There are so many moving parts and various functions that go into running a company. For instance, I work for a rather large Fortune 500 company, we have many different departments: Controlling, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales, Research & Development, and many others. It used to be that HR played a background role within a company, mainly handling interview, compensation requests, and employee disputes. Now they handle pension plans and investments, as well as the overall training regimen of the organization. The technical expertise that was once lacking in this area is becoming more well-rounded within any successful organization. I too once held a less than stellar opinion of human resource employees. After all, I am a finance guy, I deal with numbers and the cold hard facts, I prefer to ditch the intangible measurements altogether. Slowly as I see the inter-workings of a complex organization I can see the need for human resources more and more each day.
Many accredited schools have started to offer masters in human resources. The educational resources for HR professionals is becoming increasingly more abundant. It used to be that many accredited universities lacked any specialized HR training and/or degrees. During my tenure in college most HR aspiring students would get a general business degree and hope for the best after graduation. We are even seeing an international push for human resources as more people are receiving a CIPD qualification. A CIPD qualification is an important HR certification in the UK that is viewed upon favorably by employers. There are even three increasingly difficult levels of certification that can be achieved. Just as any degree, there are a lot of online offerings for HR degrees, as well as various certifications that are available to the public. Even if you have an undergraduate degree in a non-related field, a human resources degree can be useful and achieved through a masters program.