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Corporate Communications

835 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
72 Master's Degrees Annually
#174 in Popularity
$73,090 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Corporate Communications Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many business/corporate communications graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 835
Master’s Degree 72
Basic Certificate 44
Associate’s Degree 9
Graduate Certificate 8

What Corporate Communications Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to business communications were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Business Communications Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in business communications should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Business Communications Majors

When studying business communications, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Business Communications Majors

Business Communications majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Corporate Communications Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with business communications:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Business Professors 18.0% $83,960
Copy Writers 7.6% $62,170
Technical Writers 10.9% $71,850

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications?

835 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
66% Percent Women
46% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 835 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business/corporate communications in 2019, making it rank #174 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 66% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of business communications majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Business Communications Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 72
Black or African American 117
Hispanic or Latino 163
White 384
International Students 47
Other Races/Ethnicities 52

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Business Communications. About 5.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • India
  • Germany
  • South Korea
  • Vietnam

How Much Do Corporate Communications Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

According to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education, students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business communications have a median salary of $36,300 during the early years of their career. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $36,125 (25th percentile) and $38,075 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a business communications degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $69,480 to $75,500 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to business communications. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with business communications may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to business communications have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.7%
Some College Courses 7.5%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 10.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.2%
Master’s Degree 11.8%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.4%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 24.5%

Online Corporate Communications Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 72 schools offered some type of business/corporate communications program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 10 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 1
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
Post-Baccalaureate 10 2
Master’s Degree 9 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Corporate Communications Worth It?

The median salary for a business communications grad is $73,090 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 83% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $663,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to business communications.

Major Number of Grads
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 23,738
Business Support & Assistant Services 19,483
Hospitality Management 19,042
Management Information Systems 14,747
Entrepreneurial Studies 10,427
International Business 10,181
Business/Managerial Economics 6,345
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 5,873
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,834
General Sales & Marketing 5,734
Real Estate 5,700
Construction Management 3,664
Insurance 2,218
Taxation 1,783
Telecommunications Management 71

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