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Career Opportunities with a Major in Journalism

The study of Journalism and Public Relations prepares students for careers as reporters and editors at newspapers and magazines; as freelance writers; in desktop publishing; in corporate, agency and non-profit public relations; and in corporate communications, among others. In addition, the internet has opened up a wealth of opportunities for careers in on-line publications.

Skills Related to Journalism

  • Ability to read and write articulately and analytically

  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary

  • Good listening, clarifying, questioning, and responding skills

  • Ability to work well under pressure

  • Ability to conduct and clearly explain research results

  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time

Potential Careers Related to Journalism

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Journalism major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Journalism majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Advertising Copywriter/Account Executive Announcer, TV/radio Website Administrators
Community Relations Director Consumer Advocate

Desktop Publisher

Editor Freelance Writer Fund Raiser
Greeting Card Writer Information Scientist Insurance Agent/Broker
Interpreter/Translator Journalist Lawyer
Librarian Linguist Lobbyist
News Analysts, Reporters Playwright Publisher
Proofreader Public Relations Photographer / Photojournalist
Screen/TV Scriptwriter Speechwriter Teacher
Technical Writer TV/Film Director Travel Writer

Employers in Journalism

  • Advertising Agencies

  • Bookstores

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Communication Firms

  • Film Companies

  • Fund-Raising Firms

  • Government Agencies

  • Insurance Companies

  • Magazines

  • Newspapers

  • Personnel Departments

  • Professional Journals

  • Public Relations Firms

  • Publishing Firms

  • Radio/TV Industry

  • Research/Development Firms

  • Telecommunication Companies

  • Travel Agencies

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Journalism


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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