Human Resources, Basic Certificate


Harold Washington

Program Code: 0419

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
BUSINES 271Human Resources Management3
BUSINES 273Organizational Behavior3
BUSINES 278Compensation & Benefits Administration3
BUSINES 279Human Resources Planning & Staffing3
Program Electives
Select a minimum of 6 credit hours of the following:6
The Legal & Social Environment of Business
Corporate Organizations: Understanding Business Processes
Data Visualization and Presentation for Business
Introduction to Computer Applications
Microcomputer Spreadsheets
Total Hours18


This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Human Resources. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn a Basic Certificate.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Student

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
BUSINES 271 Human Resources Management 3
Program Elective 3
Program Elective 3
Semester 2
BUSINES 273 Organizational Behavior 3
BUSINES 278 Compensation & Benefits Administration 3
BUSINES 279 Human Resources Planning & Staffing 3
 Total Hours18

Program Electives

BUSINES 214The Legal & Social Environment of Business3
BUSINES 213Data Visualization and Presentation for Business3
BUSINES 281Corporate Organizations: Understanding Business Processes3
CIS 120Introduction to Computer Applications3
CIS 123Microcomputer Spreadsheets3

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists

Job Description

Conduct programs of compensation and benefits and job analysis for employer. May specialize in specific areas, such as position classification and pension programs.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$51,711
Median 50th Percentile$78,005
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$127,237

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$25
Median 50th Percentile$38
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$61

Annual Job Openings

146 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less8.70%
A certificate4.35%
Some college8.70%
An Associate degree4.35%
A Bachelor's degree69.57%
A Master's or Professional degree4.35%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

73.92% continue their education beyond an associate degree