Communication Sciences Major
Communication sciences is a major that typically falls into the Health Professions category.
There are 27 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in communication sciences, 286 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 294 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 161 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.
Who Is Getting a Communication Sciences Degree?
In 2017, roughly 11,600 communication sciences majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree. This makes it #44 in popularity of all the majors we track. The major attracts more women than men. About 95.6% of the recent graduates in this field are female.
At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of communication sciences majors is as follows:
- Asian: 4.6%
- Black or African American: 5%
- Hispanic or Latino: 15.7%
- White: 68.9%
- Non-Resident Alien: 1%
- Other Races: 4.8%
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in communication sciences. About 1% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending communication sciences majors to the U.S. are Canada, Saudi Arabia and China.
What Will You Learn as a Communication Sciences Major?
An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to communication sciences 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 Communication Sciences Majors
Communication sciences majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
Skills for Communication Sciences Majors
Communication sciences majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:
Abilities for Communication Sciences Majors
Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a communication sciences student include the following:
What Can You Do With a Communication Sciences Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with communication sciences:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Health Specialties Professors||25.9%||$97,370|
Communication Sciences Major Salary
Communication sciences majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $81,000 to $122,000. 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.
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 Communication Sciences Major Jobs
Some careers associated with communication sciences 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 communication sciences careers below.
|Level of Education||Percentage of Workers|
|Less Than a High School Diploma||0%|
|High School Diploma or Equivalent||0%|
|Some College Courses||0%|
|Associate's Degree or Equivalent||1.1%|
|First Professional Degree||1.2%|
Online Communication Sciences Programs
There are 286 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences, with 8 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 Communication Sciences Major Worth It?
The median salary for a communication sciences grad is $82,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 111% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $866,200 after 20 years!
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