Types of Degrees Journalism Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many journalism graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Journalism Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to 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 Journalism Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in journalism should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- 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 Journalism Majors
journalism majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:
- 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.
- 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 Journalism Majors
A major in journalism will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- 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 Journalism Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with journalism:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Film and Video Editors||17.0%||$62,650|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of journalism majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||1,615|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,735|
Students from other countries are interested in Journalism, too. About 3.3% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
How Much Do Journalism Majors Make?
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism made a median starting salary of $30,000 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $26,900 (25th percentile) and $33,100 (75th percentile).
It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to journalism.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $51,630 to $78,090 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to journalism. 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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Journalism
Some degrees associated with 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.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to journalism have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||3.5%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||8.9%|
|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)||2.2%|
|Some College Courses||11.0%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||6.3%|
|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.||0.2%|
|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.||0.2%|
|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.||0.5%|
Online Journalism Programs
In the 2017-2018 academic year, 529 schools offered some type of journalism 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)||42||3|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||27||0|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||6||1|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Journalism Worth It?
The median salary for a journalism grad is $69,480 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 74% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $591,600 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Journalism
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to journalism.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Communication & Media Studies||68,023|
|Public Relations & Advertising||19,507|
|Radio, Television & Digital Communication||14,960|
|Communication & Journalism (Other)||1,920|
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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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