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What career opportunities are with a communication degree?


What is communication?

Communication as an academic field relates to all that ways we communicate, so it embraces a knowledge. The information relates both to verbal and nonverbal messages.

Communication teachers and scholars have developed a definition of the field of communication to clarify it as a discipline for the public:

"The field of communication focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The field promotes the effective and ethical practice of human communication".

 

Did you know...

It is estimated that 75% of a person's day is spent communicating in some way. As a college student, 69% of your communication time is spent on speaking and listening. You spend 17% of your communication time on reading and 14% writing. To put it in another perspective: We listen a book a day, speak a book a week, read the equivalent of a book a month, and write the equivalent of a book a year.

 

Career Options:

There are many career paths that a person with a Communication Major can choose. Here are some job titles that former graduates with Communication Majors hold. Use this as an ideas list, remember that it represents some, but certainly not all of the careers you might consider. Some careers may take additional schooling.

 Business:

Management Manager
Personnel Recruiter Vice-president Human Resources
Trainer Director of Training and Development
Admissions Counselor Benefits Administrator
Sales Representative Executive Manager
Public Information Officer Industrial and Labor Relations
Negotiator Customer Service Representative
Newsletter Editor Human Resources Manager
Mediator Buyer
   

 Advertising:

 
Advertising Specialist Marketing Specialist

Copy Writer

Account Executive Manager
Media Planner Media Buyer
Creative Director Media Sales Representative
Public Researcher  
   

 Communication Education:           

 
Language Arts Coordinator High School Speech Forensics/Debate Coach
Drama Director Speech Communication Department Chairperson
School Counselor Education Researcher
Audiovisual Specialist Educational Administrator
Director of College News Educational Tester
Educational Fund-raiser Alumni Officer
   

Electronic Media/Radio    Television/Broadcasting:

 
Broadcasting Station Manager Director of Broadcasting
Film/Tape Librarian Community Relation Director
Unit Manager News Writer
Transmitter Engineer Technical Director
Advertising Sales Coordinator Market Researcher
Actor/Actress Announcer
Disc Jockey News and Relation Manager
Comedy Writer Casting Director
Producer Business Manager
Floor Manager Talk Show Host

 

 

 Journalism (Print or Electronic):

 

Reporter

Editor
Newscaster Author
Copy Writer Script Writer
News Service Researcher Technical Writer
Acquisitions Editor Media Interviewer
   

 Public Relations:

 
Publicity Manager Advertising Manager
Marketing Specialist Lobbyist
Corporate Public Affairs Specialist
Account Executive Development Officer
Sales Manager Media Analyst
Media Planner Creative Director
News Writer Public Opinion Researcher
   

 Theatre/Performing Arts:

 
Performing Artist Script Writer
Arts Administrator Performing Arts Educator
Costume Design Scenic Designer
Lighting Theatre Critic Makeup Artist
Stage Manager Model
Theatre Professor Casting Director
   

 Government/Politics:

 
Public Information Office Writer Legislative Assistant
Campaign Director Research Specialist
Program Coordinator Elected Official
   

 High Technology Industries:

 
Trainer for Communication Tech. Circuit Television Producer/Director
Systems Analyst Technical Copywriter
Language Specialist Cognition Researcher
  Audio & Visual Computer Display Specialist

 Communication and Health Care:

 
Health Educator School Health Care Administrator
Medical Grants Writer Hospital Director of Communication
Clinic Public Relations Director Health Communication Analyst
Research Analyst Medical Training Supervisor
Health Personnel Educator Medical Center Publications Editor
Hospice Manager Heath Care Counselor
Activities Director Marketing Director
   

International Relations and Negotiations:

 
On-Air International Broadcasting Corporate Representative
Translator Student Tour Coordinator
Diplomat Foreign Correspondent
   

 Law:

 
Public Defender Corporate Lawyer
District Attorney Private Practice Lawyer
Legal Researcher Mediation & Negotiation Specialist
Legal Secretary Legal Reporter
Legal Educator  
   

 Social and Human Services:

 
Public Administrator Social Worker
Recreation Supervisor Human Rights Office
Community Affairs Liaison Park Service Public Relations Specialist
Religious Leader Mental Counselor

Career Services Network also has publications on Communication Majors. Come to MOTT 208 for more information.

The above information has been collected from professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.



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For more information, please contact:

 
Jane P. Rhodes
Director, Career Services Network
320 South Main
Olivet, MI 49076
Phone:(269)749-6609
jrhodes@olivetcollege.edu


 



 

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