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What Can I Do With A Communications Major?

As a communications major, you will learn to describe, explain, analyze, interpret, and criticize communication.  These skills, alongside the cultivation of critical thinking skills, speaking/writing skills, and a practical understanding of communication theory, will open the door to a broad and vast career field.  An undergraduate education in this field provides a solid background for roles in media, business, law, public service, and education.  Because the modes of communication continue to rapidly evolve (10 years ago did we ever even consider career prospects in social media?!?), communication is critical to organizations and to initiatives.  As the world of communication progresses, the need for strategic, flexible, articulate and creative leaders will continue to rise.
So.  What will you do with a communications major?  The opportunities are endless.  Some specific areas of employment include but are definitely not limited to:

  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Web Development
  • Broadcast News
  • Media Production
  • Media Writing
  • Event Planning
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Specialists
  • Speechwriters
  • Training & Development
  • Research

Graduate School: Many students take their undergraduate degree and move forward towards a more specialized degree.  These degrees can be in a specific method of communication – journalism, broadcasting, film production, graphic design, etc. – or a broader area of communications management such as public relations or business.
Finally, an undergraduate degree in communication studies can be the foundation of a career in research.  Communications is a social science and the opportunities for the study of human society knows much depth.  If you’re interested in rhetoric, movements and campaigns, popular culture, gender studies or social justice, research in communications may be for you.
Regardless, remember that the job market that exists today is vastly different than the one that will exist when you graduate from college 5, 6, 7, or 10 years from now.  What you study in university will be the building blocks to your career, and you have the freedom and the power to use these years to build your future and the future of the world.

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