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What can you do with a communications degree?

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Communications graduates can pursue careers in business, advertising, education, broadcasting, journalism, public relations, the arts, social services and technology. They may also become communications specialists within healthcare, foreign relations, politics and law.

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Some high-profile organizations that have been known to specifically look for communications majors include the American Red Cross, CBS Radio, ESPN and city governments.

Specific positions that communications graduates might pursue include:

  • Sales Representative
  • Manager
  • Public Information Officer
  • Copy Writer
  • Education Researcher
  • Language Arts Coordinator (in education)
  • Editor
  • Account Executive
  • Media Analyst
  • Stage Manager
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Hospital Director of Communication
  • Medical Training Supervisor
  • Diplomat
  • Public Defender
  • Private Practice Lawyer
  • Community Affairs Liaison

Many graduates choose to take internships alongside part-time jobs in their pursuit of more professional-level positions. For some, however, professional career opportunities arise either immediately upon or shortly after graduation. According to a nationwide survey of communications graduates, these have included the roles of Accounts Executive, Technical Writer and Web Manager, among many others.

The wide range of career opportunities open to communications graduates is owing to their diverse and highly sought-after skill set. Some of the skills developed over the course of a degree in communications include:

  • Clear written communication
  • A critical approach to information
  • Application of research and theory to practical problems
  • Understanding of social institutions and cultural values
  • Creative and artistic expression
  • Management and cooperation
  • Negotiation and mediation of conflict
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