Communication Majors and Careers

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Communications is recognized as an extraordinarily diverse and flexible field of study, in that a background in communications can support careers in everything from advertising to the arts. A background in communications is highly regarded in business, marketing, education, politics and public relations, as the ability to develop a targeted message and deliver it effectively is fundamental to success in these fields, and many others. Further, the globalization of business in a world that has been brought closer together through the accessibility and immediacy of electronic communications, have made cross-cultural and multi-linguistic communications skills more prized than ever.

In 2014, the US Department of Labor reported employment projections for a number of job classifications in which a degree in communications is standard:

  • The number of jobs for public relations specialists and managers is expected to grow by 24 percent through 2018, considerably faster than the average growth rate for all jobs.
  • Human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists also enjoy a unique level of job security, as the number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 22 percent through 2018.
  • During this same period, the occupational outlook for advertising, marketing, promotions, and sales managers is expected to increase by 13 percent.
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