Career Opportunities for Majors in Labor Studies and Employment Relations


The Labor Studies major is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers, including those in human resources management, industrial relations, state and federal government agencies, and labor organizations. The function of managing labor relations is performed in all organizations; large and small, private and public, profit and Nonprofit.

The field of labor relations covers the relationship between the management of a company and its unionized employees. The labor relations staff interprets and administers contracts with respect to grievances, wages and salaries, employee welfare, health care, pensions, union and management practices. Entry level jobs for local and national unions include organizing, representation (bargaining or grievance handling) and specializing in research, education, legislative affairs, occupational safety and health, etc. Jobs as "neutrals" typically require a master's or law degree. Neutrals work in state organizations (Public Employees Relation Commission, state mediation board), federal agencies (National Labor Relations Board, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, Federal Labor Relations Authority), or are self employed.

Entry level workers usually enter formal or on-the-job training programs. Later, they may advance to a managerial position, overseeing a major element of the labor relations program. A master's degree or higher is desirable for individuals seeking these and general top management positions. Many choose to pursue master's degrees in labor studies, law, industrial relations, business or human resources management.

Regardless of your career aspirations, increase your marketability to employers through internships, related work experience, good grades, advanced coursework, and involvement in campus activities. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills, accomplishments, and related work experience while in school

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Account Representative Employee Relations Representative Labor Relations Manager
Affirmative Action Coordinator Employee Welfare Manager Lawyer
Arbitrator Employment Counselor Occupational Analyst
Compensation Manager Federal/State Mediator Personnel Consultant
Conciliator Human Resource Administrator Placement Manager
Dispute Resolution Specialist Industrial Relations Director Recruiter
EEO Representative Job Analyst Training Specialist
Employee Benefits Manager Labor Organizer Union Staff Representative

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Chambers of Commerce Insurance Companies Pharmaceutical Companies
Consulting Firms Labor Unions Real Estate Development Firms
Educational Institutions Law Firms Research Firms
Employee Benefit Firms Magazines/Newspapers Retail Stores
Financial Institutions Manufacturing Firms Transportation Companies
Healthcare Facilities Personnel agencies Utility Companies
Government Agencies
Bureau of Labor Statistics Int'l. Trade Administration Public Empl. Relation Commission
Department of Human Services Internal Revenue Service Small Business Administration
Department of Labor Legislative Affairs U.S. Customs Service
EEO Commission Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Federal Trade Commission Office of Personnel Management

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Labor Studies and Employment Relations

Organization Job Title
Alan Taylor Communications Account Executive
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Assistant Manager
Human Resource Dept. Asst. Personnel Admin
Johnson & Johnson Benefits Consultant
JVC Benefits Supervisor
DeVry Technical Institute Career Counselor
NJ Manufacturer's Insurance Co. Claims Adjuster
RWJ Hospital Community Health Coordinator
Rhone-Poulenc, Inc. Employee Benefits Admin
Caesar's Casino Employee Relations Specialist
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Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Labor Studies and Employment Relations

Kimberly-Clark Corp. Account Representative
Blue Cross-Blue Shield Administrator
Mason Gross School of the Arts Assistant Dean
First Fidelity Bank Assistant Manager
Hofstra University (PhD) Assistant Professor
Kalter, Kaplen & Zeiger (JD) Attorney
US Army Contract Specialist
Senate Republican Majority Director of Special Projects
Business Devel., Morrell & Assoc. Director
Corp. Labor Relations, J&J (MS Human Res.) Director
Prudential Insurance District Agent
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
Brooklyn Law School JD Law
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Nursing Medical Nurse
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Labor Studies and Employment Relations Labor and Employment Relations
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Labor and Employment Relations Human Resource Management
Rutgers -The State University of NJ Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Rutgers, Grad. Sch. of Education M.Ed.
Rutgers, Sch. of Mgmt. & Labor Relations MHRM
Rutgers, Sch. of Mgmt. & Labor Relations MLER Master's in Labor & Employment Relations

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