What Can I Do With a Major in Communications?

Roughly twenty percent of communications majors go on to work in an occupation that’s closely related to their major. Broadcasters, radio announcers, writers, and public relations specialists are a few occupations that are considered closely related to this major.

But since those types of positions are so scarce and often require significant experience, not even one third of those with a communications degree work in a field that’s even loosely related to their major. Instead, many find work in education, sales, and marketing positions.

People who earn a degree in communications earn a median salary of $50,000, which is about ten percent less than the average salary for all college graduates. Graduates who just entered the workforce with a degree in communications earn about $37,000 per year on average, and their earnings increase over time.

The unemployment rate for people with a communications degree is also higher than average. However, if you’re passionate about communications and you’re willing to be flexible with your career options, there is no good reason why you can’t have a long and successful career in an area of your choosing.

Career Options for Communications Majors

Below is a list of common career choices for those who earn a degree in communications. This is not a comprehensive list, but it should give you a good idea of the types of jobs that communications majors most frequently choose.

Occupation Median Salary Median Hourly Current jobs Outlook Required Education
Advertising Manager $83,890 $40.33 44,640 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Advertising Sales Agent $45,350 $21.80 166,830 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Broadcast News Analyst $54,140 $26.03 6,600 Normal Bachelor’s degree
College Professor $62,050 $29.83 1,756,000 Good Graduate Degree
Copywriter $49,060 $23.59 151,680 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Editor $51,470 $24.75 129,600 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Elementary School Teacher $51,660 $24.84 1,549,520 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Film Editor $50,930 $24.49 25,530 Normal Bachelor’s degree
High School Teacher $53,230 $25.59 1,109,500 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Insurance Sales Agent $46,770 $22.49 434,770 Good Bachelor’s degree
Marketing Manager $112,800 $54.23 175,570 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Market Research Analyst $60,660 $29.16 249,810 Good Bachelor’s degree
Middle School Teacher $51,960 $24.98 659,460 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Photographer $42,869 $20.61 152,000 Normal On the job training
Producer $68,440 $32.90 122,500 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Public Relations Manager $91,810 $44.14 56,720 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Public Relations Specialist $52,090 $25.04 258,100 Good Bachelor’s degree
Radio Announcer $26,850 $12.91 394,420 Normal On the job training
Recruiter $52,690 $25.33 207,850 Good Bachelor’s degree
Real Estate Agent $40,030 $19.25 394,420 Good Bachelor’s degree
Real Estate Broker $54,910 $26.40 123,390 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Sales Manager $98,350 $47.28 346,860 Good Bachelor’s degree
Secretary $34,660 $16.66 2,019,970 Good On the job training
Technical Writer $63,280 $30.42 48,910 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Updated: 09/03/2017

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