Why a journalism degree?

Journalism school graduates know how to gather reliable information and share it with an audience in a clear, engaging way.

But can they get jobs and earn a living? The experts at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics think so. Here’s a summary of current median pay and projected job openings due to growth through 2024 for several of the careers that a four-year journalism school degree can lead to.

Source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Interested in seeing how this chart was made? Learn the skills, and more, free, by going here.

Compared to all bureau-tracked U.S. jobs requiring a four-year degree, graphic designers, public relations professionals, and editors can expect above-median numbers of job openings by 2024, according to the bureau’s estimates. Meanwhile, managers in public relations and advertising presently draw median salaries in the low six-figure range, well above the national norm. You can learn more by searching the bureau’s Occupational Outlook Handbook for terms including “journalism,” “public relations,” “advertising,” and “graphic design.”

Furthermore, Monster.com’s list of Top 10 jobs for journalism grads includes a number of careers the bureau doesn’t track, including content marketer, grant writer, and social media specialist. To see an even broader range of journalism-related jobs, check out Monster.com’s editorial careers category and the listings on JournalismJobs.com.

Other careers might pay more, expand faster, or offer more new jobs. But if you are drawn to the important work of finding and telling the truth through media, a journalism degree can help you turn that interest into a reasonably secure and profitable career.

See also:
Media and Communication Occupations, Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
School of Journalism, Middle Tennessee State University

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