Careers in Communication
Communication Studies is a broad degree that can lead to job opportunities in many different fields, such as public relations/advertising, business, media, non-profit, and government. Skills and experiences gained through co-curricular activities, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering are essential for preparing you to be the best candidate for the most fulfilling job after graduation.
What can you do with a communication studies degree?
As a communication studies major, you have a competitive advantage. A degree in communication studies prepares you for a wide range of occupations and offers a skill set that employers are demanding more than all others: the ability to communicate effectively.
According to a 2010 American Management Association critical skills survey, effective communication- the ability to synthesize and convey ideas in written and verbal form- is one of the most important skills to have for a long and successful career.
In today’s job market, effective communication skills have never been more important. According to an American Management Association 2010 Critical Skills Survey, effective communication — the ability to synthesize and convey ideas in written and verbal form — is one of the most important skills to have for a long and successful career. Some graduates with a communication studies major enroll in graduate school or law school, while others pursue careers in:
|Media relations||Public relations|
|Corporate mediation||Nonprofit agencies (e.g., Peace Corps and Americorps)|
The job market is in high demand of employees who have proficient and superior communication skills, including:
- effective communication in both written and oral forms,
- working well in groups and teams,
- public speaking, and
- conflict resolution.
|Potential Career Areas:||Graduates have pursued careers as:|
|Business||Human Resources Professionals|
|Public Relations||Political Campaign Strategists|
|Law||Human Services Professionals|
|Peace Corps Volunteers|
Strategies to get the job you want
- Develop strong verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills
- Learn to work well on a team
- Join related professional organizations
- Gain experience through internships, part-time or summer jobs
- Develop computer skills
- Develop a portfolio of writing samples, ad campaigns, and other relevant work