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What Can I Do With This Major 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.

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 .

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
Pride Products Marketing Intern

The Heldrich Hotel Human Resources Summer 2014 Internship

The State Theatre Marketing & Public Relations Intern

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 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, 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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