A Bachelors Degree in Employment and Labor Relations

Among several career paths, students may choose to pursue a career as a human resource manager or specialist in the private, public, for non-profit sector, including a career as a labor relations specialist. Students may also pursue a career working for a labor organization as a staff specialist or pursue an advanced degree in law or business.


Transferable Skills

This degree is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes problem-solving and critical thinking as well as written and verbal communications skills, including:

  • Problem identification, analysis, and solving
  • Conflict resolution and negotiations
  • Career development and planning


Some Careers in Employment and Labor Relations

CareerMedian Salary
Human Resources Manager$104,400 
Compensation and Benefits Manager$111,430 
Human Resource Specialist$58,350 
Labor Relations Specialist$58,820 
Training and Development Manager$102,640 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook

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Graduate Study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in:

  • Law
  • Business


Additional Information

Contact Career Services at http://www.careerservices.wayne.edu/

Students in labor and employment relations often pursue careers in businesses, federal, state, and local governments, and non-profit organizations, such as unions.  They work as human resource managers, labor relations managers, human resource and labor relations specialists, and as professional staff for labor and community-based organizations.  Specialists can be found in such areas as recruiting, compensation and benefits, training and development, and talent management.  There are also human resource generalists in the field.  Networking is critical to the job search process as is acquiring relevant experience and skills, through work-related activities, including internships.  For more information about careers in labor and employment relations, including human resource management, see the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on job outlooks in these areas (Job Outlook for Human Resoruces Specialist and  Job Outlook for Human Resources Managers); the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit.  Also consider networking in these organizations and the Metro Detroit Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association and the Michigan Public Employer 

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