: human capital.

Growth in the number of HR management jobs mirrors the strong economy in Nevada and highlights plenty of opportunities for careers in human resources.

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation projects the following increases in employment among human resource management professionals through 2022:

  • Compensation and Benefits Managers: 82 new positions expected to open up by 2022
  • Human Resources Managers: 745 new positions expected to open up by 2022
  • Training and Development Managers: 146 new positions expected to open up by 2022

One of the easiest ways to track where the human resources jobs in Nevada are is to take a look at the state’s largest employers, most of which are found in Las Vegas’ hospitality, gaming, and tourism industry:

  • MGM Resorts International: 54,250 employees
  • Caesars Entertainment Corp.: 27,860
  • Station Casinos LLC: 13,000
  • Wynn Resorts: 11,720
  • Boyd Gaming Corp.: 9,350
  • Nellis U.S. Air Force Base: 9,185
  • Las Vegas Sands Corp.: 8,630
  • Boyd Gaming Corp.: 9,350
  • Las Vegas Sands Corp.: 8,630
  • Walmart Stores: 6,475
  • Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: 5,330
  • The Valley Health System: 5,267

Education and Certification Options for Human Resources Professionals

Jobs in human resources, particularly those for managerial-level and executive positions, generally require a solid educational foundation, which is achieved through the completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human resources or a related field.

Bachelor’s Degrees in Human Resources

Bachelor’s degrees in human resources may be structured a number of ways, thereby offering students a foundation in:

  • Liberal arts (Bachelor of Arts)
  • The sciences (Bachelor of Science)
  • Business leadership (Bachelor of Business Administration)

However, all bachelor degree programs in human resources offer similar core coursework in human resources, such as:

  • Organizational communication
  • Conflict management in organizations
  • Human resource management
  • Stress management in the workplace

Master’s Degrees in Human Resources

Master’s degrees in human resources provide students with the education needed to achieve a number of senior-level human resources positions, such as:

  • HR Director
  • Labor Relations Specialist/Manager
  • Human Resources Business Analyst
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Talent Acquisition Specialist/Manager

Master’s degrees in human resources, may feature a foundation in:

  • The liberal arts (Master of Arts)
  • The sciences (Master of Science)
  • Business leadership (Master of Business Administration – MBA)

Many times, these programs are titled as:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources
  • Organizational Development with a specialization in Human Resources

While students may choose a general course of study in human resources, master’s degree programs provide the ideal opportunity for students to focus on a specific area within human resources, such as labor law, compensation and benefits, or recruitment and selection.

Admission into these programs often requires the completion of specific undergraduate courses in business and finance, and many programs require a minimum undergraduate GPA.

Although grounded in different areas of study, all master’s degree programs in human resources prepare students to serve as business leaders who can apply strategic thinking and critical analysis and use their knowledge to best leverage the human resources of an organization.

Coursework found in a master’s degree in human resources management often includes:

  • Workforce Planning & Employment
  • Human Resource Development
  • Compensation Management
  • Global Human Resource Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations
  • Information Systems Management

Professional Certification for Professionals in Human Resources

Business leaders in human resources management often choose to earn a professional designation in human resources as a way to indicate to others their commitment to the profession. Although voluntary, many employers seek candidates who possess a nationally recognized professional certification, such as:

  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
    • SHRM-CP (certified professional)
    • SHRM-SCP (senior certified professional)
  • HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
    • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
    • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
    • Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)
    • Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP)
    • Human Resource Business Professional (HRBP)
    • California Certification for PHR and SPHR certified professionals

What Nevada’s Employers Look for in a Human Resource Professional

Job descriptions from recent posts provide an insight into what type of job responsibilities are associated with human resources professionals in Nevada and what it takes to qualify for a job in this field.

The following job posts detail both the job duties and the job requirements for a number of management/supervisory careers in human resources in Nevada (from a survey of job vacancies taken in May 2015, shown for illustrative purposes only):

Human Resources Analyst: Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Las Vegas

This position consists of performing data analysis related to human resources talent management strategies, supporting HR senior leaders and internal business partners, and supporting the HR team in their administration of HR policies, procedures, and practices.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and knowledge of the general principles and practices of HR management.

Senior Human Resources Generalist: Regional Transportation Commission, Las Vegas

This position involves performing complex professional-level human resources duties involving recruitment and selection, compensation, benefits administration, organizational development and training, employee relations, and contract administration.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in business administration or a closely related field and at least 4 years of demonstrated professional experience in one or more human resources disciplines.

HR Generalist: SLS Las Vegas

This position involves supporting the HR business partner in serving the HR needs of designated departments. This includes assisting in recruiting and staffing to ensure the right talent is sourced and onboarded within the organization and providing guidance on interpreting policies and ensuring the leadership within operating departments is able to manage and deliver customer service.

Preferred candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in human resources, a PHR certification, and at least 3 to 5 years of experience working within HR.

HR Specialist, Labor Relations: MGM Resorts, Las Vegas

This position involves tracking major labor and employment-related legislation in order to bring to the attention of the organization any potential adjustments to policies and procedures, and collecting and analyzing employment data as to better anticipate grievance trends.

Preferred candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree in hospitality, business administration, human resources, or a related field, PHR or SPHR certification, and at least one year of human resources generalist or related experience.

Employee Relations Manager: Clark County, Las Vegas

This position involves planning, organizing, assigning, supervising, reviewing, and evaluating the work of professional staff performing employee relations, Title VII investigations, and ADA accommodation activities, including research, contract interpretation and administration, and other employee relations activities.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree in business, human resources management, or a related field, along with at least 4 years of professional-level human resources work in the area of employee and labor relations.

Resources for Nevada’s HR Professionals

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