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Radio, TV & Digital Communication Major

12,518 yearly degrees
#79 in popularity
$87,000 median salary

Radio, television and digital communication is a major that typically falls into the Communication & Journalism category.

There are 152 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in digital communication, 360 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 87 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 10 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Digital Communication Degree?

Radio, television and digital communication runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #48 out of all the majors we track. In 2017, about 10,000 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this major. According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 51.7% of the graduates are women, and 48.3% are men.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of digital communication majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 4.4%
  • Black or African American: 10.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 18%
  • White: 54.6%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 5.5%
  • Other Races: 6.9%
Radio, TV & Digital Communication Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in digital communication. About 5.5% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending digital communication majors to the U.S. are China, South Korea and India.

What Will You Learn as a Radio, TV & Digital Communication Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to digital communication to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Digital Communication Majors

Digital communication majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Radio, TV & Digital Communication Majors

Skills for Digital Communication Majors

Digital communication majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Radio, TV & Digital Communication Majors

Abilities for Digital Communication Majors

Digital communication majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for digital communication Majors

What Can You Do With a Digital Communication Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with digital communication:

Careers Related to Radio, TV & Digital Communication
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Media and Communication Workers

10%

$48,330

Program Directors

12.2%

$71,680

Compliance Managers

8%

$107,480

Regulatory Affairs Managers

8%

$107,480

Broadcast News Analysts

-1.8%

$66,880

Talent Directors

12.2%

$71,680

Technical Directors/Managers

12.2%

$71,680

Film and Video Editors

17%

$62,650

Producers

12.2%

$71,680

Radio and Television Announcers

-11.6%

$33,220

Radio, TV & Digital Communication Major Salary

Average salaries range from $52,000 to $92,000 for careers related to digital communication. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Digital Communication Major  ( 52000 to 92000 )
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Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
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Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
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Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Radio, TV & Digital Communication Major Jobs

Some careers associated with digital communication 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 digital communication careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Radio, TV & Digital Communication
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

1%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

7.9%

Post-Secondary Certificate

3.5%

Some College Courses

6.9%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

6.4%

Bachelor's Degree

54.3%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

0.8%

Master's Degree

15.7%

Post-Master's Certificate

0.6%

First Professional Degree

2.3%

Doctoral Degree

1.3%

Post-Doctoral Training

0.8%

Online Radio, TV & Digital Communication Programs

There are 360 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in radio, television and digital communication, with 25 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Radio, TV & Digital Communication Major Worth It?

The median salary for a digital communication grad is $87,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 123% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $958,600 after 20 years!

radio, television and digital communication salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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