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Communication Studies

Communication, is a fundamental facet of the existence of human beings. Communication includes the expression of sound, visual, oral, and written symbols. Communication studies is directed toward the understanding of the various ways in which humans develop, collect, publicize, and transfer information through symbols, specifically through mass media. Major areas of specialization include journalism, telecommunications, film, television, radio, and advertising.

Walter Cronkite- "In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story."

Career Fields Associated with Communication Studies Majors:

  • Account Executive
  • Editor
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Actor/Actress
  • Educator
  • Political Scientist
  • Advertising Worker
  • Flight Attendant
  • Producer (film,TV)
  • Announcer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Copy Editor
  • Arbitrator
  • Graphic Artist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Auctioneer
  • Journalist
  • Publisher
  • Audiologist
  • Lawyer
  • Receptionist
  • Audio/Visual Librarian
  • Lecturer Reporter
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Lobbyist
  • Research Library Technician
  • Columnist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Salesperson/Manager
  • Commentator
  • Media Specialist
  • Speech Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Music Director
  • Technical Writer
  • Counselor
  • News Photographer
  • Television Director
  • Disc Jockey
  • Online Content Developer
  • Video Engineer

Related Skills:

  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and express physical and social events and behaviors to others
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Ability to read accurately and analytically
  • Ability to people with varying backgrounds
  • Ability to respond quickly to unexpected circumstances
  • Ability to solve problems and make decisions
  • Background of general knowledge
  • Good listening, clarifying, questioning, and responding skills
  • High proficiency in written and oral communication

Personal attributes associated with Communication Studies:

  • Creativity
  • Independence
  • Intellectual growth
  • Poise and composure under close public scrutiny and criticism
  • Appreciation for clear and stimulating communication
  • Pleasant and friendly attitude
  • Imagination
  • Integrity
  • Self-Confidence
  • Tactfulness
  • Versatility

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.