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1,002 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
608 Master's Degrees Annually
#164 in Popularity
$73,090 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Communication & Journalism Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many communication and journalism (other) graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,002
Master’s Degree 608
Associate’s Degree 71
Basic Certificate 61
Doctor’s Degree 14
Graduate Certificate 14
Undergraduate Certificate 14

What Other Communication & Journalism Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to other communications 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 Other Communications Majors

Other Communications majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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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.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Other Communications Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to other communications:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • 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 Other Communications Majors

As a other communications major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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 Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Other Communication & Journalism Major?

People with a other communications degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Communications Professors 10.0% $68,910
Copy Writers 7.6% $62,170

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Other Communication & Journalism?

1,002 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
63% Percent Women
33% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,002 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism (other) in 2019, making it rank #164 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 63% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Communications Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 27
Black or African American 216
Hispanic or Latino 54
White 642
International Students 15
Other Races/Ethnicities 48

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Other Communications, too. About 1.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • Canada
  • Taiwan

How Much Do Other Communication & Journalism Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of communication and journalism (other) students with a bachelor’s degree is $33,500 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $27,625 (25th percentile) and $36,675 (75th percentile).

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

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $69,480 to $78,090 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to other 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 careers associated with other communications require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 other 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) 0.2%
Some College Courses 6.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 52.6%
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. 0.6%
Master’s Degree 27.6%
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. 0.7%
Doctoral Degree 5.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 3.3%

Online Other Communication & Journalism Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 130 schools offered some type of communication and journalism (other) 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) 9 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 12 1
Bachelor’s Degree 11 2
Post-Baccalaureate 9 1
Master’s Degree 23 4
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Communication & Journalism Worth It?

The median salary for a other 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 other communications.

Major Number of Grads
Communication & Media Studies 68,301
Public Relations & Advertising 20,156
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 16,150
Journalism 15,466
Publishing 297

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