What Can I do with a major in Communication Studies?
A degree in Communication Studies helps you develop practical communication skills for engagement around campus, in the workplace, at home, in society, and in the world. Students who earn a degree in Communication Studies successfully find employment opportunities in a variety of areas where effective interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, ethical, and media savvy communication expertise is required. Examples of communication careers include, but are not limited to, teaching, sales, human relations, customer service, social services, management, public relations, advertising, media, fund raising, law, politics, consulting, and publishing. The good news, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, is that nine of the possible career paths mentioned above will be the biggest generators of new jobs over the next ten years.
Communication skills frequently top the list of skills that employers desire in employees. For example, a survey of the top Fortune 500 companies indicated that strong communication skills were the most important skills in job effectiveness. Furthermore, 50% of these same companies indicated that job applicants were lacking in communication skills. Therefore, acquiring communication skills can give a job applicant a competitive edge in today's tight job market.
Furthermore, the Department of Labor states that among the most important qualities for high job performance are: listening, speaking, creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, reasoning, self-esteem, sociability, self management, integrity, and honesty--all of which are skills and qualities that we help you to perfect as a Communication Studies scholar.
So, what can you do with a communications studies degree? Perhaps the better question is, “What can’t I do with a communication studies degree?” Because graduates of Communication Studies programs learn valuable communication skills, they are attractive to employers in a wide range of industries, for a wide range of positions.
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