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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Career Opportunities

A doctoral degree in human resources and industrial relations will prepare you for a career as a researcher and teacher in a leading research university on topics pertaining to employment relations.

Most of these academic positions are either in business or industrial relations schools. The LER faculty cultivates relationships with their colleagues across the country and the world, and will be actively involved in preparing you for networking and conducting your job search.

Salary Information

Academic year salaries for first-year tenure-track assistant professors in business schools at leading research universities are typically $70,000 – $100,000. Also, these schools customarily provide summer salary support, travel support and a strong IT support system.

Universities that have hired LER doctoral graduates include:

Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Columbia University, Graduate School of Business
Purdue University, Krannert School of Management
University of Michigan, College of Business
Texas A & M University, Lowry Mays College and Graduate School of Business
Louisiana State University, College of Business Administration
University of Kansas, School of Business
Florida State University, College of Business
University of Iowa, College of Business Administration
University of Hawaii, College of Business Administration
Auburn University, College of Business
James Madison University, College of Business
University of New South Wales (Australia)
Thammasat University (Thailand), Faculty of Commerce
National Sun Yat-sen University (Taiwan), School of Human Resource Management
Korea University (South Korea)
Keio University (Japan), Faculty of Business
University of Alberta (Canada), Faculty of Business