The strength of a communication major degree is that it is a broad-based education that can potentially prepare you to enter a range of job fields. While there is no one size fits all for the best job for a communication degree graduate, there are a number of fields that are growing and solid choices to consider.
If you’re interested in a career where you’ll be the image maker for your employer or their client, public relations might be the best job choice. Your day will be spent writing press releases, handling media inquiries and maintaining an organization’s image. If this sounds like what you want to do, it’s a good idea to concentrate on your writing skills, do an internship and volunteer your time in a public relations capacity with an organization. This role is a good bet because it’s expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 through 2020, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Technical writers take complex jargon and turn it into technical documents and manuals that laypeople can understand. If this career option piques your interest, you’ll be able to put your detail oriented nature, team working skills and technical ability to good use. Your work will include creating everything from a how-to manual to a “frequently asked questions” page for a product. You’ll work with scientists, engineers and software developers during the product development process. The good news is, this field is expected to keep up with other jobs, growing 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Your best job pick might be an advertising manager if you have an interest in figuring out which billboards, commercials, print ads and online ads work best for a particular brand. Your days will be spent with sales staff, brainstorming campaign ideas. You’ll be the contact between the client and the agency that develops the ads. This is a role that’s expected to keep up with other industries, growing 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The best job for a graduate in communications who has good interpersonal skills, attention to detail and decision-making ability might be as a recruiter. As a recruiter, you’ll be the go-to person for finding, screening and interviewing candidates for specific roles within an organization. You’ll spend your workdays posting jobs listings, looking for candidates at job fairs and attending campus recruitment events. The field of human resources as a whole is expected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
C.E. Chan has been a writer since 2003, contributing to magazines, online publications and education organizations. Her work has appeared in "Popular Dogs," "Dog World" and "The Architect's Newspaper," among other outlets. With a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California, Chan worked in the architectural field for several years before becoming a writer.