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Industrial Relations Specialist
|Overview:||Industrial relations specialists interview and survey workers in a business or government agency to assess their attitudes about work conditions and management. Their objective is to identify and resolve dissatisfactions and grievances affecting worker motivation and productivity.|
|Duties:||They design and conduct employee surveys in an organization to measure their satisfaction with the work conditions, their job and management practices.
They identify work design practices that can improve worker satisfaction such as providing workers with more autonomy, job challenge and responsibility.
They design management training programs to teach managerial skills and processes can be used to improve employee-manager relations.
They design communications and grievance channels that employees can effectively voice their concerns to management about the quality of their work life.
|Degree(s):||A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of industrial relations specialists is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Legislation and court rulings revising standards will increase demand. Additional job growth may occur in international industrial relations specialists and in outsourcing firms that develop and administer complex employee benefits and compensation packages for other organizations.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$32,000 to $36,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||A bachelor's degree or preferably a master's degree in industrial or labor relations with a concentration in human resource management is desirable. Courses in collective bargaining, organizational behavior, psychology, labor law, statistics and computer applications are becoming increasingly important.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.