Entry requirements for Human Resources are different depending on the country, organisation, manager and strength of other applicants. I’ve worked in teams where everyone of us had at least a Bachelor’s degree, I’ve also worked in teams where I’ve been the only one with a degree in relevant areas. Much of this depends on the hiring manager, if your hiring manager has a degree then chances are they want to employ people that also have a degree (this ‘rule’ often applied regardless of your professional). If most employees in the organisation have a degree (I.e. law firms, accountancies, often information technology and telecommunications firms), then chances are they will want their HR Professionals to also have a degree.
There are some exceptions to this, while every Head of HR I’ve worked with has had a degree, many of the people in entry level roles (Payroll Clark, HR Administrator, Training Administrator) I’ve worked alongside haven’t had degrees. From my observations, and discussions with other professional there is a career level where degrees are very highly viewed, and while there are always exceptions I would strongly advocate that degrees are required for HR Professionals who wish to make a career in Human Resources.
So, what area/s should our degree be in? As HR is such a diverse discipline a wide range of degrees are relevant. For myself I have degrees in Psychology, Gender Studies and Sociology, with a post graduate qualification in Organisational Psychology. The majority of HR Professional I’ve worked alongside had degrees in law; labor relations, business and of course Human Resources, so these are good area to look into. Gaining a degree will also allow you to apply for Graduate Programs which are a fantastic way to kick start your career – they are of course highly competitive and sought after by graduates.