Journalism Degree Profile

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Journalism degrees are associated with the area of liberal arts, and graduates will face a highly competitive job market. Students majoring in journalism are normally extroverted, meticulous and have high levels of interpersonal and organizational communication skills to ensure that they stay competitive with the latest world news, trends and events to uphold ethical responsibilities set forth by society.journalist

Common specialized degree programs

  • Copy Editing
  • Direction
  • Entertainment Media
  • Journalistic Writing
  • Mass Communications
  • Mass Media
  • Media Ethics
  • Media Law
  • Photo Journalism
  • Print Journalism
  • Production
  • Radio-Television
  • Reporting
  • Visual Communications

Average salary

Entry level $27,000 to $52,000 mid-career

Degree Programs

Certificates of completion, which take about eight weeks to a year to complete, or a 60 credit hour of study. An associate’s degree is satisfactory for entry-level work, however a bachelor’s degree is preferred for entry-level work from a completion of between 120 and 128 credit hours depending on the university. Master’s degrees and doctoral degrees are preferred for mid-level work entry.

Top Journalism Schools
(According to, 2009)

University of Missouri Columbia
Columbia University

University of Florida

University of California Berkeley
Northwestern University

College Courses

Writing, Journalism, Ethics and Law

Recommended High School AP Courses

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Yearbook, Newspaper

Careers Obtained with Journalism Degrees

  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Announcer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Audiovisual Technician
  • Blogger
  • Broadcast and Sound Technician
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Broadcast Maintenance Technologist
  • Broadcast Teacher
  • Broadcaster
  • Camera Operator
  • College Professor
  • Copy Editor
  • Correspondent
  • Critic
  • Director
  • Director of Publication Advertising
  • Disc Jockey
  • Editor
  • Floor Manager
  • Illustrator
  • Indexer
  • Interpreters
  • Marketing Manager
  • Multimedia Writer
  • News Analysts
  • Newspaper Teacher
  • Photographer
  • Political Advocate
  • Presenter
  • Printing Press Operator
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Production Coordinator
  • Program Director
  • Proofreader
  • Publicist
  • Publisher
  • Radio Mechanic
  • Radio Station Manager
  • Reporter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Station Runner
  • Studio Manager
  • Talent Director
  • Technical Director
  • Technical Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Training Specialist
  • Translator
  • Typist
  • Word Processor
  • Writer
  • Yearbook Teacher

Notable Journalism Professionals ryan seacrest

  • Brandi Koskie, EDU in Review Editor
  • Connie Chung, Journalist
  • Dan Rather, Journalist
  • Katie Couric, Journalist
  • Heather Armstrong, Blogger
  • Phillip Gourevitch, Author
  • Ryan Seacrest, Entertainer

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