Communications Degree Profile

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Communications degrees are associated with the area of arts and humanities. Normally, a bachelor's of arts degree is the degree of choice for a career in communications.

Reports show that about 75 percent of a person's day is spent communicating. Communications is one of the most popular majors in America, normally attractive to students who are creative and resourceful. Those with careers in communications impact mass media, thus affecting the culture, society, and even government. With a high concentration on writing and the internet, communications majors are typically technologically savvy and innovators of social movements. Communications Degree Profile

Common Specialized Degree Programs

  • Advertising
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Mass Communications
  • Organizational Communications
  • Political Communications
  • Pragmatics
  • Public Relations
  • Radio and Television
  • Semiotics
  • Sociolinguistics

Average Salary

Entry level $30,000 to $60,000 mid-career

Degree Programs

A bachelor’s degree (including an associate’s degree) is desireable for entry-level work. Completion of the bachelor degree requires between 120 and 128 credit hours depending on the university.

Best Communications Programs
(According to, 2009)

University of Pennsylvania
Syracuse University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Pepperdine University

Main Courses of Study in College: Writing, Advertising, Public Relations

Recommended High School AP Classes

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Psychology

Careers Obtained with Communications Degrees

  • Acquisitions Editor
  • Advertising Sales Coordinator
  • Anchor
  • Announcer
  • Audiovisual Specialist
  • Author
  • Broadcasting Station Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Campaign Director
  • Casting Director
  • Cognition Researcher
  • College Admissions
  • Community Relations Director
  • Copy Writer
  • Corporate Public Affairs Specialist
  • Creative Director
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Diplomat
  • Director of Advertising
  • Director of Business Development
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Marketing
  • Disc Jockey
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Event Planner
  • Federal Agent
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Language Specialist
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Media Buyer
  • Media Planner
  • Model
  • News Reporter
  • Non-Profit Program Director
  • Performing Artist
  • Producer
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Opinion Researcher
  • Public Relations Account Manager
  • Public Researcher
  • Publicity Manager
  • Reporter
  • Research Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Script Writer
  • Stage Manager
  • Student Tour Coordinator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Director
  • Translator
  • Transmitter Engineer

Notable Communications Professionals Hugh Jackman Communications Major

  • Bob Costas, television news anchor
  • Brooke Burke, model and actress
  • Connie Chung, television news reporter and anchor
  • Dan Rather, CBS Evening News anchor
  • David Letterman, NBC’s The Late Night anchor
  • Denzel Washington, actor
  • Donovan McNabb, quarterback for Philadelphia Eagles
  • Earvin "Magic" Johnson, National Basketball Association player
  • Gary Larson, The Far Side cartoonist
  • Howard Stern, radio personality
  • Hugh Heffner, publisher of Playboy
  • Hugh Jackman, actor
  • James Gandolfini, actor
  • Jane Pauley, television news anchor
  • Jay Leno, NBC’s The Tonight Show host
  • John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States
  • Mark McGrath, lead singer for Sugar Ray
  • Matt Lauer, NBC’s The Today Show anchor
  • Meg Ryan, actress
  • Renee Zellweger, actress
  • Spike Lee, actor and director
  • Walter Cronkite, television news anchor

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