If you want to know the degrees that matters to hiring managers, the best way to find out is networking with recruiters. To that end, a half-dozen human resource professionals were surveyed. These professionals worked with job seekers across a wide range of industries in both private and public sectors; they unanimous stated that a college degree matters more now than ever, but getting the right degree is extremely beneficial. In this article, we will look at five degrees human resource managers considered as the most valuable while hiring employees.
Health Care & Nursing
Hiring managers surveyed by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) in 2010, overwhelmingly listed health care & nursing degree holders among the top priority in hiring. With the population of the United States aging, demand for nurses, nursing assistants and nutritionists are on the rise. The most popular courses of health care & nursing degree regard to health care administration, apart from training registered nurses, nursing assistants and medical assistants. While home health aides earned an average annual salary of $21,440, the annual average income of medical assistants are $28,300. Registered nurses take home $62,450 annually while health care managers top the bill earning $80,240 per annum.
Corporate consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas surveyed 100 human resource professionals in 2010 and their studies showed that business graduates were heavily in demand, second only to health care professionals. A specialized degree in human resource, accounting or finance, in particular, can make you very employable. The most popular courses of business degrees are human resources, finance, business administration and accounting. While employment specialists earned an average annual salary of $45,470, the annual average income for accountants are $59,430 and financial managers top the bill earning $99,330 per annum.
Information Technology (IT)
The SHRM survey of human resource professionals in 2010 showed that a large number of high-tech companies are looking for prospective employees with computer science degree and graduates are in high demand. The most popular courses for information technology degrees are database technology, computer science, network administration and information systems. While network administrators earned an average annual salary of $66,310, the annual average income of database administrators are $69,740 and computer scientists top the bill among IT professionals by earning $97,970 per annum.
Education & Teaching
The Department of Labor has revealed that there are no growth witnessed in the employment of educators, teachers and administrators. They are among those with steadily increasing employment potential and the trend is expected to continue, especially in regard to teachers of bilingual education, math and science. In tough urban locations, the demand for teachers are highest. The most popular courses of education and teaching degrees are learning leadership, teaching certificate, special education and K-12 education. While childcare administrators earned an annual average salary of $39,940, the annual average income of elementary school teachers are $52,570. Middle school teachers earn $52,570 while their counterparts in high schools earn $54,390. High school principals top the bill among education professionals by earning $97,486 per annum.
Culinary & Hospitality
A workforce dominated by young people with high turnover rates and boosted demand for employees in the culinary and hospitality industries, which trends show no sign of abating soon. The department of labor reveals that meeting and convention planners can expect a significant number of job opportunities over the next decade. The most popular courses of culinary and hospitality degree are restaurant management, marketing and communications, baking and pastry, and culinary arts. While travel agents earned an average annual salary of $30,570, the annual average income of chefs and head cooks are $38,770. Meeting and convention planners earn $44,260 while lodging managers earned $45,800. Food service managers top the bill among culinary and hospitality professionals by earning $46,320 per annum.