At a Glance

What is Human Resource Management?

People are organizations’ single most valuable asset. As a function, Human Resource Management
(HRM) is responsible for overseeing firms’ employees and developing smart organizational systems
that enable them to do great things. Human resource departments serve as stewards over all
elements of the employee life cycle including hiring, onboarding, developing, engaging, and retaining
the right people to achieve strategic goals. BYU Marriott HRM majors combine their knowledge of
organizational behavior, human resource practices, data analytics, change management, business
strategy, and Christlike leadership to create workplaces and cultures where employees can thrive
while making meaningful contributions to the world.

Careers in Human Resource Management

Human resource professionals’ main focus is to recruit, develop, engage and retain the employees of
an organization. They maximize an organization’s use of talent by finding and hiring capable
employees and providing them with opportunities to learn and improve. As the bridge between
managers and employees, they work to maintain positive employee relations and improve employee
experience and performance. They also oversee employee compensation and benefits and design
operations and systems needed to support the people functions of the organization. Professionals
may also focus their efforts on the organization as a whole by consulting with upper-level managers
to implement changes to leadership or to an organization’s structure, strategy, or culture.

Graduates typically begin their careers in HR Generalist roles that supports all these functions or HR
Specialist roles that focus on a single function such as recruiting, onboarding, learning and
development, people operations, total rewards, employee relations, etc. Other opportunities pursued
by our graduates include Human Capital Consulting and University-level Academic careers.