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Career Spotlight: Communications

A career in a communications-related field is a great choice for those who love to work with other people and are detail- and schedule-oriented, creative, and articulate. Those working in a communications-related career may travel for their job, and often they work in an office with colleagues during regular business hours. Some communications professionals work on a freelance basis and may be able to work from home. These careers can be quite rewarding and versatile for the right job seeker.
 

Degrees, Training, or Certifications Required for Communications-Related Careers

  • Editors need a Bachelor's Degree (often in English, Communications, Journalism, or a related field) as well as work experience.
  • Technical Writers need a Bachelor's Degree, as well as experience with technical subject areas such as computer science, software, or engineering.
  • Writers and Authors usually need a Bachelor's Degree, depending on what they are writing, and for whom (a journal, publication, company, etc.). Common majors for writers and authors include English, Communications, and Journalism.
  • Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts need a Bachelor's Degree (usually in Communications or Journalism) and can increase their job prospects with internships or experience with school publications such as a college newspaper.
  • Public Relations Specialists need a Bachelor's Degree and with work experience may advance to positions as Public Relations Managers.
  • Advertising Specialists need a Bachelor's Degree and with work experience may advance to positions as Advertising Managers.

Career Areas for Communications Careers

Communications careers span many areas. Some common career areas include:

  • Editors
  • Technical Writers
  • Marketing Writers
  • Copywriters
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Marketing Managers
  • Authors
  • Publishers
  • Reporters
  • Correspondents
  • News Analysts
  • Commentators
  • Announcers

Potential Earnings and Job Projections for Communications Careers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for Editors in 2010 was $51,470, with little employment increase expected between 2010 and 2020. The median annual salary for Technical Writers was $63,280, with expected job growth of 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts had an annual median salary of $36,000, with a growth rate of 10 percent between 2010 and 2020. Public Relations Specialists have an annual median salary of $57,550, with a projected growth rate of 23 percent between 2010 and 2020. Advertising Specialists had an annual median salary of $57,550 with a job growth rate of 23 percent between 2010 and 2020.

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