What Can I Do With a Degree in Communication?

Posted: July 14, 2020 | Author: Kierstin Pitcher-Holloway | Read Time: 2 minutes

What can I do with a degree in communication? If you are looking for a diverse ever-changing field, but aren’t sure where to start, consider a degree in communication. Communication is the study of how ideas and messages are shared.

Communication positions are essential, as communication occurs everywhere through countless channels and across cultures. Numerous careers, in a variety of fields, can be pursued with a degree in communication.

Here are a few of the top career areas for communication majors:


The journalism field includes anything from newspapers and magazines to broadcast journalism. Those looking to pursue a career in this competitive field need to be equipped with excellent communication skills. The ability to organize and share information clearly and effectively is essential in the world of journalism. Popular careers in journalism include:

  • Newscaster
  • News Producer
  • Journalist
  • Publications Editor
  • Layout Editor

Marketing and Public Relations

In the fields of marketing and public relations, the ability to successfully communicate through many different channels with consumers, businesses and colleagues is imperative. The job descriptions in this field are widely varied, but are all about connecting with the publics an organization serves and on which it is dependent.

Event planners are responsible for planning and executing promotional events while social media specialists develop and manage the strategies necessary for maintaining a company’s online presence. Though very different, both positions are often part of the same team. Potential careers in marketing and public relations include:

  • Marketing Communications Consultant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Media Planner
  • Brand Manager
  • Marketing Research Analyst/Analytics
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Publicist
  • Advertising Executive
  • Event Planner
  • Visual branding professionals
  • Writing and Editing

Whether it’s a job writing speeches for politicians and corporate executives or creating ads as a copywriter, the need for writers is everywhere. A degree in communication will give you the skills necessary to articulate ideas, conduct necessary research, craft persuasive arguments and follow the Associated Press guidelines in your writing. A few career options in writing and editing include:

  • Technical Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Political Speechwriter
  • Corporate Speechwriter
  • Grant Writer
  • Editor

Content Creating

In today’s world the internet has created a serious need for content, as businesses, companies and organizations strive to maintain an online presence. Content can include anything creative, from blogs and podcasts to videos and photography, that can be circulated to increase an organization’s presence online and in the community. Content creating can include careers such as:

  • Blogger
  • Podcaster
  • TV/Film/Video Producer
  • TV/Film/Video Director
  • Photographer
  • Communication Graphics Specialist

Communication is a wide field of study, it can prepare students for many different and unique careers. For those more interested in studying communication theory than strategic communication, or looking to pursue a master’s degree a communication degree can be a great starting point. Other careers that you might not have thought about before can include:

  • Jury Consultant
  • Professor
  • Human Resource Specialist/Director
  • Intercultural Communications Specialist

The Communication Department at Southern Utah University works to provide students with an individual education so they can find and follow their passions to careers that they can excel in, and thrive not only at work but in their communities as well.

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