Communication & Journalism
Types of Degrees Communication & Journalism Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many communication and journalism graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Communication & Journalism Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to communication and journalism and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Communication & Journalism Majors
Communication and Journalism majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- 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.
- 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.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- 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 Communication & Journalism Majors
When studying communication and journalism, 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:
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- 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.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Abilities for Communication & Journalism Majors
Communication and Journalism majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:
- 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.
- 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.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
What Can You Do With a Communication & Journalism Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with communication and journalism:
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication & Journalism?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of communication and journalism majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||10,855|
|Hispanic or Latino||13,854|
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Communication & Journalism. About 3.9% of those with this major are international students.
How Much Do Communication & Journalism Majors Make?
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that communication and journalism students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $31,500 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $27,550 (25th percentile) and $35,100 (75th percentile).
One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to communication and journalism.
Salaries According to BLS
Communication and Journalism majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $52,430 to $90,930 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Communication & Journalism
Some degrees associated with communication and journalism may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.
Find out what the typical degree level is for communication and journalism careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||3.1%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||8.0%|
|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)||2.5%|
|Some College Courses||8.6%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||9.1%|
|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%|
|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.||0.6%|
|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.||1.4%|
Online Communication & Journalism Programs
In 2018-2019, 1,723 schools offered a communication and journalism program of some type. 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)||366||37|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||159||11|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||7||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||119||2|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Communication & Journalism Worth It?
The median salary for a communication and journalism 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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Majors Related to Communication & Journalism
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|Major||Number of Grads|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences||59,281|
|Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies||16,592|
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- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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