- Customer service
- Claims management
- Real estate:
- Property management
- Human resources
- Training and development
- Labor relations
- Corporate communication
- Office management
- Product and service organizations
- Retail stores
- Banks and financial institutions
- Insurance companies
- Hospitals and other healthcare organizations
- Print and electronic media
- Real estate agencies
- Consulting firms
- Research firms
- Other business corporations
- Earn a minor in business or take business classes.
- Develop strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
- Learn to work well on a team.
- Seek leadership roles in other campus organizations.
- Gain experience through internships, part-time, or summer jobs.
- Develop computer skills in areas such as spread sheets, databases, and presentation software.
- Join related professional associations.
- Conduct informational interviews to learn about jobs of interest and to build a network of contacts.
- Be prepared to start in entry-level positions such as management trainee programs.
- Look for companies that have an interest in hiring “any major.”
- Public relations
- Corporate public affairs
- Investor relations
- Event coordination
- Media analysis/planning
- Creative directing
- Audience analysis
- Public opinion research
- Private corporations
- Public relations firms
- Advertising agencies
- Radio and television companies
- Public opinion research firms
- Sports and entertainment organizations
- Hospitality and tourism industry
- Nonprofit organizations
- Government agencies
- Labor unions
- Educational institutions
- Consulting firms
- Take courses in marketing, advertising, public relations, or other area of interest.
- Gain experience through internships, even if unpaid.
- Develop excellent writing and public speaking skills.
- Serve as public relations officer of an organization.
- Develop a portfolio of writing samples, ad campaigns, and other relevant work.
- Join related professional associations.
- Find a mentor in a related field to provide career guidance.
- Consider moving to cities with larger numbers of job opportunities.
- Be prepared to start at the bottom and work into positions with greater responsibility.
- Media sales
- Media planning
- Publishing firms including newspaper, magazine and book
- Wire services and syndicates
- Literary agencies
- Internet sites
- Television and radio stations
- Film industry
- Take elective courses in journalism, broadcasting, public relations, and advertising.
- Develop excellent interpersonal, presentation, and research skills.
- Work for campus or local newspaper, radio station, or television station.
- Get related experience through internships, even if unpaid.
- Learn webpage design and software packages relevant to publishing and media.
- Develop a portfolio or audition tape depending on the industry.
- Be willing to take any job in the field to get a foot in the door.
- Grant writing
- Public relations
- Volunteer coordination
- Program coordination
- Religious Work:
- Pastoral and other religious leadership
- Mission work
- Religious camp administration
- Local ministries, e.g. youth, adult, education
- Local and national nonprofit organizations
- Professional associations
- Chambers of commerce
- Community centers
- Churches, synagogues, mosques
- Religious organizations (e.g. camps, retreat centers, denominational boards)
- Think tanks
- Take courses in psychology, sociology, or social work to broaden perspective.
- Develop a wide array of skills including writing, speaking, budgeting, and grant writing.
- Obtain leadership roles in relevant campus, church, or community groups.
- Complete one or more internship(s) with nonprofit organizations.
- Learn to work well with different types of people.
- Demonstrate knowledge and experience in a specialty area, e.g. public health, environment, urban issues.
- Research organizations’ values to find a good fit with yours. It is critical that you are knowledgeable about and and care about the organizations’ missions.
- Consider earning a master’s degree in public administration or non-profit administration.
- For religious work, research requirements to enter leadership in the faith you want to pursue. For example, Master of Divinity and denominational ordination are required for most clergy positions.
- City or town management
- Community affairs
- Legislative assistance
- Public information
- Conflict negotiation
- Program administration
- General services
- Social services
- Foreign service
- Legislative, executive, or judicial services
- There are over 170 departments and agencies in the federal government. Conduct research to determine which are a good fit for you.
- Local and state government
- Political parties
- Political action committees
- Legislatures and other elected public officials
- School districts
- Court systems
- Think tanks
- Minor in an applicable interest area such as business, political science, or public administration.
- Take courses in conflict management and develop negotiation skills.
- Volunteer to work on a local or national political campaigns.
- Join related student organizations and earn leadership roles. Get involved with student government and campus campaigns.
- Complete an internship with a government agency to get a foot in the door.
- Maintain a strong grade point average as many government programs are very competitive.
- Learn local, state, and federal government job application procedures. Visit the campus career center for assistance.
- Develop a network of contacts through informational interviews and referrals.
- Nonprofit or public interest
- Other specialties
- Law assistance
- Law firms
- Federal, state, and local government
- Private practice
- Special interest groups
- Universities and colleges
- Legal aid societies
- Nonprofit and public interest organizations, e.g. ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Legal Services Corporation
- Legal clinics
- Other private legal services
- Develop strong research skills and attention to detail.
- Participate in debate or forensic team to hone communication skills.
- Choose courses or a minor to specialize in a particular area of law, e.g. a minor in business for a career in corporate law.
- Find part-time or summer work in a law firm.
- Shadow an attorney to learn more about the field and various specialties.
- Get involved in pre-law organizations.
- Plan to attend law school and earn a law degree. Maintain a high grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations. Prepare for the LSAT (Law School Admission Test).
- Obtain specialized certification for paralegal positions.
- Information/Library science
- University communications/Outreach
- Administration and Student Support Services:
- Admissions, financial aid. advising, development, alumni affairs, international education and study abroad, student affairs (e.g. residence life, student activities, orientation, leadership, Greek life, multicultural affairs, recreational sports)
- Four-year colleges and universities
- Two-year and community colleges
- Technical schools
- Medical and professional schools
- Ph.D. required for teaching and research in colleges and universities. Maintain a high grade point average and secure strong faculty recommendations. Assist a faculty member with research.
- Earn a master’s degree in information science for librarianships or college student personnel/higher education administration for other positions.
- Develop strong interpersonal communication and public speaking skills.
- Get involved in campus leadership roles in residence halls, student unions/activities, programming boards, orientation, admissions, etc.
- Learn to work well with a variety of people.
- Communication Studies is a broad degree that can lead to job opportunities in many different fields. Skills and experiences gained through co-curricular activities, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering are critical in shaping a career path. Develop a career goal and seek the right background to become a strong candidate.
- Communication Studies is good preparation for graduate school in many disciplines including communication, law, education, business, public administration. Maintain a strong grade point average to increase opportunities for admission into graduate programs.
- Explore specializations within major and professional field. Select electives to enhance knowledge in area(s) of interest or find a minor that will add value.
- Develop strong written and verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills. Gain experience with public speaking by joining Toastmasters.
- Get involved in campus activities and professional organizations. Learn to work well on a team and develop leadership skills.
- Build a network of contacts. Once in a position, find an experienced mentor.
- American Advertising Federation
- American Business Women’s Association
- American Society for Training and Development
- American Society of Newspaper Editors
- Association for Women in Communications
- Health Sciences Communication Association
- International Association of Business Communicators
- International Communication Association
- Magazine Publishers of America
- National Association of Broadcasters
- National Communication Association
- Public Relations Society of America
- Advertising Sales Agents
- Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers
- Customer Services Representatives
- Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators
- Higher Education Administrators
- Human Resources Managers
- Human Resources Specialists
- Public Relations Managers and Specialists
- Reporters Correspondents and Broadcast News Analysts
- Sales Managers