By: Guest On: January 26, 2011 In: Internships, Jobs Comments: 23

Communications degree jobs are diverse, and readily available.

Keep in mind that statistically, careers in fields like engineering and science have steadier job availability — you may have to work a little harder to land that perfect communications job.

Try to stay open-minded about your job possibilities. Combined with the right skills, you can get many rewarding jobs with a communications degree.

Here are several examples:

1. Public Relations Assistant

Entering the public relations field as a PR assistant is a great job choice for communications degree graduates. This job requires first-rate writing ability, great organizational skills and a personable demeanor: all skills that a communications degree develops.

2. Junior Advertising Copywriter

Copywriters write the ad copy for all kinds of things, from corporate brochures to product packaging.

A way with words and creativity are two big must-haves for this communications degree job. If you can, try to score an internship at an advertising agency while you’re in college.

3. Marketing Assistant

A job as a marketing assistant is an ideal position for communications degree graduates. This job has a variety of duties, from maintaining contact with clients to sending out marketing emails and assisting in the conception and organization of marketing campaigns.

Clear communication skills and problem-solving ability will equip you to succeed as a marketing assistant.

4. Editorial Assistant

If you want to enter the publishing field, an editorial assistant position is an ideal starting point for communications degree graduates.

Editorial assistants sort and read incoming manuscripts, coordinate contact with authors and agents and help in the editing of manuscripts.

Communications degree graduates possess a superior knowledge of English grammar and writing. Classes in topics like copy editing can be especially useful, as are internships in the publishing world — you could even turn that internship experience into a job!

5. Journalist

Some schools offer concentrations in areas like broadcast communications, a major that will prepare you for communications degree jobs in television and radio.

A concentration in online or internet communications is also a great choice to maximize the value of a communications degree.

Journalism jobs often require expert knowledge in a specific field; if you can double major in communications and another field, like business or public health, you can pave the way for a journalism job focused on reporting on these topics.

6. Human Resources Assistant

Working in the human resources field is a challenging and rewarding option for communications degree graduates.
Human resources assistants will help out with anything from recruiting new employees to leading seminars for current employees. You will also need solid interpersonal and public speaking skills.

7. Hospitality Communications Positions

From cruise lines to restaurant chains and hotels, many organizations in the hospitality industry offer communications degree jobs. Roles are diverse: responsibilities may vary from addressing customer complaints to promoting the organization through work in the marketing department.

Since the hospitality industry often caters to a global audience, knowledge of a second language is a great way to distinguish yourself from other applicants.

8. School Counselor

This position is ideal for a communications degree major: it requires creativity, enthusiasm and a willingness to listen.  You should be able to interact comfortably with students, parents and faculty.

Courses in counseling or interpersonal communication, or an internship at a school, would help you enter this career.

9. Librarian

A love of learning and fastidious attention to detail are essential this job – perfect for studious communications degree graduates. If you’re skilled at learning systems, library work may be for you.

10. Political Campaign Coordinator

Political candidates need campaign coordinators who are well-spoken, able to think on their feet, and excellent writers. A communications degree will qualify you for this grueling career path – working on a campaign can be extremely rewarding if you have a passion for politics.

11. Grant Writer

Many nonprofits need skilled writers and communicators to help secure grants. Can you think of creative ways to present an organization’s needs?

A communications degree is the perfect preparation for this job.

12. Community Affairs Liaison

In this exciting position, you’ll talk to members of your community and make sure their needs are met.

Communications degree graduates will find that this is a rewarding way to gain experience in politics and community service.

13. College Admissions Representative

Has your communications degree equipped you to sell a college’s programs to prospective students? Many schools need efficient communicators to speak to and recruit incoming freshmen. This communications position may also involve writing press materials for the college.

14. Customer Service Representative

Helping customers and making them feel valued is difficult work, but a great choice for a communications degree graduate. You’ll need to interact with the public and think quickly in this communications role.

These are some of the career paths available to communications degree graduates – but this list should just be a starting point as you research your future job options. A communications degree teaches you valuable, transferable skills that will qualify you for employment in a range of rewarding positions.

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    • Stacey
    • January 05, 2012
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    I have one, but it rendered me completely useless in the job market. I’m unemployed, and I still owe $20k in loans. 4 years I will never get back and now I’m more broke than I was before.What a rip!!!

    • Kasey
    • February 17, 2012
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    I agree. Communications is a completley useless degree. I wish I hadn’t wasted my money and time on it. I’m six months of searching and still haven’t found anything after being laid off from my menial secretary job. A Wallmart job will barely even pay the loan payments off… DO NOT get this degree if your in college. Get something useful, like in the medical field.

    • Doug
    • May 02, 2012
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    according to websites like this, EVERY degree is in high demand; from philosophy (what a joke…) to psychology to communications. i have a comm degree, and am now a police officer. trying to go federal, but because i don’t have a degree in law, accounting, or anything in the medical field, i’m rather useless. so…thanks for nothing.

    • Wil
    • June 08, 2012
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    I want to do that degree..is it realy as useless as how you guys are saying it because I don’t want to work up one day and realise that I’ve chosen a useless degree.I want to do something that will benefit me in future

    • Jose
    • June 13, 2012
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    It’s not all that useless you do many things with a degree in languages but you also have to learn different things to help you excell. Like I’ve been thinking about photography. I’ll travel the world and I have to learn different languages to so I can understand and communicate with others in that region.

    • Clayton
    • July 05, 2012
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    Well. I wouldn’t say that a communication degree is completely useless. It’s just a completely different animal than most degrees. Most degrees afford you the luxury of knowing exactly what types of jobs you’re qualified for. Therefore, when you start the job hunt, all you need to do is key in a few of the specific job titles you know you are qualified, and bingo.
    The half-truth promise you’ll see many comm programs touting is that you’ll have such a broad education that you can get a job in nearly anything. The truth of the matter is, while comm IS a skill that will make you a strong contender if you get an interview and an effective employee once you’re hired, many employers will pass you over in favor of someone who has a degree that more closely matches the job title.
    That being said, if you’re a comm student, be prepared to be creative about how you go about finding a job. Conduct a very broad search, looking at specific job duties to see if you can creatively match them up with your experience on a resume. It’s like a ladder where the first rung is just out of reach; you’ll have to work a little harder to get on the ladder, but once you do, the subsequent steps are easier.
    I have a feeling most of the people bemoaning the fact that they can’t get a job with a comm degree are either (1) not trying all that hard and expect the world to beat a path to their door, as might be the case with some other majors, (2) haven’t identified the type of jobs that they might be qualified for, or (3) aren’t willing to start at an entry level job and learn the more specific skills needed to move up in the career.
    I have a masters in communication studies, and I secured an internship this fall with a state governor, a position that had been advertised in every newspaper in the state and caters to political science and government majors. I’m just saying that your communication skills are a big party of getting the job in the first place.

    • Jyohan Brown
    • July 18, 2012
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    I could not agree more. Your comments are absolutely dead on, hammer on the nail. Like with any major, you get out of it directly what you put into. We have to as Americans choose degrees that allow us to bring our passions to fruition. In return, your more committed to the work and willing to put the due diligence in to gain the experience. Experience, knowledge, and effective communication generates a high income, the degree is just a tool to get you in the door.
    I am happily employed working in my passion daily and am nicely compensated with a communication degree. Know your passion and go in the direction of dreams, visions…stay competitive, stay relevant, think globally, act locally…I do a lot of career development for individuals with skills sets from high-school thru middle management.

    • LeeOnna
    • August 28, 2012
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    I am currently going to school to get a Communications Degree. I see so many negative things being said about this degree, but just as many positive things with it. If it was such as useless degree, why is it even something that is offered?
    I work from home full-time as a writer, and was hoping to use this degree to help me advance in a career working in online advertising or to expand with a company that needs copy created.
    I see a lot of different aspects that allow me to believe that I can use this is pursuing my career online which is why I decided on this degree in the first place.
    I plan on going or my Master’s and the person said you just have to be creative in your job hunt efforts, I plan on highlighting my writing aspect and hope to get a job as a journalist when i graduate. I feel that having almost 5 years of writing experience for a number of websites and blogs will allow me to look favorable.

    • Amy at University Language
    • August 28, 2012
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    Thanks for your comments! It’s great to hear so many stories of communications majors who have been taking very different approaches to the job market and who have all been successful. Keep up the good work!

    • John
    • November 17, 2012
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    Hi communications is not a useless degree! Just
    Depends what you want to get into as a career!
    My good friend who’s a millionaire mentioned to
    Me the best degree to get is communications for
    Consulting and sales, and every company needs
    Competent communications associates! Just depends
    what you want to do with it, hope this helps!

    • Alexandra
    • November 19, 2012
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    I have a question. Could I use this degree to be a counselor? I feel like this would be very useful for someone that wants to work with people and has to keep up with written records? Any suggestions. oh btw this would be a major from Georgetown University..

    • Amy at University Language
    • November 19, 2012
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    A communications degree would be a great help as a counselor! You learn interpersonal skills and organization, which will help you keep on top of paperwork.
    Good luck in your studies!

    • NOON
    • December 04, 2012
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    I am 30 years old and I have an AS degree in Paralegal studies, but want to go back and get a degree in Communication. Do you guys think this would help me through law school?

    • Amy at University Language
    • December 05, 2012
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    A communications degree may help with the reading, writing and critical thinking skills you need for law school – what does everyone think?

    • Laura
    • August 01, 2013
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    I already have an MA Degree in English. Is there any point in adding on an MA in Communications if I am 5 courses away from being able to complete such a degree?

      • Kaytie at University Language
      • August 02, 2013
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      Hi Laura,
      This depends greatly on the kind of career you’re looking for, and how much time and money you have to devote to this. Five courses is likely another semester–is it worth it?
      You might want to try doing a search for the kinds of jobs you’re looking for after you graduate. If an MA in Communications is a prerequisite, then the degree is probably worth it. That being said, you should talk to a career counselor or advisor at your school to determine what’s right for you.
      Good Luck!
      Kaytie at University Language

    • Grant
    • September 18, 2013
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    Laura I think having a MA is communications and MA in English would help you become more marketable in get a job as a professor at a community college or university. I had a professor that got picked over the candidates for a sociology teaching position because not only did he have a masters in sociology but also a masters philosophy so he could teach two different subjects.

    • Laura
    • October 30, 2013
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    Thanks for these very helpful suggestions. I am a published author, but I don’t earn enough from the writing. I was indeed intending to find a university position and thought the communications degree would help me attain the position.

    • Ed Williams
    • January 21, 2015
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    Communications major:University of Colorado, Class of 2016. Communications is humongous. Everything we do as human is verbal and nonverbal communication. I feel sorry for those that think a comm degree is useless. Some people just fall victims to their own circumstance and at some point I hope those folks will take some responsibility for their own lives and quit blaming people or things for their self limiting beliefs. I know several people that have communication degrees and they are very successful.I mean like millionaire’s, top excutives, managers and sales.The sheep skin is only there to get your foot in the door. The rest is up to you. Oh by the way, all those successful people mentioned, started at the bottom. I also want to mention, that if you are a capitalist and love making money, sales is the best paying job in the world. It takes good communication skills to be successful in life and I mean in all fascists. Quote: Work harder on yourself then your job and make a fortune.

    • Bob
    • February 28, 2015
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    If you do a job title search for “Communicator” youll get zero results. A COM degree, like most the social COM, ANTH, HIST, or a SOC degree. If you cant find a job its cause of YOU NOT the degree. Heck, in 2008 I got a job as an Able Seaman on a ship because I had a BS COM. It was a good job. Got $325/day full benefits. In 3 years I could be a Mate making $450/day. So there ya go… get a COM degree and be a professional mariner. I also worked in a juvenile detention center with my COM degree. You make the one who makes the degree work!

    • Ruben Garcia
    • March 09, 2015
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    If i wanted to go into the Music and Film aspect of Communications such as working my way up to becoming a Music Supervisor, would it be smarter to major in Film/TV Track Communications and minor in Music or the other way around, suppose I major in Music and minor in Film Studies ? Where can a major in Mass Communications take me career wise?

    • Danielle
    • April 12, 2015
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    I have a friend who just graduated with a communication degree and she made over $100,000 this year..It’s not all that useless..

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