(Last Updated On: 09/03/2017)

What Can I Do With a Major in Journalism?

In school, journalism majors develop strong research and writing skills. These skills are incredibly useful in the working world, and have applications in hundreds of different occupations.

Nearly half of all journalism majors are employed in occupations that are very closely related to their area of study. These occupations include writers, editors, public relations specialists, photojournalists, and other similar occupations. The easiest way to break into these types of occupations is by getting an internship during college. Swing by your college’s career center to learn about the internship opportunities available to you.

Just about one quarter of people who study in journalism work in an occupation that isn’t at all related to their major. Many of these graduates work in marketing, sales, and administrative positions (like clerks, receptionists, and secretaries). The truth is, just about every employer in every industry has opportunities that are relevant for people with a journalism degree.

People who major in journalism make a mean salary of $50,000 per year, which is slightly less than the mean salary of all college graduates combined. However, these numbers don’t tell the whole story. Entry level journalism positions don’t normally pay very well, but more senior positions do. As their careers progress, people with a degree in journalism actually earn more than the mean salary for all college graduates.

Career Options for Journalism Majors

Below is a list of common career choices for people who major in journalism. This is not a comprehensive list, as journalism majors go on to do many interesting and wonderful things. However, it should give you a good idea of the types of work most commonly available to people who study journalism.

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
Archivist $45,200 $21.73 6,300 Normal Master’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
High School Teacher $53,230 $25.59 1,109,500 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Kindergarten Teacher $48,800 $23.46 179,520 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Lawyer $112,760 $54.21 759,190 Good Law Degree
Librarian $54,500 $26.20 159,940 Normal Master’s Degree
Marketing Manager $112,800 $54.23 175,570 Normal 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
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
Social Service Manager $57,950 $27.86 130,560 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Social Worker $42,480 $20.42 350,500 Good Bachelor’s degree
Technical Writer $63,280 $30.42 48,910 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Writer / Author $55,420 $26.64 145,900 Normal Bachelor’s Degree

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