Careers in Communication
Communication is integral to every job in the world. Therefore, communication graduates can position themselves successfully in any field. Some students enroll in the communication program knowing their dream job. These individuals are ready to pursue a specific job in a decided industry. However, for those still figuring out where they want to work after earning a bachelor's in Communication, here is a list of potential jobs:
- Admissions Counselor
- Advertising Specialist
- Alumni Development
- Business Owner or Manager
- Creative Director
- Customer Service Manager
- Company Social Media Specialist
- Director of Training and Development
- Event Planning
- Fundraiser (for Education, Non Profits, Campaigns, Etc.)
- Governmental Public Information Officer
- Grant Writer
- Health Educator
- Human Resources Manager
- Legal Researcher
- Marketing Specialist
- Motivational Speaker
- Non Profit Administrator
- Newsletter Editor
- Online Content Designer
- Public Opinion Researcher
- Public Relations Practitioner
- Sales Representative
- Script or News Writer
The struggle for communication graduates is selecting a desired career because communication skills are useful everywhere. Lucier (2015) claims, "your problem as a communication major, then, is not necessarily what to do with your degree but what industry you'd like to work in." Pick an industry that interests you, then research specific jobs that emphasize communication. Finally, read the Princeton Review's (2014) tips for moving from the classroom to a communication-specific career.
King Communication graduates: Where Are They Now?
Graduates of the Communication program at King University go on to fill a variety
of important job roles across the country. Here are actual interviews with a few King Communication graduates:
Matt Hall, a Fall 2012 Graduate
What is your job title? Knoxville Region Sales Representative
Where do you work? Lipman Brothers Distributing
Is this a different job (since earning your Communication degree)? Yes, I was working retail while earning my degree. This is a new/different job that I was able to obtain because of my degree.
After earning your BS degree from King, have you had a salary increase? Keeping in mind that I went from part-time to full-time, I experienced a 100% salary increase. Yup, my annual income roughly doubled.
How has your Communication degree helped you in your work? My Communication degree helped me get a job within a great company. I started at Lipman Brothers as a delivery driver and after six months on the job was promoted to sales rep. Without a degree, I would not have been considered for this promotion. Also, in my job, I interact with dozens of people on a daily basis. My degree in Communication has helped me tailor my "pitch" to any audience as needed. My knowledge also helps me effectively resolve conflicts that arise.
Laura Potts, a Spring 2013 Graduate
What is your job title? Social Media Manager
Where do you work? National Wildlife Federation
After earning your BS degree from King, have you had a salary increase? My career has grown in leaps and bounds since I graduated. I have advanced into a much larger role and increased my salary 30%.
How has your Communication degree helped you in your work? So many of my colleagues in digital marketing have a communication degree. My education has helped me listen to potential donors, understand my audience, communicate with forethought and purpose, resolve conflicts, think creatively, and motivate future donors.
What other positive outcomes have come from studying communication? Since communication is something we all use (all day) every day, it has improved the way I relate to and communicate with others. The program's theory classes teach why we communicate the way we do, and the practice application classes teach how to communicate better in interpersonal situations and in groups outside the workplace. More than any other field, this program provides invaluable tools to use in every aspect of life.
April Tomlin, a Spring 2013 Graduate
What is your job title? Senior Services Manager
Where do you work? Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett
Is this a different job (since earning your Communication degree)? Since graduating from King, I was promoted to a management position. I currently oversee five Knox County senior centers and manage a staff of eleven employees. We are in the process of building a sixth center which will add two more employees to my staff. Had it not been for my communication degree, I would not have qualified for this promotion.
After earning your BS degree from King, have you had a salary increase? Yes, I received a salary increase of $14,000 annually.
How has your Communication degree helped you in your work? My promotion has given me the opportunity to prove my skills as a manager, therefore, giving me significant job recognition. I'm so proud of the opportunities and accomplishments I've achieved since graduating from King. My degree has made a huge difference in my life professionally, as well as personally. I have more confidence in my management and communication skills. I just feel better about myself all around.
Neela Brown, a Fall 2013 Graduate
What is your job title? Legal Assistant
Where do you work? Revenue Recovery Corporation (RRC)
Is this a different job (since earning your Communication degree)? I began working for this company as a collections representative but was promoted to the legal department one month after I graduated from King University.
After earning your BS degree from King, have you had a salary increase? My new position at RRC is double the salary of my previous position.
How has your Communication degree helped you in your work? I believe my bachelor’s degree helped me get the promotion. The fact that I worked full-time while working at RCC highly impressed the people who interviewed and hired me. The communication degree helps in every aspect of my job. It is a high-pressure job requiring a strong work ethic. Effective communication with the attorney and my other co-workers is essential. Much of my job is speaking with debtors who are being sued; I have to be tough yet professional and many classes from the Communication curriculum helped to strengthen these skills and build my confidence.
What other positive outcomes have come from studying communication? I am happy with my current job and with life outside of work. In fact, I recently began volunteering with "Friends of Literacy," an organization that provides adult education. Being involved with this kind of charity has always been a dream of mine, and I know that my communication degree will help me serve our community in so many ways.
Kelly Handly, a Spring 2014 Graduate
What is your job title? Legal Assistant
Where do you work? Bosch law Firm
Is this a different job (since earning your Communication degree)? No, same job. However, I know the value of what I learned at King. I believe, without a doubt, that my communication knowledge will help with future plans to attend law school.
How has your Communication degree helped you in your work? My degree has enabled me to become a more articulate writer. I try to use the "less is more" approach when corresponding and editing work. It's quality versus quantity!