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Articles on Communication:
   Communication Major...A Closer Look
   Explore a Major in Communications
   Communications Majors

Communication Major...A Closer Look

 By Misty Sneddon

photo Those in the field of communication find it fascinating. People with successful careers in communication have the following characteristics:

  • Reports stories truthfully and accurately
  • Listens well
  • Speaks and writes clearly
  • Curious
  • Informs and instructs others
  • Efficient
  • Cares about others
  • Decisive
  • Reads body language well
  • Articulate

Majoring in communication provides a large and general knowledge base. This major is similar to marketing, advertising, public relations, and mass media programs. Because the topic is so broad, many career opportunities are available with a Bachelor’s degree. Depending upon one’s concentration in this field, classes would include english composition and literature, speech, public relations, theories of communication, linguistics, mass communications, electronic publishing, communication law, new media production, web design, video production, and cultural communication.


Careers available to those with a degree in communication are:

  • Advertising and Promotions Manager
  • Public Relations Director
  • Campaign Director
  • Mediator
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Broadcasting Station Manager
  • Debate Coach
  • Educational Tester
  • Religious Leader
  • Health Care Communication Executive
  • Event Planner
  • Television Producer
  • Community Affairs Liaison
  • Disc Jockey
  • Marketing Manager
  • Reporter
  • Non-profit Organization Administrator
  • Talk Show Host
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Author
  • Lobbyist
  • Film Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Activities Director
  • Recreation Supervisor
  • Research Analyst
  • Language Specialist
  • Employment Recruiter/Headhunter

Depending on what career you choose, salaries range from $14,000 to well over $100,000 a year. Careers with upper end salaries are healthcare communication executives, talk show hosts, film editors, and employment recruiters. Lower end salaries are usually due to part-time work and contract work. As a general rule, you can make a decent living with a communications degree.

Getting involved with high school classes in mass media as well as school newspaper and year-book staff will give you a taste of what to expect in the field of communication. You can also check with your school counselor for assistance in experiencing this field outside of the classroom environment.