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Communication Studies

What is Communication Studies?

The best jobs in the new information society- in virtually every industry- will be filled by workers who can READ, WRITE, COMPUTE, COMMUNICATE, and THINK. 

A recent survey asked professionals to list "things students can do to get a job in the communications field." The top four responses were: 

  • Develop public speaking skills, computer (keyboarding) skills, and networking skills.
  • Compete with campus debate/forensics teams or Toastmasters.
  • Get involved with the campus radio/TV stations or newspaper.
  • Work as a paraprofessional in campus offices such as admissions, orientation, leadership, career services, health & wellness, public information, etc.

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with a Communications major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider. 

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a Bachelor's degree. 
 

CWU Communication Department 
 

 Related Career Titles
BUSINESS and INDUSTRY
Account ExecutiveAdvertising ManagerAssociation Administrator
Bank OfficerClaims Adjuster/ExaminerConsumer Affairs Specialist
Corporate Communications DirectorCredit ManagerCustomer Service Representative
Events PlannerFashion MerchandiserTraining & Development Specialist
Travel AgentRestaurant ManagerSales Representative
Hospitality MangerHotel ManagerHuman Resources Administrator
Industrial & Labor Relations SpecialistInsurance Agent/BrokerLawyer
Legal AssistantManagement AnalystManager/Administrator
Market Research AnalystMedia ManageStockbroker
Technical WriterTelemarketing SpecialistRetail Manager
ParalegalPersonnel SpecialistPresenter
Print Production CoordinatorPromotions ManagerPublic Information Officer
Public Relations SpecialistReal Estate Agent/BrokerRecreation/Attractions Manager
RecruiterResearch WorkerService Representative
Special Events CoordinatorSpeech Writer 
COMMUNICATION & MEDIA
ActorAdvertising Account ExecutiveAdvertising Copywriter
Broadcast Advertising SalespersonCommunications LawyerContestant/Guest Coordinator
CopywriterDirector- Film, Video, TheatreEditorial Assistant
Electronic Publication SpecialistScript WriterSports Promoter
SportscasterTechnical WriterGovernment Relations Specialist
Graphic ArtistGreeting Card WriterLighting Technician
Market Research SpecialistMedia BuyerMedia Manager
NarratorNews Writer/EditorPhotographer
TelemarketerTraffic ManagerTV Engineer
PhotojournalistProducer- TV, Film, TheatreProduction Assistant
ProofreaderPublic Information OfficerPublic Relations Assistant
PublisherRadio/TV AnnouncerReporter/Journalist
Sales RepresentativeTV News AnchorVideo Programmer
Writer/Author  
GOVERNMENT & SOCIAL SERVICES
Campaign ManagerCommunity Action DirectorConsumer Advocate
CounselorDevelopment OfficerDocumentarian
Elected OfficialForeign Service OfficerRecreation Coordinator
Social Services AdministratorSocial WorkerGovernment Advisor
Health Services AdministratorHuman Resources ManagerInterviewer
LawyerLegislative AideLobbyist
Media SpecialistSpeech WriterTelevision Regulator/Censor
TranslatorMinister/Priest/RabbiMuseum Director
NegotiatorPlanning DirectorPolitical Aide
Probation & Parole OfficerPSA DirectorPublic Administrator
Youth WorkerReader 
EDUCATION
AdministratorAudio/Visual SpecialistCamp Counselor
Development Officer/ Fund RaiserStudent Services SpecialistTeacher
Educational TesterGuidance CounselorInstructional Program Designer
MediatorSpeech PathologistPublic Relations Officer
RecruiterSpecial Events CoordinatorEducational Consultant
Spokesperson for Education  
Related Major Skills
Create powerful images with sight, sound, motion & wordsAbility to write clearly
Present specific viewpointsSynthesizing information
Reporting and editing skillsDemonstrate creativity and artistic expression
Evaluate ideas and presentationCompare and contrast evidence
Critical thinking skillsMeasure media effects
Work with deadlinesAttention to details
Identify and manage different needs of individuals, groups, etc.Write press releases, scripts, or other promotional materials
Effective speakingInfluential/persuasion skills
Interpretation skillsCreate entertaining and persuasive messages
Define hypothesesGather information and data
Evaluate information and sourcesDevelop market research
Planning and managing skillsWork independently
Work in teams / small groupsUnderstand institutional and cultural values
 
Job & Internship Search Links
 

GENERAL


The Write Jobs: http://www.writejobs.com/

Team Work Sports Team Jobs: http://www.teamworkonline.com/ 

National Communication Association: http://www.jobtarget.com/home/index.cfm?site_id=560 

Association of Collegiate Conference & Events Planners International: http://careers.acced-i.org/ 

IE3 Global Internships: http://ie3global.ous.edu/

Talent Zoo, http://www.talentzoo.com/website/content/ 

The Association for Women in Communications: http://www.womcom.org/careers/overview.asp 

Associated Press: http://www.ap.org/apjobs/index.html 

International Association of Business Communicators: http://jobs.iabc.com/home/index.cfm?site_id=65 
 

BROADCAST


National Association of Broadcasters: http://www.nab.org 

Federal Communications Commission: http://www.fcc.gov/jobs/fccjobs.html 

Corporation of Public Broadcasting: http://www.cpb.org/jobline 

International Radio & Television Society: http://www.irts.org/programs/programs.html 

TV Jobs Broadcast Employment Services: http://www.irts.org/programs/programs.html 
 

JOURNALISM


National Newspaper Association: http://jobs.nna.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=118 

Magazine Publishers of America: http://www.magazine.org/careers/

Society for News Design:  http://www.snd.org/jobs/jobs.lasso 

American Copy Editors Society: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ACESjobs/ 

Society of Professional Journalists: http://www.spj.org/jobbank.asp 

Insert Text Here (for writers): http://www.inserttexthere.com 

Journalism Jobs: http://www.journalismjobs.com/ 

Native American Journalist Association: http://www.naja.com/

American Journalism Review: http://www.ajr.org 

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: http://www.aejmc.org 

Broadcast Education Association: http://www.beaweb.org

TV Jobs: http://www.tvjobs.com 
 

MARKETING


American Marketing Association: http://www.marketingpower.com/Careers/Pages/default.aspx

Careers in Marketing: http://www.careers-in-marketing.com/np.htm 
 

PUBLIC RELATIONS


Public Relations Society of America: http://www.prsa.org/jobcenter/

All About Public Relations: http://www.aboutpublicrelations.net/jobsinpr.htm 

PR Week: http://www.prweekjobs.com/ 

International Association of Business Communicators: http://jobs.iabc.com/home/index.cfm?site_id=65 
 

OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK LISTINGS


Announcers: http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos087.htm 

Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, & Sales Managers: http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos020.htm 

Public Relations Specialists: http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos086.htm 

News Analysts, Reporters, & Correspondents: http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos088.htm 

Television/Video/Motion Picture Camera Operators & Editors: http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos091.htm 

Radio & Television Broadcasting, http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs017.htm