Most companies now require at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in order to become a manager in human resources. While many two-year programs do exist, a prospective employee interested in a management position in this field would do well to invest in a four-year education to have the best prospects for advancement. Many human resources managers also continue their education throughout their career by earning certificates and additional degrees in the specific aspects of their field. A manager in human resources will also typically have several years of experience within the human resources field before being promoted to manager.

What are Human Resources Managers like?


Based on our pool of users, Human Resources Managers tend to be predominately enterprising people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Human Resources Managers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 2736 Sokanu users

Are Human Resources Managers happy?


Human Resources Managers rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 39th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Human Resources Manager Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Human Resources Managers

The most common degree held by Human Resources Managers is Business Management And Administration. 9% of Human Resources Managers had a degree in Business Management And Administration before becoming Human Resources Managers. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Human Resources graduates are the second most common among Human Resources Managers, representing 8% of Human Resources Managers in the Sokanu user base, which is 8.2 times the average.

Human Resources Manager Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Human Resources Manager, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Human Resources Managers % of population Multiple
Business Management And Administration 9.0% 6.5% 1.4×
Human Resources 8.1% 1.0% 8.2×
Psychology 7.8% 6.9% 1.1×
Communications 3.0% 3.3% 0.9×
English Literature 2.9% 4.9% 0.6×
Political Science 2.6% 2.9% 0.9×
Business 2.3% 2.4% 1.0×
Sociology 2.3% 2.1% 1.1×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.6% 2.2% 0.7×
Industrial And Organizational Psychology 1.4% 0.2% 8.6×
Economics 1.3% 3.9% 0.3×
History 1.3% 2.2% 0.6×
Accounting 1.1% 1.7% 0.6×

Human Resources Manager Education Levels

77% of Human Resources Managers have a bachelor's degree. 18% of Human Resources Managers have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 5%
Bachelor's degree 77%
Master's degree 18%
Doctorate degree 0%

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