Other Communication & Journalism
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|
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:
- 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
other communications 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.
- 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
A major in other communications will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- 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?
Below is a list of occupations associated with other communications:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Other Communication & Journalism?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other communications majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||216|
|Hispanic or Latino||54|
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:
- Saudi Arabia
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).
It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in other communications, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their 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.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Other Communication & Journalism
Some degrees associated with other 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.
Find out what the typical degree level is for other communications careers below.
|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%|
|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%|
|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%|
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|
|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!
Top Ranking Lists for Other Communication & Journalism
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Majors Related to Other Communication & Journalism
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|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- 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
- Image Credit: By Josh Hallett under License
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