Jobs You Can Get with a Communications Degree
You may or may not have had a specific career in mind when you enrolled in a communications degree or diploma program.
Luckily, the skills you acquire throughout your course of study will open the doors to a multitude of career options; both in careers directly related to the field, as well as those not directly related to it.
For examples (or to actually apply for jobs of course!) take a look at our "Job Board for Communications Students & Grads" below. It lists job openings that are relevant to communications, and other closely related academic fields.
Job Board for Communications Students & Grads
More On What You Can Do With a Communications Degree
The job postings above provide real-world examples of what you can do with this degree. But how does a degree in communications actually help you earn these jobs? Well, the short answer is, because of the skills it teaches you.
Across most disciplines and industries, communication skills are listed as the top skills required by Canadian and American employers, which gives communications graduates a wide range of career choices, whether they are choosing a communications career or not.
As for the long answer, it can be found below! So read on below if you’d like to know more about what you can do with a communications degree!
What You Learn as a Communications Student
Studying communications allows you to explore the ways in which communication constructs and reflects society and culture.
A degree in communications also helps you develop specialized skills for a career in our rapidly evolving communication landscape. Technological advances and the explosion of online communication have created a demand for skilled, articulate and professional communicators.
Undergraduate and graduate communications programs aim to educate individuals for roles requiring strategic or technical communication, writing and editing, and digital communication production. Skills learned as a communications student are applicable to careers in journalism, politics, marketing and many other professional sectors.
Communications coursework provides you with the knowledge, applied skills and general competency to communicate ideas effectively to a variety of audiences. It also allows you to investigate methods of communication in-and-across a variety of media, including speech, writing, television, film, radio, digital media and interactive entertainment and the internet.
Communications programs typically offer co-operative education, practicum or experiential learning opportunities that enable students to develop and apply their skills outside of the classroom.
Employable Skills Directly Related to Communications
As a result of this education, you have a chance to develop a set of refined communications skills. These skills are important, because whether it’s an email message, oral presentation, résumé, newspaper or magazine article, advertisement, instruction manual, travel brochure, novel, bus billboard, or web page, communications material must be written and presented in a clear and compelling style in order to appeal to the intended audience.
Refined communications skills are important both for communicating internally with one’s organization, as well as externally with the customers, vendors and other stakeholders of that organization. These skills aren't only applicable to communications careers, they applicable in almost any career.
Career Guides: Directly Related to a Communications Degree
Now that you have an idea of what skills you can list on your resume, it's time to find out what careers you can pursue with your communications degree. Communications specific skills are directly applicable to the following careers:
Other Employable Skills
Apart from the technical skills that are specific to a communications degree or diploma, you will also develop fundamental professional skills through your studies. You can apply these general skills to many careers not directly related to communications:
• Non-verbal and social skills
• Effective listening skills
• Strong public-speaking skills
• Effective conflict resolution skills
• Competitive leadership skills
• Ability to work efficiently independently or in a team
• Organizational communication fluidity
Other Career Guides
Careers you can pursue based on the above-mentioned general skills include (but are not limited to):
Please Note: Some careers specifically related to a communications degree, as well as some of those indirectly related to it, may require further education and training. Please visit the career guide of the individual career, by clicking on the link, to find out more about these requirements.
Communications Graduate Salary
You may be curious as to what kind of salary you can expect to earn when you first enter the workforce with a degree in communications. The truth is, it can vary widely, based on what field you enter, what other skills you have, what region you work in, and many other factors.
Communications Graduate Salary United States: According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) September 2014 Salary Survey, the average starting salary for communications degree graduates from the class of 2014 is $48,253.
This is compared to the average starting salary for all 2014 College graduates, which is $48,707 per year. Unfortunately, no similar data is available for Canada.
Gain Work Experience as a Student: Internship Opportunities
Pursuing an internship or co-op position is a great way to gain work experience while you’re still a student. As an added bonus, you’ll earn school credit while doing so!
An internship, or other form of work placement opportunity, is the best way to find out firsthand what it may be like during the first few months or years of a career in communications.
These opportunities may be arranged by school administration as part of your communications program. If they are not, talk to your professors and school career counselors about any opportunities they are aware of. Either way, try to gain as much of this experience as you can while you are still a student.
Job Postings for Communications Students and Graduates
Whether you're a communications student looking for a job to help you pay for school, or a graduate looking for an entry or mid-level job, our job board has opportunities directly and indirectly related to your communications degree.
Are you a communications major looking for help paying for school? Search our scholarships database for Canadian and American communications specific scholarships.
Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any and all scholarships for which you qualify, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships in Canada and the United States that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants.
Professional Associations in Communications
To find out more about careers related to your communications degree or diploma, consult the following professional association websites. They offer career-related information, professional articles and resources, and some also have job postings.