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, or 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 hone 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?” Graduates of the Communication Studies Program learn valuable communication skills that make them attractive to employers in a wide range of industries, for a wide range of positions.
Watch our video explanation on what Communication Studies is and what you can do with a degree in this field! (Created by our very own Communication Studies Majors!!!)
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*Still not convinced?! Take a look at these well known Communication Studies Graduates:
29 Famous People You Never Knew Had Communication Degrees (by Chase Fleming)
*Sneak-a-peek at the career possibilities of being a Communication Studies Graduate:
What to Do with A Degree in Communication (this article by Dawn Rosenberg McKay lists the top 10 occupations Communication Majors go into)
14 Communication Degree Jobs (Alison at University Language takes a very realistic perspective to the possibilities of graduating with a Communication Degree)
Career Options (Olivet College lists an abundance of career options you might pursue after graduating with your Communications Degree)
Keep in mind you can tailor your Communication Course Requirement Courses as you learn your interests and which careers you are most drawn to and hope to pursue. The common lists of "what to do with the degree" that you may come across are not always (if at all) comprehensive. With hard work, dedication, and taking hold of the opportunities that will be offered to you during your college career, you will gain experience that can fuel you, and take you to just about anywhere! Don't limit yourself! Discover the possibilities!