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Communication majors may find employment in a variety of areas depending on their skills and experience. Some communication graduates choose to work in communications-related fields including journalism, technical writing, publishing, public relations, advertising, and film as well as non-communications-related careers. Career-related internships or part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding professional-level employment after graduation in these and other fields.

List of Employers who Posted Jobs in Handshake for Communication Majors

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising and Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested communication majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for communication majors. This list does not reflect current openings.


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Careers Reported by Communication Majors (Recent Graduates) on College/University Surveys

This is a list of jobs communication majors reported having at (or shortly after) graduation. This list was built from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Advising and Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for further exploration.

  • Account Executive for a public relations firm
  • Editorial Assistant for a university
  • Admissions Advisor for a university
  • Assistant Account Executive for a media company
  • Assistant Director for a local nonprofit promoting film and video production
  • Assistant Language Teacher for a cultural exchange program
  • Assistant Manager for a city/regional magazine
  • Assistant to Editorial Director for a trade association magazine
  • Assistant Volunteer Manager for coalition of charitable organizations through AmeriCorps
  • Audio/Visual Specialist for a hospital
  • Business Analyst for a management and technology consulting services
  • Case Manager for a social services nonprofit
  • Communications Associate for an environmental consulting firm
  • Communications Coordinator for a nonprofit
  • Communications Coordinator for a public relations firms specializing in foundations and nonprofits
  • Community Organizer for a nonprofit
  • Convention Associate for an association management company
  • Counselor for a college-level academic support program
  • Elementary Teacher for Teach for America
  • Events Coordinator for a college
  • Executive Assistant/Public Education Coordinator for an organization advocating for civil rights
  • Government Affairs Assistant for a real estate trade association
  • Graphic Design and Communication Coordinator for an engineering consulting firm
  • Human Resource Specialist for a payroll and human resource company
  • Juvenile Probation Officer for a state agency
  • Leadership Development Consultant for an international fraternity for women
  • Marketing Coordinator for a performing arts center
  • Marketing Coordinator for an art museum
  • Member Communications Coordinator for a nonprofit environmental organization
  • Production Assistant for a local news affiliate
  • Project Coordinator for a consulting firm
  • Public Relations and Marketing Specialist for a university
  • Public Relations Assistant for a hospital
  • Public Relations Associate for a county agency
  • Public Relations Specialist for a convention and visitor’s bureau
  • Recruiter for a network of charities
  • Research Assistant for a not-for-profit research institute
  • Sales Representative for a pharmaceutical company
  • Software Tester for a video game publishing company
  • Special Event Coordinator for a health-related nonprofit
  • Strategic Communications Consultant for a private consulting firm
  • Technical Recruiter for a technical staffing firm
  • Technical Writer for an electronics company
  • Video Editor for a school district
  • Visual Manager for a fashion retailer
  • Volunteer Coordinator for a state political party
  • Web Manager/Communications and Marketing for a performing arts center
  • Writer for a television station

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Careers Reported by Communication Majors on the American Community Survey

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys over 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in Communication. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go the the Standard Occupational Classification system.

 

  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Lawyers and Judges
  • Education Administrators
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Producers and Directors
  • Counselors
  • Management Analysts
  • Financial Managers
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Writers and Authors
  • Designers
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  • Fundraisers
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Web Developers
  • Photographers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Advertising and Promotions Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Artists and Related Workers
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Agents and Business Managers Of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
  • Librarians
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Technical Writers
  • Musicians, Singers, and Related Workers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Logisticians
  • Insurance Underwriters
  • Psychologists
  • Directors, Religious Activities and Education

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Government Classification Specifications

Classification Specifications are generic descriptions of jobs in government agencies. Generally, they provide an overview of the job and describe essential duties and responsibilities as well as requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and educational requirements. Classification specifications can be useful in identifying organizations that hire people with an academic background in communications.

Multnomah County: Program Communications Coordinator, Program Communications Specialist, Communications Analyst Senior, Public Affairs Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator, Multimedia/Video Production Specialist

Washington County: Senior Program Educator (Public Affairs Specialist)

Clackamas County: Public Relations Specialist, Publications/Communications Specialist

Hillsboro County: Communications and Marketing Manager, Public Relations and Information Officer, Public Affairs Manager

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Vocational Biographies

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  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Public Relations Director
  • Scriptwriter
  • Airborne Traffic Reporter
  • Communications Director
  • Magazine Publisher
  • Radio Talk Show Producer
  • University Media Relations Director

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Professional Associations

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Sites with Job Search Information for Communication Majors

  • Journalism Job Listings — "J-Jobs is a service to the journalism community provided by the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism."
  • Job Announcements — From Investigative Reporters and Editors, "a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting within the field of journalism."
  • Advertising & Media Job Openings

Department of Communication - Portland State University

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