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Communication Studies
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  • Sales
  • Customer service
  • Management
  • Insurance:
    • Underwriting
    • Claims management
    • Sales

  • Real estate:
    • Property management
    • Sales
  • Human resources
  • Training and development

  • Labor relations
  • Writing/Editing
  • Corporate communication
  • Office management


  • Product and service organizations
  • Retail stores
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Manufacturers

  • 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/Advertising

  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Corporate public affairs

  • Investor relations
  • Development
  • Event coordination
  • Media analysis/planning

  • Creative directing
  • Writing/Editing
  • 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
  • Freelance


  • 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.



  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Copywriting
  • Publishing

  • Producing
  • Managing/Directing
  • Research

  • Media sales
  • Media planning
  • Broadcasting


  • Publishing firms including newspaper, magazine and book
  • Wire services and syndicates
  • Literary agencies

  • Internet sites
  • Television and radio stations

  • Film industry
  • Freelance


  • 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.



  • Administration
  • Management
  • Grant writing
  • Writing/Editing
  • Fundraising/Development

  • Public relations
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Program coordination
  • Research

  • 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

  • Philanthropies
  • Hospitals
  • Foundations

  • 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
  • Campaigning
  • Legislative assistance
  • Public information

  • Research
  • Lobbying
  • 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.

  • Prosecution
  • Defense
  • Contractual

  • Corporate
  • Nonprofit or public interest
  • Government

  • Mediation
  • Other specialties
  • Law assistance


  • Law firms
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Private practice
  • Corporations

  • 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.


Higher Education 

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Information/Library science
  • Fundraising/Development
  • 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.

General Information

  • 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.