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What to do with Communcations Degree

By Edited Nov 12, 2015 0 0


So you have finished your four year degree in Communications and you start to wonder what do you do next?  Am I going to attend graduate school, move back home, job hunt, etc..?  Many times you may hear that this major is a simple major and you often see many people graduate with this degree.  By no means is a college education easy and your bachelor degree in Communications should nto be frowned upon.  Take advantage of having a college degree and know what direction you plan on taking it in.  By no means is finding a job in todays' economy an easy feat; but it is possible.  Hopefully throughout your college career you worked internships, volunteered, and got as much hands on experience as possible in the area of Communications you would like to enter to spruce up your resume a little bit.   The honest truth is that your application saying you have a bachelors degree in Communcations alone is not going to land you that first job.


     A majority of the job market you will be applying to is going to involve work that involves computers, writing, and speaking.  You might find jobs working at advertising agencies, tv and radio stations, private or non-profit organizations, and even with government administration.  You might also look into job titles that deal with public relations, fundrasising, healthcare adminsitration, and event planning.  A communcation degree will prepare you for a large area of specialized roles in society; it is up to you to choose what area you would like to make a career out of.


  • Marketing Communication Specialist - look to have great writing, editing, and presentation skills to enter this profession.  You will have the responsibility of working with sales and marketing management teams to represent a companys'  products and services to its' customers.  You may have to write letters, print brochures, write speeches for superior management, and create videos and displays to promote the certain product or service.   Jobs like these often require a 4 year degree in Communications, Journalism, or Advertising.


  • Editor - be able to work with writers (also a job for communcation majors) to make sure documents, speeches, or manuscripts are well written.  You are responsible for proof reading for correct punctuation and spelling; accurate data, dates and also make revision implications to publishers.


  • Public Information Officer - look to make a decent salary; often over 50 thousand dollars when entering this career.  Public information officers communicate information between their  organization and  media. They monitor the opinions and needs of their clients and report these concerns to management.  You will serve as a media liasion and conduct interviews with employees and company executives. While written and verbal communcation skills are great assets to obtain this job you will also need to be tech savvy to keep up with social media and planning awards ceremonies and events.


  • Speech Writer - when you think of speech writing, you automatically think politics and the president.  The question is who needs speech writers?  There are people who write speeches for people who have to go to weddings, award banquets, ceremonies, professional gatherings, politcal campaign trails, and so on.  You can self-promote yourself as a speech writing or you can get experience in the corporate world.


    There are many programs of interest you may look into whether it be a graduate program in communcations, media, journalism, public relations, human resources, and so on.  It requires an additional 2 years of schooling and more if you go for your PHD in certain areas.


So the question what to do with a communcations degree should now be answered.  The internet is full of job opportunities and websites to start searching for your next job, internship, and volunteer opportunities.  Remember, a college degreee is great, but experience and the ability to gain references increases you chances to excel in this field of study.




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